Services & Programs

Physiotherapy

Whenever you see a Synergy physiotherapist, you will be assessed and treated as a WHOLE person, not as a particular body part. All of the Registered Physiotherapists at Synergy Physio have extensive education and training in both the Thoracic Ring Approach™ and ConnectTherapy™, the total body models created by physiotherapist Dr. Linda-Joy (LJ) Lee. These models provide common frameworks that are used by the entire North Vancouver Synergy Team.

Within the overarching assessment and treatment frameworks of these models, our therapists use a variety of tools and techniques to facilitate your recovery and help you reach your goals. You can find out more about the different techniques we use to help you Move Better, Feel Better & Be Better by clicking on the related images below.

In addition, the individual therapists of Synergy Physio also have their own special interests and additional training and/or certifications. These different areas of interest and their work with specific populations are highlighted in the physiotherapist biographies.

A key priority is to help you understand the ways you can self-manage your problem. Thus an important part of your process will involve an individualized and progressive exercise program based on our whole body assessment. Our gym is equipped with a variety of equipment to facilitate your training program, and our Clinical ConnectPilates™ Program provides a unique environment to train new, more optimal movement patterns to support reaching your goals.

We’re proud of the diversity and high level of skill and passion in our team – together we work with you as a team to help you reach your goals.

 


Kinesiology

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the study of human movement, performance, and function. Kinesiologists are provincially-registered movement specialists who can provide a variety of services, including optimizing function and promoting recovery through rehabilitation programs. Kinesiologists can help you develop an effective and safe home exercise program, and provide support in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

What is Active Rehabilitation?

Active Rehabilitation is a type of rehabilitation that uses targeted and functional exercise in order to improve recovery from injuries and chronic conditions. Each client is assessed using motion analysis combined with evidence-based clinical expertise to get you towards your goals. Active rehabilitation and kinesiology can help with pain, chronic conditions, acute injuries such as whiplash, post-surgery, and reduce the risk of re-injury.

During your rehabilitation, a registered kinesiologist will design an individualized exercise program to address your posture, mobility, stability and strength. Each session is based on YOUR goals, and how your body moves.  

How does the Active Rehabilitation program work?

If you have a claim with ICBC, you are pre-approved for 12 visits with a Registered Kinesiologist within the first 12 weeks of your accident. These sessions are a vital step in your recovery from any motor vehicle accident. 

The first session will be a thorough assessment and evaluation of your current movement quality, as well as a chance to set your movement and lifestyle goals. The following 45 minute sessions will then be focused on progressing your ability to move, as well as developing home exercises and strategies that will help you get towards your functional goals. Each session is one-on-one with the kinesiologist so that you are getting the maximum benefit of our clinical expertise.

If you are also working with one of our ConnectTherapy™ trained Physiotherapists as part of your recovery from your Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA), your Kinesiologist and Physiotherapist will coordinate your treatment and exercise program so that you get maximum benefit and improvement from all your sessions.

At Synergy, we have a wide variety of equipment including a variety of Pilates equipment, TRX, and free weights.

What to Wear

For your session, please wear clothing and socks/shoes that you can move around comfortably in. 

Book your session with our Kinesiologist Courtney Chan to work on your movement goals today.


Pilates

Pilates is a method of exercise that was created by Joseph Pilates, originally called “Contrology“. He had a holistic view of health and believed that a regular movement practice formed an essential part of not only our physical health, but also our emotional and spiritual health.

Change happens through movement, and movement heals.

Joseph Pilates

The Pilates repertoire consists of a variety of exercises performed on the mat and on specialized equipment using spring resistance and assistance. Equipment based Pilates provides a unique environment to facilitate achieving a combination of stability & control with flexibility and flow, coordinated with the breath.

Speaking of the power of his method, Joseph Pilates has said:

In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.

We have a variety of options and skilled instructors ready to help you explore the possibilities your body possesses. Choose from Group equipment classes, Semi-private sessions, and Private one on one sessions. Our instructors work with clients of all ages, whatever your exposure to Pilates.

For more information, call our Front Desk and check out our different Pilates services below. Go to our Booking page to see available times here.

 


Massage Therapy

Performed by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), massage therapy involves using different pressures, movements and techniques to manipulate muscles, fascia, and other soft tissues in the body. There are multiple benefits of massage therapy – these include calming your nervous system, releasing stress and tension, providing relief from symptoms, mobilizing scar tissue, addressing injuries, and supporting wellness.

Our Massage Therapists work closely with your ConnectTherapy™ trained Physiotherapist to help release your Drivers which provides you the movement options to more effectively train and exercise. Our aim is to provide truly integrated treatment to help you reach your goals.

Registered Massage Therapy services are eligible for coverage by most health insurance companies. Connect with our front desk to talk about direct billing and book an appointment today.


Infrared Sauna

Boost your Health

Enjoy the quiet relaxation and health benefits of our Sunlighten infrared sauna service, offered in our ConnectPilates™ Studio.
There are many benefits of infrared sauna use – these include:
  • increase circulation and improve cardiovascular function
  • detoxification
  • reduce muscle aches, joint pain, and stiffness
  • reduce chronic pain
  • boost immune function
  • increase relaxation and decrease stress
  • improve sleep
  • increase metabolism and support weight loss efforts
  • enhance recovery post-workouts

Additionally, there are several psychological benefits of infrared saunas, including improved well-being and quality of life.

Where traditional saunas use heating elements to raise the temperature of the air inside, infrared saunas use infrared light to heat your body while the air around you stays unchanged. This results in a lower ambient air temperature allowing for longer, more comfortable stays in the sauna. Infrared light also penetrates the body deeply resulting in a fast and vigorous sweat being produced. The average ambient temperature in an infrared sauna is usually 40-60°C compared to 70-90°C in traditional saunas.

If you have a health condition, please consult your doctor before booking your sessions.

What to bring to your infrared sauna experience:

  • a water bottle to stay hydrated during your session; we advise you arrive well-hydrated to start your session
  • a bathing suit / shorts / sports bra to wear in the sauna – clothes you feel comfortable sweating in
  • loose comfortable clothes to wear after your session – we will provide towels to dry off after your sauna, but you will continue to perspire after your session as you cool down

Call our Front Desk today to book your health boosting infrared sauna session (604)-986-2777.

More more information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), see our blog post here.


Programs

At Synergy we tailor our Programs to the specific needs of a group, or group of individuals– if this makes sense?

Because every person’s pain is their own, our Programs are designed to address a broad range of issues that can affect people suffering from similar, or like, problems. Whether it’s women, or men, dealing with pelvic floor issues. Or you’re just a weekend warrior attempting to keep repetitive strain/over use injuries at bay. Each individual will experience his or her own set of specific symptoms. We however, provide Programs that will address the specific needs of each person.


Consulting

As Synergy Physio + Pilates is a teaching clinic and, home to the education company Dr. Linda-Joy Lee International | Institute for Physiotherapy & Movement, we offer services to support other physiotherapists, as they develop their work in the ConnectTherapy™ & Thoracic Ring Approach™ models.

As leaders in the Physiotherapy world, several of our therapists offer Consulting Services for other physiotherapists and health professionals– looking for our recommendations and expertise on patient cases. This is helpful in situations where progress is not happening as expected, or specific questions need to be answered to help the patient move forward. These Consulting Services are structured based on where the patient and referring professional are located (locally, or from out of town), and what information is desired.

If you’re a physiotherapist or patient seeking our recommendations/professional opinion on your specific case, we’re happy to help. There are several options available and our Clinic Manager can help direct you to the right physiotherapy consultant to help you with your needs. Please email info@synergyphysiopilates.com with your request.

Co-Consults

Physiotherapist Dr. LJ Lee provides “Co-Consult” sessions, where your patient is assessed and LJ will make recommendations on an optimal treatment plan. As the treating therapist you would attend and observe the session. As part of the Co-Consult package, we provide specific education time for the therapist, after the patient consult to give you insight into skills or clinical reasoning that will support your continued work with your patient as you take them to their next steps. You will also be provided with a written summary of our findings and recommendations. LJ can provide recommendations for patients with a diverse range of problems – from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, to Abdominal Wall problems, to recurrent Groin and Hip pain, tendinopathy, scoliosis, concussion recovery and more. If you would like to know if we can help with your patient, and for more information on Co-Consults with LJ, please contact our Clinic Manager at info@synergyphysiopilates.com

Pelvic Floor Recommendations

If you are a ConnectTherapy trained physiotherapist, looking for consultation and treatment support for your patients with Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Wall problems (including Incontinence, Prolapse, Pelvic Floor Pain, Painful Intercourse, Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, hernias and abdominal pressure), an assessment with Dr. LJ Lee will provide you with a wealth of information to focus your treatment on the most relevant influences on your patient’s symptoms. Please contact: appointment@synergyphysiopilates.com to organize your Consult.