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About Us

This is a Temiskaming Shores based Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy Clinic focusing on chronic pain. We provide one-on-one Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy sessions in a quiet space. We incorporate knowledge, understanding and experience of John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach and Functional Movement System to treat a variety of conditions like headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, whiplash, back pain, knee pain, wrist, elbow pain, etc. We believe in whole body approach, not just focusing on symptoms but focusing on eradicating the root cause as well.

About the Therapist

Shardul Kara
Registered Physiotherapist,

  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • Intermediate Level John Barnes Myofascial Release Therapist
  • Level 1 Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment(SFMA)
  • Level 2 Selective Functional Movement Assessment(SFMA)
  • Certified Equine Myofascial Release Practitioner

Shardul has been a Resident of Temiskaming Shores for 4 years now and embraced this region as his adopted home. He has lived in different places in Ontario from South Western Ontario to North Eastern Ontario. He is committed to improve quality of life of the people of Northern Ontario by bringing state of the art, therapeutic skills through constant professional development in the form of continuing education.

He graduated from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences’, Four and a half year Bachelor of Physiotherapy Program( B.P.T) program in India before moving to Canada. He, then pursued his further education in Massage Therapy and graduated with Program Dean’s Honor List from Lambton College Massage Therapy program in Sarnia.

Early in his career, he discovered the benefits of myofascial release treatments and has since completed extensive training in John Barnes Myofascial Release and he is now an Intermediate Level MFR Practitioner. He aims to travel more for courses and become Expert Level MFR Practitioner by 2020, as it requires extensive training. He, later came across Functional Movement Systems and he realized he could improve his ability to assess movement patterns from a functional level, so he went on to do his Level 1 Certification and Level 2 in Selective Functional Movement Assessment. He, also did his certification in Mark Barnes Equine Myofascial Release where he learnt to address horses’ musculoskeletal injuries as well.

Shardul had to face various roadblocks in his journey. He got affected by Stuttering or Speech Impediment when he was 4 years old. He had communication challenges throughout his childhood on various levels, which persisted throughout his school and university days. He, later realized that it was actually self acceptance and fear of speaking in public, which was aggravating his stuttering. In order to gain his fluency, he disciplined himself over the years by incorporating various strategies to combat self acceptance and fear through perseverance and resiliency. He used the same strategy to achieved all his scholastic and career goals, which is ongoing.

He is an avid yoga lover and he practices yoga regularly as part of self care and adds some of his yoga knowledge towards exercise program for his clients. He also loves climbing, playing tennis, travelling and being outdoors. He has the zeal to learn everything he can to serve his community. Compassion, Kindness and Altruism are some of his key qualities.

Services

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Assessments:

  • Physiotherapy Assessment(60 min)….$95
  • Physiotherapy Assessment (45 min)….$80

Follow ups:

  • 90 min Physiotherapy Follow up….$125
  • 60 min Physiotherapy Follow up….$95
  • 45 min Physiotherapy Follow up….$80
  • 30 min Physiotherapy Follow up….$60

Massage Therapy

  • 90 min Massage Therapy….$125
  • 60 min Massage Therapy….$95
  • 45 min Massage Therapy….$80
  • 30 min Massage Therapy….$60

Home Visit/Out of Town Visit Option

All Home Visit requests will have the same rates and there will be no extra mileage charges for residents who live within the limits of Temiskaming Shores.

Please note that we also offer Out of town Visits, please contact us for more details.

If you are unsure about your pathway, whether you should come for physiotherapy or massage therapy session, please contact us and we will choose and discuss the best pathway for you.
Payment Method Preference

Cash > Etransfer > Cheque > Credit Cards
Please note that we do not accept Debit Cards.

Cancellation Policy

No Late Cancellation Fees because of the honour system, however recurrent last minute cancellations will lead to implementation of the same.

Philosophy

Healing May not be so much about Getting Better, as about Letting Go of everything that isnt you- All of the Expectations, All of the Beliefs-And Becoming who you are.

– Rachel Naomi Remen

The whole practice is based on Regional Interdependence- A Whole Body Approach, treating mind, body and spirit. Finding the root cause of the pain, not just focusing on the symptoms and then focus on learning new functional patterns, thereby eyeing for functional independence.

Physiotherapy approach is a blend John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach and Selective Functional Movement Assessment. We do not use Electrotherapy Modalities. Massage Therapy Practice is a Blend of John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach and application of Deep Tissue Swedish Massage. We strongly believe in education clients about self treatment, prevention and encourage to be an active participant in their healing process and not just rely on passive manual therapy techniques.

Approach

JOHN BARNES MYOFASCIAL RELEASE APPROACH

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.

Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

For more information visit www.myofascialrelease.com

SELECTIVE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT

Standardized Movement Based Diagnostic Screening, Testing, Assessment and Rehab System used generally by Professional Sports teams. Selective Functional Movement Assessment or SFMA helps to identify movement dysfunction which can be a result of pain.

It is based upon the concept that seemingly unrelated impairments in a remote anatomical region may contribute or associated with the client’s primary complaint. It gives us a baseline information whether the issue is mobility, stability or motor control dysfunction.

Based on assessment, appropriate interventions in the form of mobility exercises or stability/motor control reloading exercises are discussed.

For more information visit www.functionalmovement.com

FAQ

I am in pain, I do not know whether I should choose Physiotherapy or Massage Therapy session?

There is an overlap of techniques and methods in our physiotherapy and massage therapy approach. So, the determination of pathway, whether to choose physiotherapy or massage therapy is best to be discussed with the therapist, when booking a treatment session. If you are booking online, you can always call us if you are not sure or arrive early for your first appointment and discuss before beginning the session.

What to expect in your first Physiotherapy session?

You are adviced to bring shorts and tank top/sports bra, if applicable. Your first session is a 60 minute or 45 minute assessment session where we do an in-depth postural evaluation as well as check movement patterns to determine the root cause of the pain or challenges. We, then discuss it with you to determine goals and help you reach them. The consequent sessions will be either 60 minutes, 45 minutes or 30 minutes.

What to expect in your first Massage Therapy session?

You are adviced to bring shorts and tank top/sports bra, if applicable. You can choose 60 minute, 45 minute or 30 minute sessions. We do an in-depth postural evaluation to determine the root cause of the pain or challenges. We do not assess movement patterns in detail as it comes under physiotherapy umbrella as a more focused tool. If you wish, you can also request to have Deep Tissue Massage rather than having a Myofascial Release treatment approach. This is something, you need to discuss with your therapist.

Is my visit covered by OHIP?

No, our services are not covered by OHIP

Do you offer In home visits or group massage therapy sessions or out of town visits?

Yes, we offer in home visits and group visits, like a weekend getaway or special events at no extra mileage costs within the limits of Temiskaming Shores. We also accept special requests like out of town visits, if it is a group looking for sessions with added mileage costs.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, we offer massage therapy gift certificates, you can load upto $500 worth of session.

What makes your clinic different?

We do not treat multiple patients in the same hour instead we value your time and offer only one-on-one session and therapist will spend time with you that whole time you are booked. We minimize the use of any electrotherapy modalities and we only use them when indicated. We take pride in our ongoing continuing education and believe that is essential to maintain highest quality care to our patients.

Do you direct billing and do I need a doctor's referral to see you?

We do not do direct billing, you pay up front and then claim through your insurance company, if applicable.

You do not need a doctor’s referral to access any of our services, however you should check with your insurance company as sometimes, they need to have a doctor’s referral to have the treatment fees reimbursed

What are your hours of operation and do you offer weekend or evening appointments as well?

Yes, we do offer weekend appointments as well as some evenings. Please look at the schedule by clicking Book Now button. If you cant see any openings for your preferred time, please contact us and we will keep you on a cancellation list and will make room for you as soon as our next slot opens up.

What conditions do you treat?

Back Pain, Headaches, Whiplash, Pelvic pain, Neck Pain, Sports Injuries, Chronic Pain, Disc Problems, Migraines, Neurological Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adhesions, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Jaw Pain, Painful Scars, Scoliosis, Sciatica, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, etc

Is your facility, wheelchair accessible?

Sorry, our facility is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

Contact us

Visit Us

166 Armstrong Street (Your Link to Health and Fitness Building),
New Liskeard ON P0J 1P0
Canada

Instructions

Back Door Access (Walk up the driveway on the left side of the building)

Contact

705 622 9736
info@shardulkaraptrmt.ca

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