Geometry Integrated Health is proud to offer physiotherapy in Victoria BC. In our effort to expand the options available to our patients, we welcome physiotherapist Vincent Warcop BSc PT, MCPA to our team.
Vince has worked in many different clinical settings and has acquired a broad comprehensive skill set. His strong clinical background has allowed him to successfully treat a multitude of orthropedic, sport, work, and chronic pain conditions. Here in Victoria, Vince utilizes a “hands-on” patient centered approach to treatment. In addition, he has a special interest in hyper-mobility and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Physiotherapists are licensed health care professionals who work with the entire body to restore and maintain a patient’s mobility, fitness, and overall health. Vincent Warcop, physiotherapist in Victoria BC, uses a patient-centred approach, combined with an evidence informed knowledge of rehabilitation sciences, anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology to assess, treat, and manage pain, injuries, movement dysfunction, and chronic conditions. While many people associate physiotherapy with recovery from surgery, or an injury and rehabilitation few people however are aware that physiotherapy is a powerful tool to help prevent pain, support athletic performance, improve posture, and increase overall quality of life.
“The heart of the physiotherapy profession… is understanding how and why movement and function take place. Physiotherapists are highly skilled and autonomous health professionals who provide safe, quality client-centred physiotherapy through a commitment to service availability, accessibility and excellence.“
At the core of physiotherapy is the patient’s involvement in their own care through education, awareness, empowerment, and participation in their treatment.
You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life and it is covered by many extended health plans. Physiotherapy can help with back pain, a sudden injury, or management of a long-term medical condition such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Physiotherapy can also play an important role in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event. Geometry is proud to offer physiotherapy in Victoria BC.
Physiotherapy is beneficial for anyone of any age including babies and seniors. If you have experienced an injury at the gym, surgery, or even a motor vehicle accident physiotherapy can help. Physiotherapy is also ideal for those looking to incorporate more physical activity into their lives or those looking to begin a new physical activity. Through preventative care a physiotherapist can help reduce the risk of injury and eliminate unwanted downtime.
Physiotherapy is also beneficial for those managing a chronic illness such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or arthritis. Many of these conditions can inhibit the body from functioning optimally. Sometimes pain and discomfort develop so slowly that people tend to accept it as “normal” and the dysfunction becomes an accepted part of everyday life. A physiotherapist can teach you to manage your symptoms and and help you maintain optimal mobility.
Although there is no cure for arthritis it does not mean that you can’t manage or slow down the progression of the disease. Physiotherapy can help reduce risk, relieve pain, and improve function for patients managing arthritis. A physio can help by teaching you specific exercises that are less stressful and that apply less compression to the joints with the goal of increasing your range of motion and strengthening muscles. In addition, a physio may use heat or cold therapy in conjunction with manual therapies to reduce pain and inflammation and to help improve mobility and flexibility.
If you or someone you know has arthritis, don’t wait until you require joint replacement surgery to start treating your condition. Early treatment can help to slow down the progression of arthritis and even the need for surgery.
Back pain is something many people will experience at some stage during their lives and is in fact the most common reason for missed days at work. Luckily, in most cases, the cause of pain is not serious and can be resolved in a few days or weeks with help from a physiotherapist.
A physiotherapist will first asses the cause of your back pain and then combine manual therapy which is hands-on treatment including techniques like myofascial release and mobilization, along with specific exercises to address the cause and eliminate the pain.
Frozen shoulder is a common condition that results in the loss of ability to move the shoulder in all directions. The shoulder “freezes” and reaching overhead, behind the back, or to the side becomes restricted and painful.
Frozen shoulder has three stages.
One of the many purposes of the lymphatic system is to return fluids (lymph) from tissues to venus circulation. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is deficient or damaged and fluid begins to accumulate in the the body. The most commonly affected parts of the body are the arms and lower legs which swell due to the abnormal accumulation of protein-rich lymphatic fluid. This accumulation of fluid can lead to discomfort and pain and can interfere with daily activities.
If it is not treated, lymphedema can cause enlargement of the tissue channels that transport the lymph fluid, limit the oxygen in the transport system, interfere with wound healing, and provide a culture medium for bacteria that can result in lymphangitis (infection).
Like arthritis, there is no cure for lymphedema however, there is treatment available to help prevent or limit the severity of the condition. Treatment with a physiotherapist can include compression pumps, bandaging techniques, massage, or a combination of therapies to improve circulation and decrease pain. A physiotherapist will also encourage exercise and activity with certain precautions and possibly assist in obtaining and fitting a compression garment with instruction on frequency and use. The goal is to help the patient manage their condition and to maintain a desirable quality of life.
Repetitive strain injury is a general term used to describe more than 20 disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis. RSI most commonly affects those involved in activities or work that involves frequent repetitive motion. This can be typing on a keyboard at work, texting on a smartphone, working out at the gym, or playing a sport. The risk of RSI increases when the repetitive motion is combined with bad posture or heavy weights.
If you are experiencing numbness, tingling, sharp pain, dull ache, weakness, loss of grip strength, or restricted mobility then you may be suffering from a repetitive strain injury. If an RSI goes untreated the pain can eventually interfere with everyday work and life.
A physiotherapist will treat a repetitive strain injury by correcting postural irregularities, facilitating ergonomic changes to working conditions, and by promoting proper stretching and exercise habits that reduce symptoms and promote recovery. A key component to an effective treatment plan is the identification, then alteration or elimination of the situations that caused to the repetitive strain injury.
In many cases you don’t have to suffer through chronic pain or mobility issues. Many of the underlying causes of a persons discomfort can be easily addressed. It is important to seek help sooner rather than later; many conditions will worsen if they are not properly treated. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the longer recovery can take. Book an initial assessment with a physiotherapist in Victoria BC to ensure you don’t suffer unnecessarily.
When you arrive at Geometry for your physiotherapy appointment you will be greeted by our friendly reception who will make sure you are comfortable and help you fill out any outstanding paperwork. Your first visit will usually take about an hour and the physiotherapist will let you know what it will involve.
With your consent the physiotherapist will ask questions about your condition, any pain you may be experiencing, your health history, and your fitness goals. The physiotherapist will also look at how you move, do strength tests, examine your posture, and look at how you walk. It is important to always communicate any pain or discomfort you experience during an assessment or treatment. Anything you share can help the physiotherapist better understand your condition and tailor the treatment to your unique needs to ensure you get the best care possible.
Many extended health plans cover physiotherapy and many offer direct billing for your appointment. The amount covered varies from plan to plan, therefore it is always best to contact your extended health provider directly to find out exactly what is covered under your plan. For a list of our direct billing partners please visit our direct billing page.
If it is your first visit there will be some important intake forms for you to fill out. To save time all forms are sent electronically to you when the appointment is booked and you can fill them out online. If you have any difficulty completing the online forms please arrive 15 – 20 minutes early for your appointment and our reception staff will be happy to help. If you are a return patient please arrive approximately 5 minutes before your appointment and help yourself to some complimentary herbal tea while you relax and wait for your treatment.
For physiotherapy appointments, it is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing to access the injured area. Often you will be asked to disrobe to your comfort level to access the tissue around the injury or area of concern. We will respect your privacy and the privacy of others by working with you in a private room and by providing you with adequate draping, towels or a gown. Depending on the nature of your treatment you may want to bring clothes to change into that allow for unrestricted movement.
Still, have questions or wondering if Physiotherapy is right for you? Contact us at 250-590-3757 and ask to speak to a physiotherapist or send us an email through our contact page with your specific questions.