Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy

Clinical Physiotherapy - In Person Sessions

WHAT IS MANUAL THERAPY?

Manual therapy is one of the safest and most non-invasive ways to effectively treat pain. Manual therapy is a specialized physiotherapy technique that can help you avoid surgery or manage post-surgery conditions. It is also beneficial for improving balance, mobility, and overall physical health. Whether you are recovering from a recent injury or have a chronic condition that causes pain, our team of expert physiotherapists can get you on the road to recovery.

IS MANUAL THERAPY RIGHT FOR YOU?

Manual therapy is great for patients who are recovering from injury or seeking relief from chronic pain, such as headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain. It can also be useful as a preparation technique before surgery. Manual therapy is intended to treat soft tissue, joint, and inflammation pain, as well as increase range of motion and overall function.

Benefits of manual therapy include:

• Pain management

• Increased range of motion

• Reduced swelling and inflammation

• Improved muscle function

• Improved mobility

• Stabilize joints

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HOW IT WORKS

Manual therapy is a physiotherapy technique that uses skilled hand movements to relieve pain and stiffness. By manipulating joints and applying pressure to muscles, manual therapy stimulates your nervous system and uses physical pressure to release tight muscles and joints. Types of manual therapy may include joint mobilization, manipulative therapy, Myofascial release, trigger point release, and more. Your individual treatment plan will be determined by your physiotherapist.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our team uses a clinical approach based on skilled “hands-on” therapy to decrease pain and improve the mobility of joints, soft tissues and nerves. In your session, your physiotherapist will work on a specific muscle or joint, depending on your initial assessment. Treatments can include applying pressure to the area, stimulating the joint, or soft tissue massage. Our physiotherapists combine manual therapy with exercise prescription and rehabilitation which will lead to a faster recovery of your function.

HOW TO PREPARE

Whenever starting a new physiotherapy program, bring a list of any medications to your first appointment, along with any relevant X-rays and MRIs. If you’re experiencing pain symptoms beforehand, make a note of them and be sure to tell your therapist ahead of time. If you are involved in an accident claim with ICBC, be sure to get treatment approval before your sessions begin.

Masks are manditory for in-person treatment, in compliance with BC's mask mandate. Please read our Covid-19 procedures for more information.

POST-SESSION

Come dressed in appropriate attire so your physiotherapist may have easy access to the area of concern. Whenever starting a new physiotherapy program, bring a list of any medications to your first appointment, along with any relevant X-rays and MRIs. If you’re experiencing pain symptoms beforehand, make a note of them and be sure to tell your therapist ahead of time. If you are involved in an accident claim with ICBC, be sure to get treatment approval before your sessions begin.

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FEES

Initial Assessment - $110
Follow Up Session - $95
Follow Up Session (Extended) - $130

To book, please select Clinical Physiotherapy from our online booking platform. To maximize your session’s value, and take advantage of our diverse treatment options, fees are inclusive of all treatments used during your session. Your physiotherapist will work with you to help assess which treatments will be most beneficial during your visit.

VanCity Physio offers direct billing.

I saw Ranko for my first physio visit. I am a dentist and experience tightness in my neck and shoulders a lot. Ranko did a thorough assessment and recommended the proper treatment best suited for my needs.

My body felt so relaxed and relieved after my visit with Ranko. He gave me suggestions on how I can best prevent further injuries due to my work. Since them I have noticed huge improvements in my range of motion and less discomfort in my head and shoulders.

— Dr. Neda R.
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Ranko has taught me many things about my recovery and has encouraged me every step of the way. His smile and attitude helps to keep me involved and optimistic. I can ask for honesty with him and get it … qualities that reflect more than one healing process.

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I recently suffered an injury from playing sports. I had a lot of trouble walking without pain but working with Vancity Physio helped me quickly return to what I love doing most. Injuries don't just affect a person physically, but can take an emotional toll. Having a physiotherapist who is knowledgeable in their practice, patient with explaining my condition and being personable to work made all the difference in my full recovery.

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Vancity Physio has played a pivotal role in my journey to healing my back after a car accident in 2017. Their positive attitude and ability to build instant rapport with each of his clients constantly amazes me.

Their dedication to solving the mystery behind my injury and constant support in advocating for my health has been a necessary component to the success I've had treating this injury.

I trust Vancity Physio fully with this injury and I will undoubtedly be visiting any time I need to see a physiotherapist in the future. Do yourself a favour and book in now!

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Practitioners

Tim Fung

Physiotherapist | Manual Therapist

Tim completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Physiotherapy Degree from the University of Sydney.

Tim has extensive experience working with a wide range of individuals including youth, working professionals, recreational/semi-professional athletes and weekend warriors.

Tim has additional training and specialization in the following skills: sports injury management, running injuries/running and treadmill assessments, office/workplace injury management, repetitive overuse injuries, injury prevention technique, functional reconditioning, and personalized, tailored exercise prescription.

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Ella Hebron

Physiotherapist

Ella has been practicing physiotherapy for over 10 years in the United Kingdom in various hospitals around London after graduating from University of Brighton in 2011. 

Ella has an interim license as a Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, due to be fully licensed by 2022. She is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the United Kingdom. She has spent the last 6 years at the Whittington Hospital London as a Senior Physiotherapist, and has worked with physiotherapists in the leading spinal cord injury rehab centre in London. 

She has clinical experience with clients of all ages, in intensive care rehabilitation, oncology, acute stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. Ella also has extensive experience in orthopaedic rehabilitation, including post trauma rehab, hip and knee replacement, shoulder surgery and ACL rehabilitation.

Ella Hebron

Jennifer Chew

Physiotherapist

Jennifer Chew is a Registered Physiotherapist who graduated from UBC with a Masters of Physical Therapy. Along with her physiotherapy degree, Jennifer also has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from McGill as well as a Masters of Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her clinical experience as a physiotherapist, Jennifer has more than a decades-worth of personal training experience and it was personal training that initially got her started into developing a passion for pursuing further education in rehabilitation.

Jennifer uses evidence-based practice and uses her expertise in exercise, strength and conditioning in combination with manual therapy and other treatment modalities to empower her clients to return to their healthy and injury-free life.

Jennifer is also fluent in Cantonese and is proficient in Mandarin.

Jennifer Chew

Jenny Wu

Physiotherapist

Jenny is an interim physiotherapist who graduated from UBC with a Masters of Physical Therapy and a Bachelors of Science.

She plans to become fully registered with the BC College of Physiotherapists in the following months.

Jenny has experience working with clients in geriatric fall prevention, joint replacement rehab, inpatient post-operative, and paediatrics.

She believes that physio treatment should be individualized and uses a combination of manual therapy, education, and exercises to help her clients.

When not in the clinic, you might find Jenny at the gym or trying a new local cafe. Jenny also enjoys skiing, hiking and jogging, and is constantly inspired by her clients to try different activities — like learning how to swim, camp, or snowboard. Jenny is fluent in Cantonese.

Jenny Wu

Ranko Vukovic

Physiotherapist | GUNN IMS Practitioner

Ranko is a Registered Physiotherapist (RPT) licensed with the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

He graduated from UBC in 2015 with a Masters of Physical Therapy. A passion for sport saw Ranko work as a BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer and Kinesiologist, creating tailored training programs for a diverse group of clients, educating and motivating them to reach their personal fitness goals. 

Ranko has post-graduate training in treating jaw pain, otherwise known as TMJ and Orofacial pain.  He’s also a Certified CGIMS Practitioner, and has completed his training at UBC. In addition, Ranko finished his Functional Dry Needling (FDN) certification in University of Navada Las Vegas. Ranko's training also includes ShockWave Therapy, Mobilization with Movement and Kinetic Link Training. He was featured in the Top 100 Canadians Magazine for 2020.

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Andriana Reppas

Physiotherapist

Andi is an Interim Physiotherapist who recently moved to Vancouver from Toronto to enjoy the mountains and beaches of BC. Coming from a family of Physiotherapists, she has always had a passion for rehabilitation and helping others. Andi completed her Master's degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Being an Interim PT, Andi plans to become fully registered with the College of Physiotherapists of BC later this year.

Andi has experience working in various practice settings, including cardiac intensive care, neuro rehab, geriatric rehab, and various orthopedic clinics. Her passion for older adults is what lead to her recently working in Long Term Care during the pandemic, specializing in falls prevention. Andi has experience treating sprains and strains of both the upper and lower extremities, low back pain, pre and post-surgery, and strength and balance training. Andi has an active approach to rehabilitation. She uses movement analysis, in combination with manual techniques and exercise prescription to help her patients pursue their health and fitness goals. A fluent speaker in Greek, on the weekends you can find her dog walking, snowboarding, hiking, and soaking up the sun.

Andriana Reppas