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Seaside/ Sheana Physiotherapy

South Surrey/White Rock IMS and Manual Physiotherapy Clinic

Who I Am

Sheana Lehigh graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2003 with her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. Since 2003, Sheana has been working full-time in private practice (except for a few maternity leaves). Sheana has also studied physiotherapy in New Zealand, has worked as a physiotherapist in the United Kingdom, and has worked part-time in hospital settings.

Sheana has a special interest in chronic/persistent pain, orthopaedic, manual and sports/dance physiotherapy. Sheana has obtained her Gunn IMS certification (*CGIMS) and her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). She focuses much of her current continuing education endeavors on the treatment of chronic/persistent pain.

Sheana has been a competitive ballet and modern dancer since she was five years old and now she also enjoys yoga, hiking, skiing, biking, and swimming. In the past 10 years, Sheana was also the Education Manager for PABC (the Physiotherapy Association of BC), a clinical skills assistant for the Masters physiotherapy students of UBC, and a mentor for internationally educated physiotherapists.

  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques such as soft tissue release, mobilizations and manipulations which are used to restore the normal movement and alignment of the neuromusculoskeletal sysytem.
  • IMS: Certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation is a holistic dry needling technique which is very effective in the diagnosis and treatment of persistent myofascial pain syndromes. The goals of the treatment are to release chronically shortened muscles, normalize the irritated nervous system, decrease pain, and improve functional movement. Please view http://www.istop.org/ims.html for more information.
  • Persistent Pain Self-management Guidance: Daily techniques are taught to help you to overcome chronic pain and to improve your quality of life. You will better understand the current knowledge surrounding chronic pain, practise specific gentle movement techniques to help re-train your nervous system and gain the tools to allow yourself to move more freely.
  • Exercise Therapy and Modalities

Why choose physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are health care professionals who diagnose and provide hands-on treatment and exercise prescription to address movement dysfunction. Physiotherapists also plan and implement individual treatment programs to prevent physical disabilities. There is no referral necessary to visit physiotherapists, and most extended health care plans cover physiotherapy treatment.

A physiotherapist is a university graduate of an accredited physiotherapy program, who is qualified to:

  • establish a physical diagnosis and determine a client's movement potential through detailed history- analysis and evaluative outcome measurements and hands-on tests;
  • plan and implement physiotherapy treatment programs, using specialized knowledge and skills in exercise prescription and hands-on techniques for the prevention and treatment of movement dysfunction;
  • evaluate results to track patient improvement or to modify treatment;
  • develop physical-health promotion programs and screening tools
  • provide education and consulting services to the public and other health-care professionals;
  • undertake related professional activities such as maintaining detailed records of patient's treatment and progress, research, teaching, and administration.

Movement dysfunction is any alteration in normal body kinetics that limits effective or efficient body performance. Movement dysfunction may be due to pain, congenital anomalies, disease processes, accident or injury, enforced inactivity, problems secondary to aging, or psychological or social stress. The dysfunction may be manifested in actual or potential impairment related to neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, respiratory or cardiovascular systems.

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