Tools We Use

IMPACT Health, providing physiotherapy in Bonnyville, St. Paul, Smoky Lake and the Cold Lake area near Edmonton, AB, is dedicated to customized, evidence-based care and the latest scientific technology to deliver it.

To accomplish the best results for our patients, we use a variety of healing therapies or “tools” that range from ancient arts like acupuncture to modern modalities like K-laser.

Our therapy offerings include, but are not limited to, the following:


Our team members are specially trained to use the traditional Chinese medicine therapy of acupuncture. It is particularly beneficial in bringing relief to patients who suffer from both acute and chronic pain.

Through the repeated penetration of the skin using thin, metallic needles, we help to correct imbalances of flow at points close to the skin and simultaneously relieves pain and stiffness

This is a highly customized therapy that is geared to work on problematic areas and then gently stimulate them using the needles.

Dry Needling

We are certified to deliver dry needling, a special procedure that helps reduce acute or chronic pain in patients.

It works by reducing muscle tension, promoting healing, and increasing your range of motion.

You may benefit from dry needling if you suffer from neck, back, or shoulder pain, arm pain, headaches, jaw pain, fibromyalgia, or osteoarthritis of the joints or temporomandibular disorder (TMJ) among other conditions.

Dry needling involves having our specially trained and certified physiotherapists insert a disposable filament needle into your skin and muscle tissue.

It works because the needles are directed at the myofascial trigger points that cause and refer pain throughout the body. High concentrations of chemicals that cause pain can be found in these trigger points.

When the needle is inserted, it helps to normalize these chemical levels and decrease muscle tension and pain.

K-Laser Therapy

K-Laser is the most advanced Class IV Therapeutic Laser and it delivers fast relief of pain and inflammation.

Laser therapy is the use of specific wave-lengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal.

The effects of laser energy include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling.

During K-Laser Therapy, infrared laser light interacts with your body tissues at the cellular level, increasing metabolic activity within the cell.

By improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane the increased production of cellular energy is stimulated. This causes the beneficial effects that follows including increased cellular function and tissue repair.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy is a multi-disciplinary device used by physiotherapists to speed up pain relief and bring back mobility as quickly as possible.

Essentially, it lets acoustic waves trigger biological effects within the body without the need for pharmaceuticals.

It is a great tool for helping cure sports injuries and get patients back in the game and for restoring mobility that may be comprised by injury or illness. We have found it to be particularly effective in dealing with patients whose lives are impacted by chronic pain.

The acoustic wave carries high energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues with subacute, sub chronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.

The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.

(Available at Bonnyville only)

TR Therapy (Targeted Radio-Frequency Therapy)

TR Therapy is a particularly pleasant therapy to receive as heat spreads through your body, and scientifically, it is an effective means of dramatically reducing your recovery time from pain and injury.

This multidisciplinary device is especially effective in helping patients recover from both chronic and acute sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. That is because it quickly reduces pain and edema, relaxes muscle tension, and rejuvenates damaged tissue.

It can be used with massage, passive motion, muscle activation or other techniques.

TR Therapy distributes high-frequency energy into the tissue selectively and causes hyperthermia right where needed, whether it’s a deep muscle, ligament, joint or superficial structure.

(Available at Bonnyville clinic only)

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