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Briony offers appointments at Bodyworx Physiotherapy

Bodyworx Physiotherapy

(250) 339-5540
 

156 Manor Drive

Comox, BC

Briony's approach

Your body is resilient and self-healing, although this may be hard to see when you are in pain.  My job is not to 'fix' you, but to guide your body (and your mind) towards wellness – it just needs a nudge in the right direction. 

Consider a broken bone. You see the doctor, and the doctor puts it in a cast. But did the doctor heal your bone?  No - your body did.  Your bone just needed a bit of support.  That is what I'm here for - to give you the information, mental perspective, and movement-based strategies you need to return to feeling healthy and capable. 

I confidently treat common orthopedic conditions, from an ankle sprain, to neck pain, to tingling in your toes. Relieving aches and pains and returning you to your daily life is what I’m here for. Additionally, people who have been in pain for a long time may find my methods particularly helpful. My approach is also great for those who have anxiety or depression alongside their pain, especially when combined with psychological counselling.

Keeping up to date with the latest research, I draw from a solid physiotherapy background, using exercise, hands-on therapy, cupping, taping techniques, and sometimes electrical modalities such as ultrasound and TENS. *I also integrate into my treatments the findings of modern pain neuroscience which support a mindful awareness during movement and meditation as effective therapeutic adjuncts. My style of physiotherapy takes into consideration whole-person influences on your pain empowering you to take control of your pain.

 

To learn more about my approach, read on!

 

Briony's approach

Your body is resilient and self-healing, although this may be hard to see when you are in pain.  My job is not to 'fix' you, but to guide your body (and your mind) towards wellness – it just needs a nudge in the right direction. 

Consider a broken bone. You see the doctor, and the doctor puts it in a cast. But did the doctor heal your bone?  No - your body did.  Your bone just needed a bit of support.  That is what I'm here for - to give you the information, mental perspective, and movement-based strategies you need to return to feeling healthy and capable. 

I confidently treat common orthopedic conditions, from an ankle sprain, to neck pain, to tingling in your toes. Relieving aches and pains and returning you to your daily life is what I’m here for. Additionally, people who have been in pain for a long time may find my methods particularly helpful. My approach is also great for those who have anxiety or depression alongside their pain, especially when combined with psychological counselling.

Keeping up to date with the latest research, I draw from a solid physiotherapy background, using exercise, hands-on therapy, cupping, taping techniques, and sometimes electrical modalities such as ultrasound and TENS. *I also integrate into my treatments the findings of modern pain neuroscience which support a mindful awareness during movement and meditation as effective therapeutic adjuncts. My style of physiotherapy takes into consideration whole-person influences on your pain empowering you to take control of your pain.

 

To learn more about my approach, read on!

Briony's approach

Your body is resilient and self-healing, although this may be hard to see when you are in pain.  My job is not to 'fix' you, but to guide your body (and your mind) towards wellness – it just needs a nudge in the right direction. 

Consider a broken bone. You see the doctor, and the doctor puts it in a cast. But did the doctor heal your bone?  No - your body did.  Your bone just needed a bit of support.  That is what I'm here for - to give you the information, mental perspective, and movement-based strategies you need to return to feeling healthy and capable. 

I confidently treat common orthopedic conditions, from an ankle sprain, to neck pain, to tingling in your toes. Relieving aches and pains and returning you to your daily life is what I’m here for. Additionally, people who have been in pain for a long time may find my methods particularly helpful. My approach is also great for those who have anxiety or depression alongside their pain, especially when combined with psychological counselling.

Keeping up to date with the latest research, I draw from a solid physiotherapy background, using exercise, hands-on therapy, cupping, taping techniques, and sometimes electrical modalities such as ultrasound and TENS. *I also integrate into my treatments the findings of modern pain neuroscience which support a mindful awareness during movement and meditation as effective therapeutic adjuncts. My style of physiotherapy takes into consideration whole-person influences on your pain empowering you to take control of your pain.

 

To learn more about my approach, read on!

Briony's approach

Your body is resilient and self-healing, although this may be hard to see when you are in pain.  My job is not to 'fix' you, but to guide your body (and your mind) towards wellness – it just needs a nudge in the right direction. 

Consider a broken bone. You see the doctor, and the doctor puts it in a cast. But did the doctor heal your bone?  No - your body did.  Your bone just needed a bit of support.  That is what I'm here for - to give you the information, mental perspective, and movement-based strategies you need to return to feeling healthy and capable. 

I confidently treat common orthopedic conditions, from an ankle sprain, to neck pain, to tingling in your toes. Relieving aches and pains and returning you to your daily life is what I’m here for. Additionally, people who have been in pain for a long time may find my methods particularly helpful. My approach is also great for those who have anxiety or depression alongside their pain, especially when combined with psychological counselling.

Keeping up to date with the latest research, I draw from a solid physiotherapy background, using exercise, hands-on therapy, cupping, taping techniques, and sometimes electrical modalities such as ultrasound and TENS. *I also integrate into my treatments the findings of modern pain neuroscience which support a mindful awareness during movement and meditation as effective therapeutic adjuncts. My style of physiotherapy takes into consideration whole-person influences on your pain empowering you to take control of your pain.

 

To learn more about my approach, read on!

Your body, resilient like a tree

Your body is resilient and self-healing, although this may be hard to see when you are in pain.  My job is not to 'fix' you, but to guide your body (and your mind) towards wellness – it just needs a nudge in the right direction. 

Consider a broken bone. You see the doctor, and the doctor puts it in a cast. But did the doctor heal your bone?  No - your body did.  Your bone just needed a bit of support.  That is what I'm here for - to give you the information, mental perspective, and movement-based strategies you need to return to feeling healthy and capable. 

I confidently treat common orthopedic conditions, from an ankle sprain, to neck pain, to tingling in your toes. Relieving aches and pains and returning you to your daily life is what I’m here for. Additionally, people who have been in pain for a long time may find my methods particularly helpful. My approach is also great for those who have anxiety or depression alongside their pain, especially when combined with psychological counselling.

Keeping up to date with the latest research, I draw from a solid physiotherapy background, using exercise, hands-on therapy, cupping, taping techniques, and sometimes electrical modalities such as ultrasound and TENS. *I also integrate into my treatments the findings of modern pain neuroscience which support a mindful awareness during movement and meditation as effective therapeutic adjuncts. My style of physiotherapy takes into consideration whole-person influences on your pain empowering you to take control of your pain.

Pain Neuroscience

: “Bioplasticity got you into this mess, and bioplasticity will get you out again” (Lorimer Moseley)

 

Pain occurs when your brain thinks your body is under threat. The more you understand about what is happening to your tissues and why you are having pain, the less likely your brain is to draw this conclusion. Believing something is “wrong” with your body and that you need to protect it is a recipe for developing chronic pain. After a thorough assessment, I can give you the tools you need to reduce the fear of pain, allowing you to safely get moving again. If physiotherapy and mindfulness techniques are not appropriate for you, I can refer you to the help you need.

 

Understanding how and why pain happens is an essential component of treating and preventing persistent pain – and the evidence supports this.  Learning about pain can take place as short or long discussions during treatments, or as suggested homework. Prescribed exercises become increasingly therapeutic when beliefs or fears about movement are addressed before performing them. From the language I use to the treatments I choose, I work from an up-to-date understanding of pain.

Traditional Physiotherapy

Traditional physiotherapy includes a complete and thorough physical assessment including hearing the story of your injury from you. From the assessment, we develop a treatment plan designed to return you to your life as you want to live it. Treatments are centered around manual therapy, using my hands to provide input to your joints and muscles, and individualized exercise prescription to stretch, strengthen, stabilize, and activate needed areas. I also use supplemental techniques such as taping to assist and support movement, or cupping to release muscle tension, among others. The treatment process is a conversation. You tell me what is happening from your perspective, I explain what I think needs be done and why. To offer you the most up-to-date, proven, and effective treatments for your condition, I check the research regularly. As we progress through your recovery and learn more about your injury, we continually focus the treatments to reflect your evolving needs.

Mindfulness

At the core, mindfulness is getting into a physiologically quiet state where the fight or flight response produced by the sympathetic nervous system is reduced. Reaching this state requires being in the present moment- non-judgmentally, with acceptance, and with great kindness. Slowly you will develop attitudes and practices that promote self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-nurturing, and gratitude.These attitudes are part of the soil your body needs to heal and adapt. Exercise can cause pain to flare up. Performing therapeutic exercises while in a mindful state decreases these painful flares allowing you to move more freely and to speed up your recovery. I can prescribe a curated mindfulness program using audio and video resources available online, and based on your personal preferences. I am then available for questions, coaching, accountability, encouragement, and guidance.