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Physiotherapy

Whether you are recovering from a sports injury, workplace injury, motor vehicle accident injury, or are confronting the onset of a potentially disabling illness or disease, we have a solution for you Physiotherapists work with individuals with temporary, or permanent, mobility problems caused by injury, disease, aging or birth abnormalities. They assess clients to determine their physical status and the potential for change. Therapy, when indicated, often focuses on:

  1. Decreasing pain
  2. Increasing joint movement and flexibility
  3. Building muscle strength and endurance
  4. Improving balance and co-ordination
  5. Enhancing tolerance in exercise and daily activities,
  6. Education about the condition and therapy program

Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques and modalities in their practice, including:
 

  1. Therapeutic exercise and specific techniques of mobilization, manipulation and facilitation
  2. Physical agents such as heat, cold, electrical modalities
  3. Functional activity training and reconditioning
  4. Assistive devices such as canes, crutches, walkers, braces and artificial limbs, orthotics


An important part of the therapy program is providing advice on ways to prevent further injury or deterioration.



Dr. Bahareh Ghanbari

BSc(PT), MSc(PT), PhD (Rehab Sciences), CAFCI, CGIMS
Registered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Chronic Pain Management

R2P Certified Concussion Therapist

Certified Women’s Health Therapist



Bahareh specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, muscular and orthopaedic injuries. She received her doctorate degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia and her Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in Physiotherapy.

Bahareh’s clinical experience includes soft tissue release, joint mobilization/manipulation, manual therapy, postural re-education, injury prevention, and exercise rehabilitation for various conditions such as back and neck strains, knee and shoulder injuries, joint replacement and sport injuries.

Bahareh practices Chan Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS), a technique for treating pain in the absence of tissue damage or inflammation. IMS is useful for headaches, whiplash, backache, tennis elbow and frozen shoulder. She has been also practicing Schroth therapy for Scoliosis for over 10 year. The Schroth Method is a nonsurgical treatment technique for scoliosis at all ages, regardless of the severity of scoliosis. It uses exercises customized for each patient to return the curved spine to a more natural position through de-rotating, elongating and stabilizing the spine in a three-dimensional plane.

Bahareh has pursued her interest in Women’s Health and Pelvic Health physiotherapy: this includes rehabilitation to address incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain and for osteoporosis. For women who are pregnant, and new Mothers, she is trained in the management of Diastasis of Rectus Abdominis (DRA) and treats chronic pelvic girdle pain.

She is also certified R2P Concussion Management therapist, and also certified in Anatomical Acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain.

Bahareh’s research focus and experience involves the study of chronic pain and muscle dysfunction using Near Infrared Spectroscopy, MRI, muscle strength testing, physical activity monitoring and quality of life in people with chronic musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary conditions. She has acted as a teacher’s assistant in clinical skills and research methodology courses, and as a clinical examiner within the Department of Physiotherapy at UBC (Master of Physiotherapy program). She also acts as a reviewer for many scientific journals on areas of chronic pain and musculoskeletal conditions.

Outside of work, Bahareh enjoys Yoga, Skiing, cycling and swimming. You can reach Bahareh for any clinical questions at: baharphysio@hotmail.com

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Chan Gunn Intramuscular stimulation (IMS)- for treatment of neuropathic pain
  • Manual therapy/Joint mobilization/ peripheral joints and spine manipulation/ Myofascial therapy
  • Schroth Therapy- Conservative treatment for Scoliosis
  • Dry Needling and anatomical acupuncture
  • Orthopaedics/ Sports Injuries
  • Women’s health- Pre and post-natal care, Diastasis of Rectus Abdominus ( DRA), Pelvic girdle Pain (PGP)
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction in women, Urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, Vaginal/rectal/pelvic pain
  • Exercise therapy
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Post-concussion rehabilitation/ Return to Sport

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