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Physiotherapy Burnaby Heights

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What We Do

Our Services

At Burnaby Heights Physiotherapy, our knowledgeable and experienced therapists will provide an in-depth individualized assessment of your condition. First, they will conduct a detailed history-taking followed by performing physical assessment techniques to get a better understanding of your injury and a proper diagnosis. We work with you to explore your current functional abilities, and individualized treatment plans to work towards your goals. Explore our range of services!
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Our Physiotherapists help you to restore, maintain and improve your physical ability, function, and wellness. We do this by providing a wide range of treatments, education, and advice.

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Certified Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity. It is specialized treatment for the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder girdle.

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IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) or “dry needling” is a specific needling technique. It is used to release or lengthen muscles that may be causing chronic or neuropathic pain.

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With acupuncture, needles are inserted into specific points on the body. This is done to affect the cardiovascular and nervous systems. The insertions are selected based on traditional acupuncture points of Chinese Medicine.

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Vestibular Rehabilitation

The vestibular system provides your body with a sense of balance and spatial orientation. Problems with balance and dizziness can be treated with Vestibular Rehabilitation.

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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy carries energy to painful areas of the body. The energy promotes regeneration and repair processes of bones, tendons and other soft tissues.

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Kinesiology is the study of the human body and its movement. Kinesiologists help to improve mobility, strength, and function.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Physiotherapy

If you are wondering how physiotherapy can help you, then you are not alone. Physiotherapy takes a holistic approach responsible for the rehab, treatment, and prevention of acute and chronic conditions.
When Should I Consult A Physiotherapist?
Seeing a physiotherapist is an excellent way to deal with pain, swelling, or injury that is not improving after a period of time. The problem with waiting a long time before seeking treatment is you risk taking a long time to recover. Working with a physiotherapist ensures effective pain management and enhances your range of motion after injury. Here are a few instances that could benefit from a physiotherapy session or two.

  • If you are still in pain 48 hours after an injury
  • To relieve discomfort in pregnant women experiencing lower back pain
  • To manage chronic pain
  • Before and after surgery
  • To treat pelvic floor disorders
  • After an accidental injury
  • To treat a sports injury
  • If you want to achieve complete rehabilitation and full recovery of the body
Does Physiotherapy Treatment Work?
Physiotherapy has been recommended for countless individuals to treat injuries, pains, aches, or mobility-related issues. Statistics and research prove that the use of physiotherapy is seen to alleviate pain and treat musculoskeletal problems.

Testimonials from patients also support that theory, with most individuals stating that the treatment was effective in treating whatever issue they were experiencing. You can trust our skilled and experienced physical therapy professionals to develop an individualized treatment suited to your body and needs. The main aim of physiotherapy is to restore your well-being so you can enjoy an active, holistic and pain-free life.
What To Expect On The Initial Visit?
Your first session at Physiotherapy Burnaby heights will consist of an assessment done by your physiotherapist. They will inquire about your health history, pain, injury, lifestyle choices, and ultimately what goals you want to accomplish through this treatment.

You might also be requested to conduct several physical tests that will help pinpoint your pain areas and determine your strength, reflexes, palpation, and range of motion in terms of flexibility and mobility. These tests are designed to aid your physio in diagnosing your injury or pain and ultimately developing the best treatment plan for you.

What Kind Of Treatments Are Used In Physiotherapy?
Once your physiotherapist concludes on your diagnosis, they will design an individualized treatment plan for you that might include the following treatments:

  • Acupuncture or functional dry needling
  • Stretching
  • Specific physical exercises
  • Post-op physiotherapy
  • Home exercise programs
  • Hands-on Manual therapy treatment
  • Use of heat or cold packs
  • Education
How Can You Benefit From Physiotherapy?
You can benefit from physiotherapy in the following ways:

  • Chronic pain management with a reduced need for opioids (e.g. neck pain, myofascial pain, hip pain, Knee Pain, Body aches, muscle strains, arthritis)
  • Increase range of mobility and movement
  • Manage age-related issues
  • Improved balance
  • Eliminating the need for surgery
  • Recovery from trauma or injury
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Body movement pattern problems
  • Future injury prevention

Book Your Appointment Today with An Experienced Health Care Team

Our healthcare professionals are trained in practical and up-to-date assessment techniques, physiotherapy treatment approach, and individualized care to ensure you achieve optimal recovery. We are dedicated to optimal health and wellness for you, and we can help you get moving again.

Contact our Burnaby physiotherapy clinic through (604) 243-5636 or to inquire further or book your appointment.

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    Darby Honeyman graduated from Rehabilitation Medicine Physiotherapy at the University of Manitoba in 1977. She achieved the internationally recognized designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists (FCAMT) in 1988. Darby has spent many years teaching postgraduate courses in orthopaedic manual therapy for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has extensive experience and a true passion for all aspects of orthopaedics and sports medicine, from whiplash-associated disorders to the rehabilitation of elite athletes. Her recreational interests include tandem cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, music, travel, friends and family.

    “After 44 years, it is still such a joy to treat my patients! Compassion and laughter are essential parts of my treatment as I strive to unravel the puzzles of the body.”



    Acupuncture: CAFCI

    Luong received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. He then completed a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University. After completing his formal academic university education, he continued with post-graduate courses with a focus on manual therapy, exercise therapy, intramuscular stimulation (IMS), acupuncture, and concussion. He enjoys treating a full range of musculoskeletal dysfunctions with a particular interest in complex shoulder and knee injuries.  Aside from his clinical work, he has been an instructor at Vancouver Community College (10 years) in the Department of Allied Health and has worked as a teaching assistant (10 years) for numerous courses in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. When he is not working, he enjoys staying active and spending time with his family and friends.

    “I am passionate about helping people succeed and getting them back to what they love doing.  The profession of physiotherapy has allowed me to express what I naturally believe in.  My mantra for many years has always been, improve lives.”



    BA, BSc, MPT, MCPA,
      Acupuncture: CAFCI
      IMS Functional Dry Needling

    Thea completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UVic in 2001, then a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Athletic Therapy from the University of Winnipeg in 2007. She went on to complete her Masters of Physical Therapy from UBC in 2011. An avid learner, Thea has continued to pursue courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, IMS, and exercise physiology. She has a keen interest in treating soccer injuries, running injuries and footwear, and chronic shoulder injuries. When not at work, Thea enjoys playing soccer, running, cycling, and spending time outdoors with her family.

    “I am passionate about helping people get back to doing the activities they truly enjoy. I love to share the excitement when patients achieve their goals!”




    Alexander has a Bachelor of Science from Thompson Rivers University, and a Master’s of Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia. Post graduate qualifications include a Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, and GUNN IMS Dry Needling. Alex draws on his education, an extensive sports background, and work with sports teams to treat a variety of conditions not limited to sports injuries. When not working, he spends time with his family skiing, cycling, playing tennis or simply staying in shape to be able to do these things.

    “I am passionate about guiding patients through the process to restore mobility and activity.”



    BScPT, MCPA, FCAMT, Vestibular Rehabilitation

    Born and raised in the lower mainland, David began his post secondary education at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and completed his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at UBC in 1998.

    David is an expert in manual therapy and its application to sports and orthopaedic injuries, having studied under some of the top practitioners in these fields and additionally having achieved the internationally recognized designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. Since 2004, he has taught postgraduate courses in orthopaedic manual therapy for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. David also specializes in vestibular (dizziness and balance) disorders and concussions.

    David strives to provide the best care for each and every patient that he sees. As a dedicated, lifelong athlete who has played and coached a multitude of sports, David has a particular passion for sports physiotherapy. He has guided a range of athletes, from amateur to professional, back to competitive excellence. David is particularly skilled at finding strategies to optimize his patient’s unique abilities to help themselves physically and mentally achieve their goals. Whether treating a sports injury, concussion, vestibular condition, or work-related injury, Dave brings his thoughtful, patient-centered approach to each new case with kindness and care. In his downtime, you can find David happily curled up on the couch reading a favorite book to one of his four young children.



    Certified Hand Therapist

    BScOT, OT(C) CHT

    Joanne graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1982. In 1991, she was one of the first therapists in Vancouver to receive her Hand Therapy Certification. Her clinical work focuses on elbow, forearm and hand injuries, ranging from post-operative rehabilitation to treating repetitive stress injuries. Her professional passions include fabricating custom splints and treating the stiff hand while constantly learning new techniques to add to her therapy ‘toolbox’. Recreationally, she enjoys hiking, riding her tandem bicycle with her husband, listening to opera, doing international home exchanges and spending time with her family and close friends.



    Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

    BHSc., MScOT, Reg. OT (BC), CHT

    Nina studied at the University of Western Ontario where she graduated with an Honors Bachelor in Health Sciences and a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy.

    Upon graduating, Nina worked in both private and public settings, where she treated a wide range of upper extremity conditions spanning from mild sprains and repetitive strain to complex post-operative injuries. She completed her Hand Therapy Certification in 2018.

    Currently, Nina also sees patients in the hand therapy departments at Vancouver General Hospital and Richmond Hospital.

    As a member of the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists, Nina is passionate about evidence-based practice and frequently attends conferences to ensure her patients are treated with current literature in mind. She has a special interest in helping patients recover from workplace injuries and facilitating a successful return to work and to meaningful occupations.

    In her spare time, Nina can be found skiing, hiking, cooking, reading, or doing yoga.