This is part of a series of blog posts by Dr. Jamie Grimes discussing how Synergy’s practitioners diagnose injuries and choose the best treatment.

One of the things I have learned after 15 years of clinical practice is that no matter how good or how nice we are as practitioners, we can only achieve results for our patients by choosing the correct treatment.

So we have worked hard to make sure Synergy Health Centre in Victoria, BC offers the widest variety of treatment options. We have created this short fact sheet that explains some of them. Our full range of rehab treatments is listed on our Services page.

Active Release Techniques (ART)

  • Releases shortened, tight, scarred muscles
  • Releases peripheral nerve entrapments
  • Breaks adhesions and scar tissues in ligaments, fascia, joint capsules and nerves
  • Releases trigger points and muscle knots
  • Releases compressed arteries and veins

Read more about Active Release Technique at Synergy here.

Shockwave Therapy

  • Regenerates the bone at its attachments (enthesopathy) with tendons, ligaments and joint capsules
  • Regenerates tendons and nerves
  • Regenerates bone injuries (shin splints, stress fractures, enthesopathy)
  • Turns off muscle knots/trigger points
  • Blocks pain pathways in neuromas, ganglions and arthritis
  • Releases Dupytrens contractures
  • Releases scar tissue adhesions
  • Increases blood vessel growth in tendons, bone, ligament and joint capsules
  • Assists in scar tissue breakdown

Read more about Shockwave Therapy at Synergy here.

Spinal Mobilizations, Manipulations & Manual Therapy

  • Breaks scar tissue adhesions in joint capsules, fascia and ligaments
  • Removes pressure from compressed nerves and cartilage
  • Restores normal joint biomechanics
  • Restores lost joint motion
  • Temporarily releases reactive muscle spasms and muscle guarding


  • Excellent for healing tendons and muscles (acute and chronic injuries)
  • Stimulates desired type 1 collagen during acute injury repair
  • Assists in the removal of undesired scar tissues
  • Increases circulation to speed healing


  • Stimulates healthy collagen production
  • Reduces swelling, inflammation and pain
  • Excellent for ligament sprains
  • Mildly assists in bone repairs

 Spinal Decompression or Traction

  • Reduces pressure on spinal nerves from disc bulges or herniation
  • Reduces size of disc bulges or herniation
  • Reduces compression on painful degenerative joints, inflamed joints and cartilage
  • Stretches and elongates shortened and scarred joint capsules and ligaments

Traumeel Injections

  • Natural anti-inflammatory stimulates healing in chronically injured ligaments, joint capsules, cartilage, muscles, fascia and tendons
  • Reaches hard to get to tissues like inside joints
  • Triggers healing responses in low circulation, slow healing tissues

 Graston Technique

  • Breaks and removes large restrictive scar tissues from muscle tears
  • Excellent for thinning and smoothing out painful, thickened tendons (i.e., Achilles, rotator cuff tendons)
  • Restores normal flexibility to shortened ligaments, tendons, fascia and joint capsules
  • Releases fascia restrictions and adhesions


  • Increases circulation
  • Restores blocked “Chi” energy (Chinese Medicine) to diseased or damaged tissues
  • Reduces and often blocks nerve pain signals
  • Reduces muscle spasm
  • Stimulates organ functions
  • Stimulates endorphin release (natural pain killers)

 Interferential Current

  • Improves circulation
  • Releases endorphins for pain killing
  • Reduces muscles spasms
  • Stimulates muscle recruitment in weakened or inhibited muscles
  • Assists in rebuilding muscle strength

 Neural Mobilizations

  • Lengthens shortened and stiffened nerves
  • Mobilizes restricted nerves pinched by tight muscles
  • Releases adhesions and scar tissues attached to nerves
  • Moves compressed nerves away from disc bulges and bone spurs

Prescription Orthotics

  • Restores foot, knee, hip and pelvic alignment
  • Reduces fatigue on foot, calf, knee, hip and lower back muscles
  • Creates joint movement efficiency
  • Releases pressure on neuromas, spurs and pain points
  • Reduces cartilage wear and tear, preventing arthritis

For more details about how these and other treatments work or to inquire if they can help your own pain or injury please leave a comment below, or book a pain and injury evaluation at 250-272-3737 Ext 2.

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