Vestibular Rehabilitation

Offers patients a form of treatment for inner ear disorders that involves symptom specific individualized exercises designed to decrease dizziness and improve balance function.  We also evaluate for balance disorders involving muscle weakness, proprioceptive changes and limited flexibility.


In the department of Physical Therapy, our therapists help educate, facilitate, and assist children and their families on condition, pathology, and plan of care. Therapeutic focus will be on attaining the child’s maximum potential toward independent function at home, school, and in the community. Physical Therapists use their expertise in movement through examination, evaluation, diagnostics, and interventions to treat infants to adolescents with various developmental and musculoskeletal conditions. Physical Therapists use an assortment of interventions including range of motion, strength, endurance, postural, and balance activities to promote motor development to achieve age appropriate gross motor skills. Commonly treated conditions in pediatrics are:

  • Torticollis
  • Toe Walking
  • High and Low Tone
  • Coordination Dysfunctions
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Paralysis of the extremities

Woman Health

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation at Christie Clinic includes treatment for women and men with urinary or fecal incontinence, urgency/frequency of urination, and/or pain in the pelvic region. This includes: pain in the abdominals, buttocks, pelvic floor, tailbone, vagina, and rectum. The pelvic floor muscles may become weak, tight or spastic as a result of disuse, surgery or trauma. The therapist with training in pelvic floor rehabilitation evaluates each individual and develops a plan of care accordingly.

Who is Pelvic Pain & Incontinence Rehabilitation for?

Many people, regardless of gender, experience pain or incontinence of urine or stool during their lifetime.

Some women develop pelvic pain:

  • increased tension in pelvic floor muscles causing pain
  • pelvic floor pain with intimacy, tampon use or annual Ob/Gyn check-ups
  • Dyspareunia
  • Coccydynia
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginismus
  • Pubic symphysis pain
  • Post Surgical pain

Incontinence can come in the forms of:

  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence
  • Mixed incontinence

Many men have problems with:

  • chronic pelvic pain
  • incontinence of urine after prostatectomy

What does Pelvic Pain & Incontinence Rehabilitation involve?

Evaluation and Non-Surgical Treatment:

  • flexibility and strength assessment
  • behavioral modification and bladder retraining
  • manual therapy, including soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization and muscle energy techniques
  • pelvic floor muscle surface EMG (or biofeedback)
  • pelvic area internal and external muscle assessment and treatment
  • therapeutic and postural exercises
  • relaxation techniques and diaphragmatic breathing
  • development of an individualized home exercise program

Amputee Clinic

In the physical therapy department, skilled and highly trained therapists work with individuals following limb amputation. They provide outpatient care to increase an individual’s strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance, and to decrease pain. Other functional treatment may include proper positioning and prevention of contractures and learning the skills necessary to achieve maximum independence with and without a prosthesis.

The physical therapists work closely with an independent, local prosthetics and orthotics company and Christie Clinic’s Vein and Vascular department to provide comprehensive, well transitioned care. A pre-prosthetic functional measure is performed by the physical therapist following surgery to best predict the patient’s functional outcome potential. This is followed by placement of an appropriate limb by the prosthetics company and then the patient returns to physical therapy for prosthetic training and continued treatment. The goals of physical therapy are to build the patient’s strength, skills, and confidence and to return them to the highest level of physical functional ability.