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Ms. Nicole Fournier

BHKin, MSc (PT), CAFCI Physiotherapist Vancouver, BC

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Nicloe completed her Masters of Physiotherapy in 2007 at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. Prior to that, she completed a Bachelor of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia. She is certified in both anatomical acupuncture (through the Acupuncture Federation of Canada Institute), as well as Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RTUS) and has trained as a STOTT Pilates instructor. Incorporating all of these skills into her sessions with patients allows for a holistic approach in her treatment plans.

Nicole also completed training with the ‘Discover Physio Series’ in 2012 and has since been passionate about using both the “Integrated Systems Model” (by Lee and Lee) as well as the “Thoracic Ring Approach” (by Linda-Joy Lee) in her treatment sessions. This allows for an assessment and treatment of the whole person, including specific techniques on the thorax and pelvis. The emphasis is on finding what is truly ‘driving’ the patients injury and/or non-optimal movement so that whole body function can be restored.Originally from Vancouver, Nicole has over 17 years of experience competing and coaching in synchronized swimming at a high performance level. She is a level III NCCP coach and remains active in the sport. While in Australia, Nicole coached and trained tri-athletes and footballers. In addition, she completed her master’s thesis on core stability training to prevent injury in Australian Rules Football athletes.Other personal interests of Nicole’s include surfing, competing in Open Water swims, life guarding and other adventure races. Her participation in many different sports has given Nicole an in depth understanding of multiple types of injuries and the importance that patients place on being able to return to the activities that they are passionate about.

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Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging is a relatively new and advanced method that physiotherapists are using to image the whole abdominal system.

With the real time ultrasound the physiotherapist is able to pick out precisely where the dysfunction is in the muscle by viewing it on the screen in real time. The patient is really able to see how they are feeling when they’re activating the muscles appropriate and when they’re activating the muscles incorrectly, and this gives them really good feedback to work into their home exercise program that their physiotherapist develops for them.

The initial assessment should be done quite soon after the injury or after the patient presents to the physiotherapist. The reason for this is so that the physiotherapist is able to develop a really good plan for where the dysfunction is in the deep system.

The patient can then come and work on rehabilitating once the physiotherapist has decided that their pain levels have decreased and they’re ready for a rehabilitation program. There are a number of medical conditions that this rehabilitative ultrasound can help with in training the deep abdominal system:

Medical conditions including men’s health such as prostate cancer, or prostate surgery, prostatitis or bladder control issues; women’s health issues so postpartum issues with incontinence, pelvic floor pain or pelvic pain as well as bladder control. It can also be very important with lumbopelvic issues, so lumbopelvic pain as well as any kind of disc injury or low back injury.

If people feel that rehabilitative ultrasound imaging may help them with their rehabilitation and in decreasing their pain levels and increasing their function, then they can discuss this with their physiotherapist and the physiotherapist will point them into where they can get this rehabilitative issue.

You might visit a physiotherapist for information on what is, conditions, side effects, symptoms and treatments related to rehabilitative ultrasound imaging, intramuscular stimulation, and rehabilitation exercises following surgery or injury.

Presenter: Ms. Nicole Fournier, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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