Manual Therapy

What is Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy is a specific approach to physiotherapy that focuses on hands on joint mobilizations and manipulations aimed at restoring joint mobility and function.

What is a FCAMPT?

Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) are physiotherapists who have taken extensive post-graduate courses aimed at developing manual and manipulative therapy skills and who have completed national level and internationally recognized examinations in order to obtain the FCAMPT certification.

Who benefits from Manual Therapy?

Most people with joint pain or dysfunction are likely to benefit from manual or manipulative physical therapy. Manual therapy is combined with exercises to maintain the effects of treatment and to maximize joint range of motion and strength.

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dry needling

Dry needling is a treatment technique using a needle with the goal of releasing trigger points or taught muscle fibres and restoring their function. While the type of needle used is the same as that used in acupuncture, it is important to clarify that dry needling in physiotherapy is not acupuncture.

Chantal is certified by the Order to perform dry needling.

Jaw pain (TMJ)

The jaw or temporomandibular joint (otherwise known as the TMJ) is a frequent and often debilitating source of pain. TMJ and facial pain can be caused by head and neck muscle tension, poor posture, dental problems, nerve damage or irritation or the joint itself.

Physiotherapists with an expertise in TMJ pain complete a detailed assessment of the head (jaw) and neck in order to determine the origin of the patient’s pain or dysfunction. They work closely with dentists (orthodontists, surgeons, etc) in order to develop the best plan of care for the patient.

Chantal has taken several courses on the subject with, among others, the Craniofacial Therapy Academy (, Dr. Mariano Rocabado & Chantal Lafrenière.

Conditions treated include: myofascial pain, “locked jaw”, arthritis, etc.

Running injuries

With an increasing popularity in recreational running over the past several years, many people of all ages are lacing up their running shoes in the hopes of completing their first 5km, 10km, half or even full marathon.

While the benefits of being physically active are undeniable, injuries related to a change or increase in activity are not uncommon. Certified by the Running Clinic, Chantal has completed a specialized theoretical and clinical training in the prevention of running injuries. Running assessment, injury assessment and treatment as well as training tips and recommended shoes are among the topics covered.

XRay prescription

Since May 2020, physiotherapists who have followed training recognized by the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ) on XRay prescription can, once they have obtained the attestation from the Order, prescribe XRays for patients having had an acute trauma in the last 72 hours.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) norms allow physiotherapists to determine, at the time of the assessment, if the clinical condition of the patient requires an XRay.

Chantal has her certification from the Order and can, if applicable, prescribe XRays.

Other Conditions Treated

Many other conditions can be treated in physiotherapy including:

  • neck, back, arm, and leg pain
  • herniated discs
  • osteoarthritis
  • muscle strains
  • sprains
  • post-orthopaedic surgery (ACL repair, rotator cuff repair, etc)
  • headaches
  • whiplash
  • vestibular rehabilitation
  • nerve injuries
  • sports injuries
  • rotator cuff
  • plantar fasciitis
  • epicondylitis or « tennis elbow »
  • tendinitis or tendinopathy
  • etc.

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Teaching and Mentorship

Over the past several years, Chantal has been actively involved in mentoring fellow physiotherapists with a wide range of clinical experiences. Chantal has mentored new graduates as well as experienced physiotherapists who are completing their manual therapy certification.

If you are a physiotherapist and you are looking for clinical supervision, please contact Chantal here.


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