Providing physio rehabRehabilitating people with these conditions
Our service focus, and niche, is in providing rehabilitation for chronic, recurrent conditions. Most treatment models are geared for quick fixes or targets symptom relief, which tend to make patients dependent where conditions recur or symptom relief is short-lived. By contrast, our approach is designed to produce lasting change and improve movement efficiency.
The physiotherapy system we’ve developed is supported by robust neuro-muscular research. It integrates the principles of the Pilates system used by so many actors, dancers and athletes for both training and rehabilitation. Our approach gently uses Joseph Pilates’s system in a manner consistent with the practice of physiotherapy to address the deeper roots of injuries and conditions for long-term results.
Trained in Sydney, Australia, Susan Ting began her physiotherapy practice in Asia. There she gained clinical experience, ranging from acute neuro-rehabilitation, treatment of musculoskeletal conditions to sports physiotherapy, at both national and international professional sports events. She developed a deep appreciation for the human muscular-skeletal (MSK) system and movement control.
In 1998, Susan met Canadian physiotherapist Rochenda Howard and Julia Ellis, a world-class ballet instructor, when she took her first Biokinetik Exercise Technique (B.E.T.) course in Hong Kong. The duo had pioneered the development of B.E.T., a Pilates-baased physiotherapy treatment system. Rochenda’s integration of neurology into orthopedic physiotherapy to address chronic MSK conditions and dysfunctions fascinated Susan. Today, neuroscience research continues to affirm Rochenda’s academic and clinical insights into neuromotor control as evidence-based practice, then decades ahead of her peers . In 2005 Susan began formal training and mentorship under Rochenda. After certification, Susan opened her B.E.T. practice in Vancouver. With Rochenda, now based in Toronto, she provides B.E.T.’s unique rehabilitation approach in her practice, and teaches B.E.T. physiotherapy as advanced clinical practice.
Over the last seventeen years, Susan integrated the B.E.T. approach into her work with osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis population at Vancouver Coastal Health. She is instrumental in introducing B.E.T. rehabilitation concepts into exercise guidelines for hip and knee replacement rehabilitation, Spondylitis Program and more, through the Mary Pack Arthritis Program. Susan is part of the education faculty at MPAP. Through their Advanced Continuing Education program, she had taught “Managing Arthritis”, “Advanced Total Joint Arthroplasty Rehabilitation” for hip and knee joint replacement surgery – a course collaboratively developed with her colleagues in 2017. The goal is always to help patients learn their brain-body connection; integrating into postural control and movement efficiency in daily living.
Susan was the first to identify the underlying causes of my debilitating back pain. She developed core muscles to support my back and alignment. I went from chronic, debilitating pain to be able to move and walk with little to no discomfort. I have often recommended Susan to others.
Susan is the only physiotherapist who has been able to identify and teach me how to change painful movement patterns that have plagued me for many years. She has a unique skillset and treatment approach that produce amazing results.
Since working with Susan, my day-to-day quality of life has immensely improved. Susan is extremely knowledgeable; she is able to identify the underlying problem, and then individualize and adapt appropriate exercises.
Not in British Columbia, unless your insurance company or employer requires it.
Common conditions we treat are listed. If you have a different condition but your goal is to improve functional movement, balance, exercise safely, improve mobility, then it would also be appropriate to explore whether B.E.T. is suitable for you.
The initial consult and assessment is more involved, takes longer and costs more than a regular session. It takes approximately 75 minutes. Treatment sessions are one hour or 45 minute 1:1 treament.
Our pricing is standard industry pricing. Our session fees are in line with the College of Physiotherapy British Columbia guidelines for clinician fees. Contact us at email@example.com for full details.
In order to give you the best clinical attention possible while keeping treatment costs down, we have chosen to cut down on administration costs. This means that clients must submit their receipts to insurance companies or Medicare for reimbursement themselves.
Wear or bring comfortable exercise gear such as shorts, tights, t-shirt or tank tops [underneath]. No jeans or tight pants. For assessment purposes, women should be aware that shoulder straps are better than center straps across mid-back.
From our clinical experience, clients typically begin to see their symptoms lessen somewhere between the 4th and 6th session, provided there are no large gaps between appointments. Weekly visit are advised for at least the first 6 sessions if it can be arranged.
Most who come to see us have multiple problem areas. Depending on how complex and how chronic their conditions are, many clients need between 12 and 20 sessions. If hypermobility is an underlying condition, the course of treatments can be much longer. But, regardless of how long it takes, the improvements will be there to stay.
Both Rochenda Howard and Susan Ting offer courses on the B.E.T. physiotherapy rehab system for physiotherapists. The model is a systematic and progressive therapeutic exercise intervention for rehabilitation developed by Rochenda and professional ballet instructor Julia Ellis, based on the Pilates Method.
B.E.T. courses are designed to address imbalances in neuromuscular control inherent in chronic or recurring conditions. The primary objectives are to learn, as clinicians, how to identify the dysfunctions (Level 1b), and effectively facilitate NMS activity to restore a balanced posture, trunk stability and pain-free movement (Level 1a, Levels 2, 3 and 4). These courses combine both theory and practical lab work. Level 1 is basic mat work. Level 2, 3 and 4 introduces the Pilates apparatus (equipment).
A new development: Susan and Rochenda are in the process of developing higher level courses with only mat work for clinicians who work without the Pilates apparatus.
Your body is the harp of your soul. And it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or, confused sounds.
Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)
If you’re ready to book a physio session or consultation, or if you have questions, let’s talk. We welcome athletes, seniors and everyone in between seeking long-term recovery for chronic physio issues.
Biokinetik Physio-Pilates Studio
Vancouver, British Columbia
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