Cara Humphreys - Physiotherapist / Owner
Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists, Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy, Special Interest and Training in Women's Health
Cara has been practicing physiotherapy since 2000 when she graduated from UBC. She has been active in pursuing advanced education - she loves to learn and finds the body fascinating. Because of this drive for more knowledge, she attained the highest level of orthopedic certification available from the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2008. She is certified to use dry needling in her practice (IMS) and has taken advanced training in assessment and treatment of the pelvis, including the pelvic floor. Cara has taken several courses on real time ultrasound imaging for the deep abdominal wall and pelvis to help with exercise planning, and uses this tool in her practice. She is a graduate of the Discover Physiotherapy Series with Diane and Linda Joy Lee and has been a teaching assistant for Diane Lee on her women's health physiotherapy courses. She draws from her past experience treating clients with neurological disorders to facilitate optimal movement and control. She is also keenly interested and skilled in analyzing and treating motor control and movement planning; she uses her skills in this area to improve the patterns that have developed that are leading to pain or maladaptive form/control during tasks.
Ms. Humphreys is a member of several professional organizations: the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the International Pelvic Pain Society, the International Continence Society and she is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy.
Ms. Humphreys uses a whole body approach to assessment and treatment planning. She believes in thorough assessment to guide her treatment, and also believes in forming a partnership with her clients where their preferences, values, and needs are respected and incorporated into the treatment plan. She is warm and approachable and is happy to answer your questions. She considers education a big part of physical therapy treatment.
She sees many pregnant and postpartum clients, people with persistent pain and persistent musculoskeletal dysfunction and movement dysfunction (especially relating to the shoulders, thorax, spine and hip region), women with incontinence and/or prolapse, and clients with various pelvic pain syndromes like vestibulodynia, interstitial cystitis, pain with intercourse (dyspareunia) and constipation.
Cara's goal is to help you to identify the source of your problem, not just the area where you have symptoms, teach you about your problem and how to manage it better, treat your pain or dysfunction with manual therapies and exercise interventions as needed, and help you to resolve your symptoms and live a better life!