The SHAPE Approach ...

ITT is a revolutionary, personalized approach to your overall health, fitness, and performance. At the foundation of ITT, is the seamless integration of Physical Therapy fused with High Performance Personal Training techniques. Our team of health-care professionals provide ITT using the following modalities:

PHASE I - (ITT) Treatment Approach

Primary Goals:
  • Restore optimal muscle balance and length
  • Decrease pain
  • Stretch tight and short muscles
  • Enhance and optimize performance
ITT addresses movement, muscle and joint function, and stability of the body from head to toe. Dysfunctional movement patterns and subtle instability can develop without warning, and may lead to pain, decreased mobility, or weakness, thus inhibiting proper muscle function and delaying the benefits of exercise. By identifying and rehabilitating faulty muscle and joint function, ITT will keep you functioning in your top physical form.

ITT is based on the principles of activating and stabilizing your muscles through a two-step treatment approach that is administered in an integrated manner. ITT physicians and therapists treat you and your body like a professional athlete. ITT eliminates muscle and joint pain, speeds recovery of sports injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation, and enhances the results of training programs. ITT takes Physical Therapy and High Performance Personal Training to a new level using the latest research to ensure that you achieve your goals with lasting results.

Individualized Treatment Plans Developed

Exercise is one of the most crucial aspects of recovering from injury, or improving health and wellness, therefore, we make it a key component of SHAPE's ITT program. Our approach is to ensure proper muscle activation and stability of the total body, especially the "core". SHAPE's ITT ensures that you have proper muscle balance (posture, alignment and flexibility) and a stable platform (core) from which you can graduate to more advanced training techniques. Ensuring proper function of the core musculature can help prevent future low back and neck pain and enhance the benefits of exercise. With the information gathered during the initial assessment, a determination can be made of the areas that need improvement.

Once ITT has achieved its purpose, the next step is to transition you to HIGH PERFORMANCE PERSONAL TRAINING (HPPT) and/or PERSONAL PILATES and/or a YOGA program with a SHAPE Conditioning Specialist to keep you injury-free, and continue stabilizing your core and improving your overall health and fitness.

Depending on how long you have had an injury or dysfunction, the number of treatments will vary. For optimal results treatments should be administered 2-3 times a week for the first 2 to 4 weeks for 30 to 60 minutes. Specific stabilization exercises are integrated early in the program and may progress for approximately 4 to 6 weeks before general strengthening and conditioning can begin. At SHAPE, we recommend periodic ITT assessments for all of our valued clients to ensure that proper function is maintained and the benefits of our program continue to be maximized. This may entail one treatment with an ITT therapist every 4 to 12 weeks.

PHASE 1 – ITT Physical Therapy Techniques

  • Active Release Techniques (ART®)
  • Acupuncture (Medical Electro-Acupuncture)
  • Chiropractic
  • Custom Orthotics and Braces
  • Egoscue Exercise Therapy
  • Functional Rehabilitation
  • Gait Analysis
  • Gua Sha - Traditional Chinese Manual Technique
  • Injury Prevention
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Intracell Therapy - The Stick
  • Manual Medicine
  • Mobilization
  • Muscle Activation
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Nutritional Counselling & Supplementation
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Postural Exercise
  • Post Isometric Relaxation Technique
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Sports Therapy
  • Thai Bodywork

ITT is Used to Effectively Treat & Prevent These Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Hip, Knee & Foot Pain
  • Low Back Pain & Sciatica
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Sports & Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tennis & Golfer's Elbow
  • Work Related Injuries

PHASE 2 - Performance Training & Preventive Care

Once the initial goals have been achieved, our next step is to transition you to PERFORMANCE TRAINING to keep you injury-free and improve your fitness and health. PHASE II treatments are administered on a prescribed basis as PREVENTIVE CARE to improve your health and well-being and allow you to achieve optimal performance by enhancing the results of your program.

If you've come to SHAPE for general fitness and health purposes and have no injuries or conditions that required treatment, you will begin at this phase. Regardless of your initial condition, all exercise and treatment programs at SHAPE are designed specifically to meet your needs, and are supervised by one of SHAPE's Clinic Directors - Integrated Therapist and Trainer (ITT).

High-Performance Personal Training (HPPT) Primary Goals:

  • Improve core stability
  • Increase muscle balance and flexibility
  • Improve cardiovascular and muscle endurance
  • Increase lean muscle mass
  • Improve functional performance - specific skill training (e.g. sports)
The primary component of PHASE II is our unique approach to exercise training called High Performance Personal Training (HPPT). The initial goal of this training approach is to ensure proper stability from head to toe, but particularly in the "core". As described in the goals above, we want to ensure that you have a stable platform (or "core") from which you can graduate to more advanced training techniques. Further, ensuring proper function of the core musculature can help prevent future low back and neck pain, as well as improve results of exercise in general. From the information gathered during the initial assessment, we can determine areas where you need improvement.

At SHAPE, all of our highly skilled trainers provide high-intensity, metabolic training, and well-designed workouts which are efficient, effective and fun. Programs are individualized to meet your specific needs and are always conducted under the supervision of one of SHAPE's clinic directors.

High-Performance Personal Training (HPPT)

  • Stage 1: Muscle Endurance / Activation and Stabilization
  • Stage 2: Muscle Strength / Hypertrophy
  • Stage 3: Power Endurance / Complex Training

High-Performance Personal Training (HPPT) Techniques

  • Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
  • Agility Training
  • Athletic Training
  • Boxing (Cardio & Rehabilitation Based)
  • Circuit Training
  • Core Performance
  • Core Stability
  • Injury Prevention
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Functional Training
  • Medicine Ball Training
  • Olympic Lifts
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Performance Training
  • Plyometrics
  • Speed and Power Development
  • Sport Specific Training
  • Swiss Ball Training
  • Thai Stretching
  • Theraband Exercises

Benefits of Physiotherapy

  • Preventing and treating sports injuries
  • Restoring and increasing range of motion in joints
  • Increasing coordination
  • Counselling and educating in pre-and post-natal care
  • Designing 'user-friendly' or ergonomically-correct homes and workplaces
  • Educating clients in the use of devices such as canes, crutches and wheelchairs
  • Helping injured individuals return to work successfully through 'work hardening' programs
  • Alleviating pain
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SHAPE Physiotherapy

SHAPE Health & Wellness Centre Toronto
35 Coldwater Rd. (Leslie & York Mills)
Wheelchair Access & Free Parking
Call: 416.929.8444


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