Functional Dry Needling

At Moveo, we pride ourselves in providing an incredibly diverse set of treatments to help you recover. Each person’s injury is unique and requires a unique approach. One unique treatment we offer is Functional Dry Needling. We have physiotherapist, Jason Shane below explaining what it is and how it can help you.

Wondering if Functional Dry Needling is right for you? Have more questions or want to book an appointment? Give us a call at 604-984-8731.

Ticket To Your Future

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We believe healthy kids make healthy adults. It’s why we love initiatives like ACTIVE IN SCHOOL where many organizations have come together to help kids learn to appreciate a healthy lifestyle through education and physical activity while in school. It’s also why when Dr Kim Graham was given the opportunity to discuss her own career choice as a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, she jumped at the chance. It was an opportunity for her to share her love of helping people heal.

Dr Graham was invited by North Vancouver School District to speak about what it means to be an acupuncturist and a doctor of TCM. She spoke about how she uses acupuncture, herbal therapy, massage and other hands-on methods in conjunction with western medicine to treat disease and injury. She shared how she also teaches classes to others on how to do these things and gives educational talks to schools and various groups, as well as writes articles for many publications. She discussed her career path and what kind of education she received to get to where she is today and what she sees as the future of traditional Chinese medicine careers.


Her favourite part was talking about how much she loves her job. She sees it as a fast-growing and dynamic field with lots of opportunities for more people to join in the world of TCM practice. Dr Graham found the experience to be very rewarding as she saw eyes light up before her at the possibility of helping others through such a worthy and healthy career.

We at Moveo love to talk with classes and groups about the ways we can help you and how you can help yourself. Dr Kim Graham is just one of us who available to share her story and love of traditional Chinese medicine with your group. Email us to learn more!



This Is Us

No matter who you are or what you do, chances are there is something causing an ache or pain in your body. Perhaps you need to adjust how you sit at your desk or maybe you just need to do a little more stretching after your work out. We can all make little changes that can make a world of difference in how we feel.

This Is Us. This video will give you some helpful tips on small things you can do to help your overall well-being. Watch it and then give us a call to find out how we can help you feel even better.

Injury Prevention Talks

We LOVE to educate our active North Vancouver clients on how to prevent injuries before they start and how to deal with injuries once they sneak up to you. Who have we been talking to? A whole bunch of groups!

  • Windsor Soccer Academy
  • NVFC Campobasso Soccer Team
  • Mulgrave Basketball
  • Youth Climbing at The Edge
  • Mountain Madness Trail Running Clinics
  • Maple Creek Middle School
  • North Shore Athletics

We’re eager to add your group to our list, so send us an email to ask how we can provide valuable injury prevention education to YOUR club or team!


Physiotherapy at Moveo

Now that you’ve come in and experienced your first day of treatment at Moveo, you might have been given physiotherapy as part of your treatment plan. Recently, we shared a testimonial that perfectly exemplified our process of working with each client to find the right course of action.

Watch this video with our physiotherapist, Larissa Vishniakoff as she gives her perspective on how we work with you and learn more about what you can expect from us.


We pride ourselves at Moveo on working with our patients to figure out the best treatment plan possible for their needs. Not everyone needs the same kind of treatment or care. What works for one person or injury, might not work for the next. We listen to what you have to tell us and we will make sure what we’re doing is helpful and keep you motivated along the way.

The following testimonial illustrates this process. This patient came in with a severe injury and received many different treatments. Working closely with physiotherapist, Larissa Vishniakoff, this patient felt both supported by Moveo and simultaneously in control of his own recovery. It’s a great success story!

“On March 11, 2012 I suffered a serious accident while working on the railway when I was run over by the rail cars we were switching out and my foot was seriously crushed, my ankle was compound fractured and my rib was broken. After the first surgery I was told that the foot would likely not be very viable and I would eventually need a prosthetic foot. However, they did eventually save the foot with further reconstructive surgery, but the chances of returning to work to my original conductors job would be next to impossible given the amount of damage suffered and the demands of climbing up and down ladders and walking on gravel and uneven ground. After much wound care to save the foot from infection (thank God for the nurses and silver dressing), I was able to begin physio. After starting off with Herman at Moveo, Larissa came on.

I received physio treatments every Tuesday and Thursday from September through June, 10 months. This involved exercises, acupuncture, stretching and massage. I could not have asked for better care. Larissa was able to implement the precise strategy to restore muscles in my foot that eventually helped me to recover sufficiently to return to my original job which Work Safe was arguing that I’d never be able to given the severity of the injury. Larissa was in my court the whole time, stressing and advocating that I was continually making progress and not to dismiss my return so quickly.

While the physio care, massage, and acupuncture was all amazingly thorough, what I really noticed the biggest difference with Moveo was that while Larissa would push me at times, she listened to me when it was too much and eased off, where that was not always the case with other injuries I’d received treatment for in the past, and would be set back because of.

Larissa and Moveo played a huge part in my recovery, and I’m now back to work as a road conductor, taking on even bigger challenges and even more gainfully employed than I could have ever hoped or for awhile thought was possible.

Thanks to Larissa for never giving up or compromising, I continued to make progress.

I hope for everyone who is injured that they will find the same help I did from Moveo.


Treatment Day at Moveo

Welcome to the New Year! Is your New Year’s Resolution to stay healthy? Are you looking to rehabilitate an injury or do you just want to keep those joints and muscles in tip top shape? Moveo is here to help you.

Our world class team will meet with you and discuss your goals. We’ll find you the right practitioner, or practitioners, and together we’ll create a treatment plan that will get you to where you want to be in 2014.

Here is what you can expect on your first day of treatment at Moveo.

What is Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)/Functional Dry Needling?


Physiotherapist Jason Shane Demonstrating IMS

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or Functional Dry Needling is a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a ‘trigger point’.  There is no injectable solution and typically the needle which is used is very thin.  Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary from patient to patient.

Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp — which is often referred to as a ‘twitch response’. The twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms, and response of the tissue.


Finding a Trigger Point

The patient may only feel the cramping sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment. A reproduction of their pain can be a helpful diagnostic indicator of the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle. Typically positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, overall health of the patient, and experience level of the practitioner.

Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. This technique is excellent in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.

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Strength and Foam Roll to a Stellar Winter Sports Season

Ski and Snowboard Injury prevention: By Kim Marshall, Registered Kinesiologist

We are quickly coming into ski and snowboard season as the temperature drops and the North Shore mountains are making tons of snow. The Moveo team would like to give you some tips on how to prevent some of the common injuries often seen with these sports and tell you about a course we’re offering in January on foam rolling.

Lower extremity injuries, or injuries to the lower body, are much more common with skiing and snowboarding. Knee injuries, the most common injuries in these winter sports can be prevented with proper strengthening and stretching of the muscles that support the knee. Some of the common muscle groups to include, but are not limited to, Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Adductors (groin) and Gluteus (buttocks).

Here are a few exercises and stretches that would help to strengthen the structures to prevent any injuries.

Single Leg Squats are a very good exercise as they not only strengthen these muscles, but increase balance as well. To do these, stand on 1 leg and perform a partial squat. It is very important to keep the knee aligned over the 2nd toe, keep the spine neutral, the hips level and bum back as in the photo below.

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Lateral Squats are another great strengthening exercise and if done properly, they help provide a stretch to your adductors (groin) too. See photo below for a demonstration: take a step to the side, keeping trailer leg straight and go down into a squat. Keep majority of the weight on your heel, neutral spine and push your bum back.

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Quad Mobility exercises as pictured requires you to kneel on a BOSU or mat with your foot up the wall.  If you contract the glutes and tuck your bum you will feel a great stretch in the front of the hip and the front of the thigh. Hold for 3 seconds and do the exercise 10 times.

Quad Mobility


Hamstring Mobility exercises are also very important when doing winter sports. These stretches are beneficial to keep flexibility in the muscles groups around the knee. To do these, keep feet hip-width apart, maintain neutral spine, bend forward and put your “sit bones” on the wall behind you. Slide your ‘sit bones’ up the wall until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings. Hold for 3 second and do 10 reps.

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Foam Rolling the tender muscles is a great way to help break up some of that scar tissue and bring some healing properties to the area when you’re feeling sore after a long day on the hill. Moveo is putting on two Foam Rolling classes in January.


Cost: $25


Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Class length: 90 minutes

Instructor: Registered Kinesiologist Kim Marshall

Detailed handout included with instruction

Class limited to 8 participants

Call Moveo to Register: 604-984-8731


Stocking Stuffer Idea: RIPCORDS

Need a stocking stuffer idea? Or want a way to stay in shape throughout the holiday season? Moveo has RIPCORDS! Ripcord Resistance Exercise Bands are perfect for those who want to get in a good strength workout at home or while traveling. Dr Jenn Turner uses them with Cycling Canada when they don’t have access to a weight room. We use them at Moveo all the time. You might have even used them with us. Now you can buy them and take them home for yourself or as a gift for someone else. They come in varying resistance levels and are only $15 each.

Our Physiotherapist, Jason Shane shows us how to use Ripcords in the video below. Come into Moveo and get yours for this holiday giving season!