Exceptional treatment & physiotherapy isn't just for athletes!
Every body deserves help to reduce suffering and optimize recoveryfollowing injury. We all want to perform at our best for a lifetime!
Total Healing & Recovery
Fairmont Physiotherapy can work with you through all stages of your injury to to ensure your healing and recovery is optimized while providing you with the knowledge to make it last!
muscle & joint
Early management of pain & swelling to graduated advanced rehabilitation along with coaching & education provides for a complete package towards recovery.LEARN MORE
Effective as part of physiotherapy to relieve pain & inflammation but also for fatigue, anxiety, weight loss and more.LEARN MORE
coaching & training
Workshops for business and organizations to encourage and promote injury prevention & management, physical health and wellness.LEARN MORE
Loretto Keenan | MCPA, CPTBC, CAFCI
Registered member: College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Acupuncture Foundation of the Canadian Institute
As a practitioner I offer 35 years of physiotherapy experience in the fields of orthopaedic and sports medicine and 10 years in the use and application of acupuncture. My journey as a physiotherapist started out in Belfast, Northern Ireland where I completed my studies and worked for 5 years in a General Hospital before immigrating to Alberta in 1984. In 1981 I took up a 3 month post at a private physiotherapy clinic in Kimberley South Africa, treating work related injuries from the diamond mining industry. From 1987-2000 I owned and operated Mission Professional Centre Physiotherapy, Calgary AB, and then moved permanently to Fairmont Hot Springs where I have operated a home based clinic for the past 15 years.
Over the years I have continued with extensive studies from many experts in the field of rehabilitation medicine related to traumatic injuries from work, sports and motor vehicle accidents and also for chronic wear and tear joint disorders together with rehabilitation following joint replacement and joint repair surgeries. Physiotherapy is an integral process in the recovery at all stages following injury or joint surgery to optimise physical function and long term to minimise chronic disability.
Treatment methods are used to reduce pain and swelling, promote good circulation which is essential for tissue healing and a graduated program of specific stretching and strengthening exercises tailored to ones needs and limitations. Also certain specific mobilisation techniques are used as needed.
Recovery is rarely a simple or speedy process. It requires a lot of hard work, persistence and dedication. Much of my work involves a lot of teaching to help the patient understand their condition and coaching on all the aspects of the treatment components both at the clinic session and on the homework to be done between sessions. I like to set realistic goals towards recovery and with good team work reach those goals according to the individual needs. I believe in the patient learning as much as possible and ultimately becoming master of their physical recovery.
Studying injury also led me into the field of injury prevention at work and sport. During the 1988 Olympics in Calgary I had the privilege of looking after the New Zealand bobsleigh team. The key with injury is early treatment and management and take it seriously whether you’re a pro or a weekend warrior. As an avid golfer I got involved with studying and training in fitness for golf many years ago and have put on workshops for the locals and included tips on injury management.
I worked many years on a weekly basis at the lumber mills at Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Elko, Radium and also occasionally at Sundry Alberta providing workshops on injury prevention and tips on management. Other local companies participated in a wellness day for their employees on the same topic and interest and excitement was created and realisation of this need was found. I believe that workers should have this opportunity on a yearly basis.
In 2005 I completed certification in Acupuncture and have continued with advanced studies. I had the opportunity to study in Beijing, China at a university hospital for 1 month, observing clinical treatments using acupuncture for both inpatients and outpatients. There it is an integral treatment for most medical conditions to promote healing and recovery towards wellness following illness, surgery or injury and also used in prevention of illness. The World Health Organisation endorses the use of acupuncture for many health conditions and our Western world is participating in many scientific projects related to the use of acupuncture.
This part of my journey has been very exciting and interesting and opened up a whole new world of thought and approach in helping patients towards wellness by facilitating natural pain relief, reducing inflammation , promoting circulation and generally kick-starting our own energy system into healing mode. Our central nervous system can be shut down mentally, emotionally and physically following trauma, surgery or any illness or intense stress and as a result many people can suffer low energy and extreme fatigue that hampers and prolongs recovery. Using acupuncture in these cases has been very helpful and where possible I now combine physiotherapy with acupuncture to optimise the outcome.
What We Treat
Home visits available!
Back & Neck Pain
Repetetive Strain Injuries
Child Growth/Development/Postural Issues
Coverage: Private insurance, ICBC, BC Government
Physiotherapy is an integral process in the recovery at all stages following injury or joint surgery to optimise physical function and long term to minimise chronic disability.
Recovery is rarely a simple or speedy process. It requires a lot of hard work, persistence and dedication. Much of my work involves a lot of teaching to help the patient understand their condition while coaching on all the aspects of the treatment components, both in-clinic and at home. I like to set realistic goals towards recovery and with good team work acheive them based on the client's individual needs.
I believe in the patient learning as much as possible and ultimately becoming master of their physical recovery.
Treatment methods are used to reduce pain and swelling, promote good circulation which is essential for tissue healing and a graduated program of specific stretching & strengthening exercises as well as mobilisation techniques, tailored to ones needs and limitations.
Acupuncture is an integral treatment for most medical conditions to promote healing, recovery and general wellness following illness, surgery or injury. It is also effective in prevention of illness. The World Health Organisation endorses the use of acupuncture for many health conditions and our Western world is participating in many scientific projects related to its use.
This part of my professional journey has been very exciting and interesting and opened up a whole new world of thought and approach in helping patients towards wellness by facilitating natural pain relief, reducing inflammation, promoting circulation and generally kick-starting our own energy system into healing mode.
Our central nervous system can be shut down mentally, emotionally and physically following trauma: surgery, illness or intense stress; as a result, many people can suffer low energy and extreme fatigue that hampers and prolongs recovery.
Acupuncture can be a very helpful treatment during and after cancer medical treatments. It is used to relieve symptoms of nausea, vomiting, constipation, headaches, pain, fatigue, loss of appetite and anxiety often suffered during and following chemotherapy.
The use of acupuncture has been very helpful and, where ever possible, I now combine physiotherapy with acupuncture to optimise the outcome.
Coaching & Educating
As an avid golfer I got involved with studying and training in fitness for golf many years ago and have conducted workshops that include tips on injury prevention and management.
For many years I have presented to organizations and businesses introducing and reinforcing concepts to encourage workplace safety as well as injury prevention and management. I consider this an essential service as it educates both employers and employees to the importance of physical and mental health and wellness which impacts workplace satisfaction and productivity. I believe this should can be implemented by companies and organizations across industries.
I also encourage workshops for seniors and family & parent advocate organizations where I provide valuable education regarding issues of physical health, fitness and general wellness.
From sports training to weight loss to cancer recovery...
Fairmont Sports Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Clinic offers several effective programs that draw from the benefits of a variety of treatments designed to help you achieve your goals.
Golf Program to Improve Your Game
The Golf Program includes stretch & strength exercises for the hip, shoulders and spinal muscle groups; balance training, core strengthening and tips on injury prevention & management to ensure you remain at your best throughout the golf season.
The golf swing requires solid balance on your feet together with high speed rotational mobility and strength of the spine and lower limbs. Using an exercise band of varying resistance and a posture board you can do this routine of pulling the band across your chest while maintaining the upright posture.
Do 10 reps in the centre position, and then 10 reps with your chest turned to the right and then the left. Repeat 3 sets.
You can progress this exercise by standing on 1 leg at a time and doing the same routine. Golf also requires a strong core of the abdominal muscles.
Sitting on the big ball , legs out straight pull the band across your chest while maintaining the upright posture. Do 3 sets of 10 You can also add small rotations to the right and left .
For best results do these exercises daily throughout the golfing season and especially as a warm up before the game.
What Clients Are Saying
When I moved to the Columbia valley, I was concerned that I would not find a great physio. I found Loretto Keenan. She has been a Godsend in my life over the past 2 years. I have metal in my neck and full knee replacements plus many health issues. Loretto, through the wonderful combination of physio and acupuncture, brings the best of both. She treats the whole body not just a part. This integrated approach gets better results than I have ever had. Loretto teaches you how to care for yourself to stay healthy and also become healthier. I now have more energy to do the things I love. You see I am a physio. In all my years of practice, I have never met anyone better than Loretto.
A colossal CHEERS! to Loretto at Fairmont Physio. It's been 10 months since my first visit... only 4 visits... and holy guacamole completely pain free after spending over 13 months in agony. Ms. Keenan, you are a miracle worker with your magic pins and extremely helpful, wonderful words of wisdom in remaining pain free. I implore anyone suffering with irreparable pain to visit this lovely lady. Personally, she alleviated suffering where no other masseuse, chiropractor, or even, good ol' MD's couldn't even touch or remedy. I appreciate you for allowing me to live again!
Cheers & Jeers column, Columbia Valley Pioneer
I tore my Achilles tendon last August and after many, many months attempting to recover on my own, in one visit to Loretto I knew that without her incredible knowledge, coaching and guidance my recovery time could go on indefinitely. Loretto has given me a whole new understanding as to what I'm capable of in taking control of my healing so that I can look forward to a summer doing all the activities I've missed for the better part of year.
Thank you, thank you, Loretto!
A STORY OF PHYSIO
I originally started having physio because I had quite a severe car accident. As I began working with Loretto I realized two things : 1. She really new her stuff and 2. If I followed her instructions she would give me further instruction that would help me to do the things that where no longer possible after my accident.
As a result of my accident, my current condition of Multiple Sclerosis worsened. Loretto did not back away from this. She applied her skills as an acupuncturist to aid me. I have always been athletic and my MS had taken that from me. With Loretto's skill, instruction and guidance I am working out again, my right leg is no longer dragging on the ground (She kept prompting me to lift it and gave me exercises to strengthen it).
I have learned from Loretto the importance of food , water and warmth. She has taught me that all three of these elements are essential for the body to function properly. I have learned from experience that if I miss any of these elements I can not function well.
In all, my experience has been very positive. I have been experiencing a slower progression of my MS with the use of acupuncture and have actually had a reprieve of symptoms for a short time. (My sight has actually improved on two different occasions.) I will continue my physio/ acupuncture experience and continue with positive outcomes.
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