shelbourne Physical Therapy

Our Staff: Penny Salmas

Clinic Owner
Registered Physical Therapist
Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapist (FCAMPT)
Certified Gunn IMS Practitioner
Special Interest in Physiotherapy for Dancers
Schroth 3D Scoliosis Physiotherapy Trained
Shockwave Certification(ISMST)
Real Time Ultrasound

Penny Salmas IMS Physiotherapist Victoria, BCPenny has incorporated all the services and disciplines she feels are most beneficial to the full recovery of most patients under one roof.

She has over 20 years of physiotherapy experience, all of which have been in private practice. Penny has obtained her Diploma of Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) making her a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. Penny has a Physical Therapy degree from the University of Calgary and a Physiotherapy degree from the University of Alberta. Penny is an active member of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia(PABC). and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)

Physiotherapists who are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) have completed extensive post -graduate education in the area of orthopaedics and have achieved internationally recognized qualifications in hands on manual and manipulative therapy.

FCAMPT Physiotherapists' knowledge and skills enable them to treat complex pathology and movement disorders of both the spine and extremities, which can cause both acute and chronic pain and disability.

Physiotherapists with the FCAMPT designation are committed to providing the highest level of quality, patient-centred care combining clinical experience with evidence based practice.

Penny also incorporates the use of Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) into her treatment of many different types of injuries. Penny is a member of the Orthopaedic and  Women's Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

FCAMPT Physiotherapist Victoria BCShe is the first physiotherapist to practice IMS in Victoria and has been thrilled with the results. Penny has a keen interest in treating foot and ankle problems, dance, golf, gymnastics, skating, and soccer injuries.

Penny has a special interst in treating Victoria adolescents and adults with scoloiosis using evidence based Schroth exercise guidelines. The Schroth Method is a physiotherapeutic treatment system which uses isometric and other exercises to strengthen or lengthen asymmetrical muscles in a scoliotic body, to elongate the trunk, and correct imbalances of the spine.  It has successfully been used in Germany since the 1920s. The Schroth Method for scoliosis is a conservative exercise in a three dimensional approach to elongate the trunk and correct imbalances of the spine. The goal is to develop the inner muscles of the rib cage in order to change the shape of the upper trunk and to correct any spinal abnormalities. The Physiotherapist will instruct the patient in specific exercises to straighten, centralize and de-rotate the spine with corrective breathing techniques. 

The scoliosis exercise rehabilitation therapy, which is tailored to each patient’s curves, focuses on 4 main points which include halting curve progression, reducing pain, and improving posture, strength and lung function. The exercises include stretching, strengthening and some breathing techniques that counteract the rotation of spinal curvatures. Patients are encouraged to do the exercises at home and incorporate postural correction into their daily lives. There is plenty of evidence that when done correctly, in the right situation, with the right therapist and the right patient, the Schroth exercise method can improve the patients spine curve progression.

Penny is one of the few Physiotherapists in Canada that has completed the Instructional Certification Course in the use of Shockwave Therapy by the International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment (ISMST). Shockwave Therapy is a safe, effective and non-surgical technology utilizing high-energy, short wavelength acoustic waves called shockwaves to treat tendons, fascia, bone and periosteum (membrane on bones). Healing effects include bone and tendon regeneration, increased blood vessel growth and a chemically induced decrease in pain and sensitivity of pain receptors.

A large portion of her clinical work is through direct referrals from General Physicians and various Specialists in fields including Physiatry, interventional radiology, sports medicine, neurology, rheumatology and orthopedic surgery. Penny also offers limited practice time for medical legal, Scoliosis, sports, Real time ultrasound and women's health consulting.

She is always up for a challenge! Penny and Shelbourne Physiotherapy are proud sponsors of World Cup Soccer Camp run by Brett Hyslop and Steph Steiner.

Penny Salmas is a Certified Gunn IMS Practitioner.

Penny Salmas treats patients at our main Victoria Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Pilates & Massage Therapy Clinic located at 100B-3200 Shelbourne Street, Victoria, BC, V8P 5G8, our Gordon Head Recreation Centre Clinic located at 4100 Lambrick Way, Saanich, BC as well as our downtown Victoria Physiotherapy clinic located at 308-1175 Cook Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 4A1.

CAMPT Physiotherapist in Victoria BCUnfortunately, Penny does not provide Physiotherapy treatment for WorksafeBC claims.

Penny does provide Physiotherapy treatment for ICBC Claims

Shelbourne Physiotherapy, Pilates & Massage is a locally owned health company with 3 locations in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Our clinics offer Physiotherapy, IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) & Dry Needling, Kinesiology, Exercise Rehabilitation, Massage Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Post-Operative Rehabilitation, Vestibular, Dizziness & Balance Rehabilitation, Women's health (peri-partum and incontinence), Acupuncture, HydrotherapyAquatherapy, Pool Therapy, Real Time Ultrasound, Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Treatment, Electrical Modalities, Pelvic Floor Physio, Pelvic Pain Physiotherapy, Incontinence Treatment, Sports Physiotherapy, Chronic Pain Treatment,  Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), Aquatic Therapy, Yoga, Yogalates, Clinical Pilates and Custom Knee Bracing, Our clinics are approved providers for WorksafeBC (WCB) Physiotherapy and ICBC Physiotherapy, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation. We are proud members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy(CAMPT), the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC) We have a clinic located in the Gordon Head Recreation Centre in Saanich


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