Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability.
All physiotherapists registered to practice in Canada are qualified to provide safe and effective physiotherapy. They have met national entry-level education and practice standards, and have successfully passed a standardized physiotherapy competence examination prior to being registered with the college of physiotherapists in their province/territory.
Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by: Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness; Preventing disease, injury, and disability; Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions; Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;
Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline. Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life.
This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids. Physiotherapy services are those that are performed by physiotherapists or any other trained individuals working under a physiotherapist’s direction and supervision.
Physiotherapy interventions include, but are by no means limited to, the following broad categories:
- Education and consultation
- Health promotion and prevention services.
- Personalized therapeutic exercise including testing and conditioning
- Neurotherapeutic approaches to improve strength range of motion, and function.
- Soft tissue and manual therapy techniques; including massage, spinal and peripheral joint mobilization and manipulation.
- Physical, electrotherapeutic and mechanical agents; and acupuncture.
- Cardiorespiratory techniques including airway clearance methods.
- Skin and wound care.
- Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education.
- Functional activity and tolerance testing and training.
- Work and occupational re-training and return to work planning
- Prescription, fabrication and application of assistive, adaptive, supportive and protective devices and equipment.
- Environmental change, focusing on removing barriers to function
Common Injuries We Treat
- Rotator Cuff Strains
- Tennis Elbow / Golfer's Elbow
- Skiing/Snowboarding Injuries
- Patellofemoral Pain
- Swimmer's Shoulder
- Running Injuries
- Ankle Sprains
- Over Use Injuries
- Total and Partial Hip and Knee Replacements
- Arthroscopic Repairs
- Rotator Cuff Repairs
- ACL Rehab
Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA)
- Low Back Pain
- Thoracic Spine Pain
- Neuological Symptoms
- Jaw Pain (TMJ)
Work Related Injuries (WSIB)
- Low Back Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Neck Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Muscle Strains
Modalities Used to Control and Promote Healing
- Shockwave Therapy
- Interferential Current
- Surface EMG
- Moist Heat
- Kinesiotape/Athletic Taping
- Low Power Laser
- Paraffin Wax