Physiotherapy

Session types: All sessions are one on one individualized care. We are focused only on you for the whole session. We offer direct billing with almost all insurers, but make sure to inquire with your insurance company regarding your specific policy.

Initial assessment: 60 minute duration - we tailor each assessment to the individual. 

Follow up treatment: 30 or 60 minute sessions. After your initial assessment, we work with you and your goals to create the best plan for your recovery.

Virtual Care: We offer both assessment and treatment sessions virtually as well. We offer a free 15 minute discovery session for those who are hesitant whether virtual therapy will work for them. 

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is the practice of restoring function after an injury, promoting optimal mobility, preventing disease, injury, or disability, and the management of acute and chronic conditions. A physical therapist is a trained professional who can assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of different injuries and conditions. Whether you were injured in your sport and cannot play, have been in a car accident, or are getting sore from repetitive work, we can help you get better!

 

So when should you come and see a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists can be beneficial in any stage of injury. Even before an injury occurs, physiotherapists can screen for muscle weaknesses, create a focused exercise program for you, and provide education on self-management and injury risk reduction. In the early stages after an injury (hours to a couple days), physiotherapists can help reduce pain and inflammation through various modalities, as well as provide education on what activities should and should not be performed in order to see the best results for recovery. Following this, moving to a more subacute (days to weeks), or chronic (months) phase of an injury, physiotherapists can help restore you back to the activities you love to do. 

 

What sorts of things should you expect from your physiotherapist?

A comprehensive assessment by a physical therapist should involve a detailed history of your injury and function, assessment of your range of motion and strength, as well as a variety of special tests specific to your injury. These assessment findings are analyzed and used to create a diagnosis. Using your goals and current level of function, a treatment plan will be created. This treatment plan could involve a number of things including: therapeutic exercises, therapeutic modalities, manual mobilizations, massage, education, environmental adaptations, and many others.

One of the most beneficial tools used by physiotherapists is therapeutic exercises. Muscle imbalances can put someone at a much higher risk of developing injuries, and targeted exercises can help to eliminate these imbalances. Assessment by a physiotherapist can help identify and address these imbalances, before an injury even happens. However, if you’ve already had an injury, targeted stretching and strengthening exercises created by your physiotherapist can improve your outcome and get you back to your sport faster.

Seeing a physiotherapist either proactively before injury occurs or after an injury has already happened are both ways to keep you safe and healthy in your sport, daily life, or at work. 

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