What is a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are highly trained medical professionals with a focus on injury rehabilitation. They are experts on how your body moves and what stops it from moving.  Many people have an injury or condition that can make moving difficult and this can affect every aspect of day-to-day life, from working in an office to sports performance.  Physiotherapists are movement specialists that use a hands-on approach to help you restore, maximize, and maintain movement and function throughout your life.

At Peak Health & Performance, our physiotherapists are highly trained with a Masters level in university education.  They have extensive experience in a wide array of injuries, with advanced training in a variety of acupuncture, muscle therapy, and rehabilitative courses.  Our physiotherapists will get you moving and keep you moving!

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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists treat a wide range of health conditions and injuries, and they work with clients of all ages – from pediatric to geriatric.   Whether it is pain management and rehabilitation from acute injury, management of chronic conditions, the prevention of injury and disability, improvement of optimal function, and/or sports performance, our physiotherapists can help you.

The following list is not comprehensive, but it includes some of the many conditions that physiotherapy treatment can help with:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Strains/Sprains
  • Chronic Pain
  • Developmental delays and Pediatric Conditions
  • Knee Pain
  • Ankle & Wrist Pain
  • Shoulder Pain & Rotator Cuff Dysfunction
  • TMJ (Jaw) Pain & Dysfunction
  • Falls & Fractures
  • Incontinence
  • Neurological Conditions & Nerve Pain
  • Occupational Health
  • Pregnancy-Related Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vestibular Disorders (Vertigo & Dizziness) 

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What Happens During a Physiotherapy Visit?

The physiotherapist will complete a detailed history taking, followed by an extensive hands-on assessment including the evaluation of pain and movement patterns, joint mobility and flexibility, muscular strength, and reflexes.  If necessary, the physiotherapist will also examine any relevant imaging results, laboratory tests, and medical/surgical notes.

Based on the history and examination results, the physiotherapist will establish a diagnosis and work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your individualized goals.  Emphasis is placed on correcting the pain and dysfunction, and then preventing its recurrence.

At Peak Health & Performance, the physiotherapist will provide hands-on treatment at every visit.

What Does Physiotherapy Treatment Include?

Our experienced and highly trained physiotherapists will develop personalized treatment plans that can include a variety of the following: 

  • Muscle therapy to release tight and painful muscles (soft tissue release/massage/ART).
  • Joint mobilizations to reduce pain and stiffness.
  • Hot and cold therapy to relive pain, reduce swelling and speed up healing.
  • Electrotherapy – interferential current, ultrasound, muscle stimulation and TENS.
  • Laser Therapy
  • Acupuncture/IMS to release muscle tension, decrease pain, and improve healing.
  • Personalized exercise/rehabilitation programs to improve range of motion, strength and function.
  • Supervision of the patient completing their prescribed exercises in our rehab space.
  • Prescription of supportive and protective devices/braces and equipment.
  • Patient education and advice on health promotion and future injury prevention. 

Payment for Physiotherapy Services:

Most extended health care plans cover physiotherapy treatments.  Some insurance plans may require a medical doctor’s referral in order to reimburse you for the cost of the appointment.  Please check with your health insurance provider to confirm your level of coverage.

At Peak Health & Performance, we direct bill most extended health care plans for all physiotherapy services!

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