Physiotherapy

At MyLife Rehab and Wellness, our Registered Physiotherapists will help you get back to the things you love!

Registered Physiotherapists are regulated healthcare professionals who focus on assessing, diagnosing and treating the physical body through movement (i.e., bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendon and cartilage). Goals of treatment are directed at restoring and maintaining physical function and mobility (i.e., movement, strength, endurance, flexibility) which may have been lost due to injury, age, or disease. Whether its pain or stiffness, increasing your well-being at work, or getting back to the activities you enjoy, physiotherapy can help improve your quality of life.

Think of physiotherapists as "functional imaging" for your body. An x-ray, ultrasound, MRI are stationary images of one or more body parts - which can give us some idea into a physical issue. A physiotherapist is trained to look at the body as a whole through movement with our eyes and our hands. For example, when you bend your elbow (a simple movement), Physiotherapists are watching for how much movement you have in that elbow, what muscles are working at each point in that movement and what your shoulder/neck/spine/wrist is doing in that movement. All to determine if that motion was completed in a proper movement pattern or not. When the Physiotherapist bends your elbow for you, they are now feeling how the bones/joints/muscles are interacting and compare this to proper movement patterns. Physiotherapists understand the mechanics of our bodies - how a joint is supposed to move, how a muscle/tendon/ligament/cartilage is supposed to perform all on their own and then through a functional movement (i.e., lifting an object off the floor). Once Physiotherapists have this information, an individualized treatment plan is devleoped with your unique goals in mind!

Conditions Treated

  • General aches/pains/stiffness 
  • Any sprain/strains
  • Pre and post-operative rehab
  • Fractures
  • Sport Related Injuries
  • Repetitive Strain injuries
  • Tendonitis and muscle strain
  • Shoulder injuries (e.g., rotator cuff tears/tendonitis, dislocations)
  • Elbow and Wrist Injuries (e.g., DeQuervains tenosynovitis, trigger finger, wrist/hand fractures)
  • Hip and Knees Injuries (e.g., ACL tears, meniscal/MCL/LCL tears)
  • Ankle and Foot Injuries (e.g., plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain/strains)
  • Spinal conditions and nerve impingements
  • Arthritis Management
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Inflammation, swelling, and discomfort

Treatment options:

All Physiotherapy treatments are 1:1 sessions with a registered physiotherapist and can include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Cupping
  • Functional exercise programs
  • Soft Tissue Release/Trigger Point Release
  • Electrical modalities:
    • Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS)
    • Interferential Current (IFC)
    • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)/ Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
    • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Education
  • Athletic taping/K-taping
  • Ergonomic correction and education re: workstation set up
  • Postural conditioning
  • Prevention/maintenance programs
  • Lifestyle coaching to promote and maintain optimal health and function

Goals of treatment

  • Decrease and relieve pain
  • Improve muscle and joint function and range of motion
  • Improve strength/endurance/flexibility of muscles
  • Restore functional movement
  • Return to work/sport/play
  • Injury prevention and maintenance

To learn more about physiotherapy, visit the Canadian Physiotherapy Association at physiotherapy.ca or the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario at http://www.collegept.org/Home

 

FAQs

What to expect on your first visit?

Intake forms - you will be asked to complete forms on the first visit which can take about 10-15 minutes

Assessment:

    • The physiotherapist will take a detailed history (i.e., discuss your concerns, health history, and goals for seeking treatment)
    • Perform a functional objective exam - observe your posture/alignment, perform specific movement tests of your joints/muscles/ligaments/cartilage in order to diagnose
    • Discuss your goals and treatment plan and options available

Is physiotherapy covered by insurance?

Most extended health plans do cover Registered Physiotherapy services. Please contact your insurance company to determine plan limits and if a doctors referral may be required to access your funding. We provide you with a receipt after payment, for you to submit to your insurance. If unsure please give us a call or email for more information.

Do I need a doctors referral to start physiotherapy?

No. Physiotherapists are direct access practitioners and do not need a doctor to refer in order to start treatments. However, some insurance companies/plans require you to provide a doctor's referral in order to get the services paid for by your insurance. Please contact your extended health insurance company to see if a doctors referral is required to access your funding.