Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, helps restore movement and function by physical methods such as manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, modalities, and therapeutic exercise. Whether you’re an athlete, a casual exerciser, suffer from chronic pain, or need assistance in recovering from injury or surgery, our physical therapists are passionate about helping you get back to your active lifestyle.
Your physiotherapist will diagnose your condition, provide hands-on treatment, and develop a safe and customized treatment and exercise program geared towards reaching your goals. Our team of experienced physiotherapists have extensive training in a variety of techniques to help you regain motion, improve strength and function, reduce pain, or achieve specific health and fitness goals through physical therapy.
Our physiotherapy treatment plans may include a combination of:
Manual Therapy – the skilled application of hands-on-techniques including joint mobilization, peripheral and spinal manipulation, soft tissue techniques and neural mobilization to improve mobility, decrease pain and restore function. These techniques often require considerable post-graduate schooling and evaluation to meet the high standards required by the Alberta Physiotherapy College and Association. Manual therapy techniques have substantial support in the research as an effective treatment tool for various musculoskeletal disorders.
Modalities – this can include electrotherapeutic modalities such as ultrasound or TENS or more conventional modalities including heat, ice or taping. Modalities are often used as an adjunct in physical therapy treatment to help manage pain, reduce swelling and promote healing
Individualized exercise programs – various injuries and musculoskeletal disorders can be attributed to insufficient strength, poor motor control, adverse muscle tension and muscle imbalances. Exercise prescription is an essential component of physical therapy to help maintain the gains of treatment and to prevent the recurrence of injuries in the future. Our physical therapists have a strong background in biomechanics and exercise prescription and are able to develop individualized programs for clients at any activity level.
Needling (Acupuncture or Dry Needling)
What Can I Expect On My First Visit?
Your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive exam including a thorough history and physical exam in order to determine the nature of your injury or condition and the most effective treatment plan. Education is provided on relevant anatomy, posture, ergonomics, sleep positions, activity modification, healing times and the details of your individualized treatment plan. You physical therapist may intimate a treatment plan consisting of the treatment techniques outlined above and will start you on a home exercise program to reinforce the strategies used in the clinic.
How Long Will it Take For Me to Recover?
Healing times will vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury, a person’s age and general health and the demands that are placed on their body with work or hobbies. Some issues may resolve with only one or two treatments while others that are more severe or are a chronic problem may take a few months to improve significantly. Your therapist will give you an idea as to the expected recovery tile following your assessment.
Are My Treatments Covered by Alberta Health Care or My Extended Health Benefits?
For detailed information on fees, Alberta Health Care Coverage and billing information for extended health care providers such as Alberta Blue Cross or Sunlife, visit our Fees & Benefits page.
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