Physiotherapy in Canada is a regulated health profession. The terms Physical Therapist and Physiotherapist are used interchangeably in Canada and recognizes that the therapist is a registered member of their provincial regulatory body, this means in Ontario they are members of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. You can recognize a physiotherapist by the use of the title “PT” after their name. Physiotherapists have completed extensive post graduate university level education on anatomy, biomechanics, pathology and exercise therapy. This can be used not just to diagnose current injuries, but also preventatively before starting a new exercise routine (prehab). One way to think of physiotherapy is that we are movement specialists helping you to achieve your goals.
How can a physiotherapist help?
Physiotherapy education does not end when a physiotherapist completes their degree. Physiotherapists continue to upgrade their skills through advanced post graduate courses, lectures and staying up to date on the current research and most evidence based practices. The physiotherapists at Family Physiotherapy have all upgraded their knowledge through many post graduate courses including the use of advanced manual therapy assessment and treatment techniques, spinal and peripheral manipulation, acupuncture, dry needling, intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and advanced exercise prescription to name a few.
The Family Physiotherapy approach
At Family Physiotherapy you will be seen by a registered physiotherapist that will take a detailed history of not just the current pain or problem that you are having but also previous injuries, pains or changes in your routine that may have contributed to your current symptoms. Additionally, the initial assessment will also include a thorough and detailed biomechanical and musculoskeletal examination to determine the source of pain as well as the contributing factor. This may include tests of flexibility and range of motion (ROM) and movement of your limbs and spine to determine local or global movement restrictions. Evidence based techniques will also localize your symptoms so that the most appropriate treatment techniques can be utilized.
Evidence Based Client Centred Treatment
After your physiotherapist has explained the diagnosis and treatment options that are available and their associated risks and benefits, they may use:
Manual therapy techniques (hands on treatment) to restore movement to stiff joints
Electrical agents such as interferential current, TENS and ultrasound to reduce inflammation and pain
Dry Needling and IMS to relieve painful trigger points
Therapeutic taping to reduce pain and improve movement
Soft tissue or massage techniques to improve flexibility and reduce pain
Advice on ways of modifying your current daily tasks to assist healing. This may include advice on your work station setup or exercise routine
Therapeutic exercises to improve muscle imbalances that may be contributing to your current symptoms
In all but rare cases your treatment will include a specific home program that will be prescribed to you by your physiotherapist and will change as your symptoms improve. In early stages of injury and pain these are typically aimed at reducing your pain and preventing stiffness and weakness. In later stages this will change to exercises to restore muscle imbalances and strengthening and flexibility exercises to prevent further injuries. Your physiotherapist will also discuss with you specific ways that you may be able to modify your current exercises and activities to prevent de-conditioning during your rehabilitation.
The Family Physiotherapy Difference
The physiotherapists and massage therapists at Family Physiotherapy have all been trained in the use of acupuncture to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Located in Markham, we are conveniently located near Thornhill, Richmond Hill and North York.
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Back in november 2018, I had a right shoulder surgery. Finding the best physiotherapist for my personal well being, I...read moreBack in november 2018, I had a right shoulder surgery. Finding the best physiotherapist for my personal well being, I have come across a lot of people and places where you're not sure if you are receiving the help you need. I am blessed for finding this clinic and being able to know that you are being taken care of by their awesome staff! Based on my experience, as soon as you enter the clinic, you will be greeted by their amazing frontdesk staff. The place has all the space, equipments and supports that you need in your recovery. I came to this facility 2 months ago where I cannot even begin lift my right arm properly. With the help of my personal physiotherapist, shout out to you Marven. I can now lift weights and be able to do the things I couldn't do before. I highly recommend this place for I would not have gone to where I am now without them.Thank you Family Physiotherapy!read less
Shefali has been amazing in treating my long neglected issues. She explains the problems and process very well, and is...read moreShefali has been amazing in treating my long neglected issues. She explains the problems and process very well, and is always able to suggest the best exercise routine to address them. The front desk staffs are a pleasure to work with as well.read less