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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I cannot say enough good things about this clinic. Starting at reception, care is taken to ensure safety (during...read moreI cannot say enough good things about this clinic. Starting at reception, care is taken to ensure safety (during Covid) and personable service from Leah, Tina and Tess. As a physiotherapist, Susan is thorough and insightful. Adept at manual therapy, she also provided a treatment plan tailored to my goals. Thankful to have discovered this clinic I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for client focused physiotherapy.read less
I've been coming to this clinic for about 4 years now and first came only because it was one of...read moreI've been coming to this clinic for about 4 years now and first came only because it was one of the closest clinics around our place. I'm really glad to have found this place because the staff that I've interacted with (three I think) have all been professional and courteous. In terms of physiotherapists, my husband and I have been with Peter and have found that for our complex issues he has been able to get to the root of the problem. What I thought would be too difficult to treat because I had been experiencing the issue for a while turned out to be something that was related to my pregnancies a couple of years back. Along with treatment and home-based exercises things are improving and the back issue has become less and less. I've used one other physiotherapist and a massage therapist as well and those staff have also been knowledgeable and professional.read less
Tania is the best phisyotherapist that I have ever met. She has gold hands, when she touches my painful muscle,...read moreTania is the best phisyotherapist that I have ever met. She has gold hands, when she touches my painful muscle, the pain eases in few hours.read less
Very good assessments and treatments for my back and knees with Peter :)
I have been coming to family physiotherapy for the past few months for treatment of severe back and leg pain....read moreI have been coming to family physiotherapy for the past few months for treatment of severe back and leg pain. Susan is is my regular physiotherapist. Her methodical assessment and willingness to take the time to listen to my concerns/symptoms accurately diagnosed my condition. Susan's professionalism, and firm yet gentle touch have made treatments effective and also enjoyable. I highly recommend Susan!read less
Having been to many physiotherapy places, I thought they were all the same. This time I made sure to do...read moreHaving been to many physiotherapy places, I thought they were all the same. This time I made sure to do my research and make sure I found the best physiotherapy. I went in and had an appointment with Susan and was totally blown away by the level of professionalism, knowledge, compassion and overall sense of wanting to help me. Susan listened to my problem, made the appropriate suggestions, made sure to keep asking the right questions and at the end knew exactly how to tackle the problem. Susan was so helpful and knowledgeable that she helped me in record time. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone. Not all physiotherapy are the same.read less
Peter is a highly competent and knowledgeable physiotherapist in whom our family has complete trust. We’ve been using his service...read morePeter is a highly competent and knowledgeable physiotherapist in whom our family has complete trust. We’ve been using his service for over a year and our family’s various physical problems have improved immensely.read less