Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy


Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy is a regulated health profession that provides services to individuals to help assess and treat their injuries and ultimately to restore movement and functions of muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, fascia. The focus of physiotherapy is to treat and educate patients as well as encourage them to take an active role to their own recovery. Physiotherapy is covered by most extended insurance plans, ICBC, WBC, MSP depending on income.

Physiotherapy can provide relieve for many common conditions such as:

  • Migraine/tension headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Pregnancy
  • Low back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Stress release
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sport injuries
  • Motor vehicle injuries
  • Work related injuries
  • Stroke
  • Knee/ hip replacement
  • Any other post-surgical conditions

Treatment Techniques Commonly Used in Physiotherapy

  • Manual therapy – “hands on” (muscle and joint mobilizations)
  • Heat/Cold
  • Electrotherapy (IFC, TENS, EMS)
  • Ultrasound
  • Laser
  • Taping and bracing techniques
  • Education of pathology & intervention options
  • Home management option
  • Exercise prescription
  • Traction: manual and mechanical for Lumbar and Cervical spine
  • IMS/Dry Needling
  • ROST Therapy-Evidence based management of Pregnancy related sacro-iliac, pelvic girdle and pubic pain
  • SHIFT – Concussion Management Level 1
  • TMJ – Temporalmandibular joint adjustments.