What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a form of health care that can treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. That includes conditions with joints, muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. 

Physiotherapy treatments are non-invasive and drug-free. They involve hands-on techniques such as soft tissue therapy, conditioning, and rehabilitation programs. Physiotherapists also use equipment such as ultrasound, IFC and laser therapy.

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Our physiotherapists take a whole-body approach. They will identify the source of your pain or mobility conditions and then address the root cause. It’s our philosophy that this is the best way to improve your overall quality of life and ensure your conditions don’t return.

If you are dealing with pain, weakness, or stiffness, physiotherapy can help. Whether you’ve had a motor vehicle accident, surgery, or are suffering from unexplained muscle and joint issues, our physiotherapists can get you back to living your daily life pain-free and without limitations!

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Relieving pain

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Reducing swelling

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Improving mobility

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Addressing the cause of
muscle and joint conditions

The many benefits of physiotherapy don’t stop there. It can also help with a wide range of other conditions, such as:

  • Cardio-respiratory disorders including asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis
  • Nervous system disorders including strokes, MS, spinal cord injuries, and Parkinson’s disease
  • Pelvic health issues like urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse

The process begins with analyzing your conditions and their causes. Our physiotherapists will speak with you about your condition and medical history. Then they will make a physical examination. 

They will use their understanding of body mechanics (and sometimes tools like x-rays and CT scans) to formulate a diagnosis and a treatment plan. The plan often involves exercise programs, manual therapy, and other treatments that encourage the body to strengthen and repair itself.

We will create a treatment plan that’s customized just for you. Because when it comes to your health, a “one size fits all” approach just doesn’t work. Since our treatments are tailored to your unique needs, they will help get you back to full health as soon as possible.

Many patients start feeling improvements as early as their first visit. Every case is different, but the short time it takes to begin seeing results is one of the key benefits of physiotherapy.

There are no long wait times for procedures and no delays between assessment and treatment. Instead, your physiotherapist can begin treating you as soon as they’ve identified the condition since we know that’s important when you’re dealing with pain or immobility. We know you want to be rid of these conditions now so you can return to fully enjoying life and your favourite activities!

Of course, serious injuries and progressive conditions can take longer to treat. For example, soft tissue damage can take about 6-8 weeks to heal. However, your physiotherapist can recommend simple physiotherapy exercises to do at home. This will speed up your results and reduce the number of visits you’ll need to achieve full health.

Cost and Coverage

Like many of our services, our physiotherapy treatments are often covered through employer, auto, or disability insurance. So treatments can be available at little or no cost to you. Get in touch or schedule a consultation to learn more.

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When it comes to choosing a physiotherapy clinic, our dedication to providing the best treatments with care and compassion makes us your ideal choice. You can have total confidence in our evidence-based treatments as all of our physiotherapists are registered with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

Our team is made up of a variety of healthcare providers who work together to help you reach your health goals. This enables us to incorporate a wide range of therapies into your customized plan.

Chiropractic care is not only for back problems. It can also treat and relieve headaches. By manipulating the spine, chiropractors release tension caused by misaligned vertebrae. This built-up tension often leads to headaches. By getting rid of that tightness, headaches are less likely to occur in the future.

The spine’s proximity to the neck area means that any problem in the back will most likely affect the neck, too. Most neck pains can be traced to a misaligned spine. By making sure that the backbone is in working order, any stiffness, pain, or tension on the neck can also be relieved.


Some joint pains are directly connected to misalignments in the spine. Once the spine is aligned correctly, affected joints, like shoulders, hips, or knees, often see a marked decrease in pain. Arthritis patients also can benefit from receiving chiropractic care.

Slow digestion and other digestive problems are often linked to an unhealthy central nervous system (made up of the brain and the spinal cord). Because chiropractic care addresses problems connected to the spine and the nervous system, its effectivity extends to digestive issues, too.

Our Team Includes:

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Some of the treatments we offer are:

Living with pain or mobility issues can be devastating. But when you’ve been dealing with it for a long time, it can seem like it’s your new “normal”. We’re here to remind you that these problems are not insurmountable. 

You shouldn’t have to live with pain as part of your daily routine. And believe it or not, fixing these issues may be easier than you think. Our physiotherapists will do what it takes to help you get back to being yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Taking the first step towards a pain-free and healthy life is as easy as giving us a call.

If you’re ready to look for a clinic nearby, we probably have you covered. We have seven conveniently located clinic locations that serve communities including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Scarborough, and Kitchener.

Pro Tip

Our team is made up of a variety of healthcare providers who work together to help you reach your health goals. This enables us to incorporate a wide range of therapies into your customized plan.,

FAQ's

  • 1. What are the different types of physiotherapy?

    There are a variety of different styles of physiotherapy. Each is designed to focus on a particular type of person or a particular goal of treatment. Some examples of different physiotherapy specialities include geriatic physiotherapy, paediatric physiotherapy, neurological physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy, and women’s health physiotherapy.

  • 2. What are the advantages of physiotherapy?

    Physiotherapy techniques can help a person recover after injuries, strokes, and other conditions. They can help injured or eldery to regain mobility and strength. Physiotherapy techniques can help combat some of the detrimental effects of aging and contribute to the management of a variety of conditions.

  • 3. Does physiotherapy really work?

    Physiotherapy techniques are widely employed by doctors, medical professionals, fitness experts, professional athletes, and everyday people across the globe. For many individuals, physiotherapy techniques produce real results.

The main focus of orthopedic physiotherapy is to bring full functionality back to the musculoskeletal system (bones, ligaments, tendons, and joints). This type of physiotherapy may involve specific treatments like strength conditioning, endurance training, stretching, joint mobility rehabilitation, electrical stimulation of the muscles, and ultrasound.

Sports physiotherapy focuses on providing treatments for people who suffered injuries from sports or highly physical activities. It’s used to train athletes or regular folks who are otherwise healthy but are dealing with mobility issues that can be addressed through physical therapy. Another goal of sports therapy is to condition the body to prevent injuries or musculoskeletal deterioration.

Geriatric physiotherapy is designed for older people. The methods used typically meet the unique requirements and capabilities of those of advanced age. Thus, the therapy often involves treatments to restore mobility, manage pain, and account for limitations in movement. Geriatric physiotherapy also includes treatments for cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and other ailments common to seniors.

This type of physiotherapy concentrates on the needs of babies and young children. Pediatric physiotherapy could help infants or toddlers with issues related to mobility and learning. It could also help children with birth-related injuries, genetic disorders, acute injuries, head injuries, muscle-related conditions, and delays in development.