Physiotherapy is the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of injury and illness through physical and mechanical means. Physiotherapy generally aims to repair and maximize physical strength and mobility, although it can be used to treat a very wide range of conditions. This week, The Medical Station outlines the basics of physiotherapy.
What does a Physiotherapist do?
Physiotherapists work with a variety of types of patients, from elderly people with back pain to young children with scoliosis. Physiotherapists use a range of techniques and materials to help patients to become stronger, more flexible, and more mobile, and to breathe easier, stay active, reduce pain, and prevent injury. These methods include exercise programs, massage treatment, stretching the patient, skin and wound care, heat or cold, and injury prevention education. Physiotherapists can treat patients at many different venues, including private practices, homes, schools, clinics, hospices, fitness centers, and rehabilitation facilities. At The Medical Station, our physiotherapy services include manual therapy, Nordic pole walking, taping and bracing, gait analysis, and postural correction.
What are the qualifications of a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists must complete a postgraduate degree through a credible physiotherapy program prior to taking the national licensure that allows them to practice. Aside from passing the exam, other requirements vary from province-to-province. Physiotherapy programs are highly specialized, and although most therapists need only a master’s degree (MPT) to practice, more and more are seeking out doctorate degrees in physiotherapy (DPT). Our Physiotherapist, Zofia, has been highly trained, receiving her MPT from The University of Toronto, after completing an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from York University. Learn more about Zofia here.
Physiotherapy can prevent, help, and treat a wide array of mobility and pain issues, including but not limited to arthritis, concussions, asthma, scoliosis, chronic pain, cerebral palsy, incontinence, and high blood pressure. At The Medical Station, our Physiotherapist works with individuals of all ages and various abilities, to provide pain management, injury rehabilitation, and chronic disease management, as well as injury prevention education.
What does it cost to see a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists operate on a fee-for-service model, although OHIP may cover the cost of physiotherapy if you fit certain guidelines, which can be found here. Many medical insurance plans will reimburse clients for physiotherapy service fees provided by a certified Physiotherapist. Please check your group or individual insurance policy for coverage details. Physiotherapy services are also tax-deductible as medical expenses, and at The Medical Station individual physiotherapy service fees are HST exempt. View our services and fees here.