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Exercise - The Best Treatment for Nearly Everything!


What is Therapeutic Exercise?

Physiotherapists are most well known for exercise prescription and it is well established that therapeutic exercise is the best treatment if you’re looking for long term results!  Therapeutic exercise is the intentional performance of specific movements for the purposes of improving health and function of bodily systems.  “Bodily systems” is quite broad for good reason; therapeutic exercise has positive effects on all bodily systems.  Whether you sprained your ankle or suffer from anxiety and depression, therapeutic exercise can help you!

I have health condition(s) and I’m worried that exercise may be too difficult for me, or completely contraindicated.

Don’t worry, first of all — we know all of the contraindications to exercise therapy.  As long as you provide us with your medical history, we have you covered!  Second of all — therapeutic exercise is simpler than you may think and there are exercises that nearly everyone can do.  What type of exercise we give you and its parameters totally depend on the status of your injury, your current fitness level, your health history and much more.  Our physiotherapists perform a thorough assessment to determine the proper exercises for you.  And if you have any questions, please just ask us!

I’ve had exercise from physiotherapy in the past and it didn’t work.  Why would I do it now?

Try not to paint all exercise with the same brush!  What happened in the past could have been a failure for a number of reasons.  Based on our experience, sometimes exercise programs go wrong because the wrong exercises were being prescribed or the exercises parameters were not appropriate.  Sometimes too much at the wrong time can actually make you feel worse.  Our exercise programs are tailored to the current situation, and progressed as you progress through your recovery.

Physiotherapy exercise is boring!  Can I sign-up for a bootcamp or something else?

We encourage all physical activity but if you’re injured, it is important to have a plan.  You need to know what exercises are safe to do without regression in your injury status.  You also need to know which exercises to focus on to correct your imbalances.  We recommend that you talk to your physiotherapist and develop a plan to proceed with whatever exercises programs you want to do.  Also, we think that you should check out PhysioYoga, which we have at our clinic.  PhysioYoga is the best way to integrate your physiotherapy assessment with a comprehensive exercise program that you can do at home and in our clinic.

Visit one of our physiotherapists for a targeted therapeutic exercise program

Vivian Overton Physiotherapist Photo

Vivian Overton


Vivian graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2010. She moved to Calgary and has worked with PT Health since January of 2011. Vivian has a large focus on assessing and treating the body as a whole. She has advanced training in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), therapeutic taping, fire-glass cupping,…

January Muhlbeier Physiotherapist

January Muhlbeier


January graduated from University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education. After a year working as a kinesiologist, she completed her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from McMaster University in 2013. Having realized that being able to see and experience the mountains were an integral part of her well-being, she returned to Alberta….

Jessica Claflin Physiotherapist Photo

Jessica Claflin


Jessica came to physiotherapy by way of veterinary sciences. As a veterinary nurse (animal health technician), she was inspired by the remarkable outcomes she was seeing in her four-legged patients whom received physiotherapy. Her desire to learn more motivated her to return to University of Calgary where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology…

Matt Wylie Physiotherapist

Matt Wylie


Matt graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta after completing an undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Originally from the Okanagan, Matt was drawn to the mountains in Alberta to pursue competitive cross-country skiing, staying in Alberta to pursue his education. Matt grew up playing…


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