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,…Read More...
Let our physiotherapists get you back to your everyday!
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy or “physical therapy” is a regulated healthcare profession and the term physiotherapist and “physical therapist” are interchangeable. Physiotherapists are highly trained at assessment and treatment of the nerves, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons and the injuries, diseases and disabilities associated with these anatomical structures. In a nutshell, physiotherapists can get you moving. They are trained to help people restore, maintain and maximize their strength, movement and function. Physiotherapists are also trained in specialized hands-on techniques to help alleviate pain and restore movement.
Physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology and they understand how to apply these concepts in a clinical setting. To learn more about physiotherapy, visit the Physiotherapy Alberta website.
Exercise is the treatment that physiotherapists are most known for and is what consistently produces the best outcomes in research. Therapeutic exercise is what physiotherapists are experts at prescribing and is a staple treatment. When appropriate, our physiotherapists use many different hands-on techniques and intramuscular stimulation (IMS) in addition to therapeutic exercise. These specialized techniques can produce amazing improvements in pain, mobility and function and can make it easier to perform therapeutic exercise.
How can physiotherapy help me?
We could go on for days about this. Here is a short list:
- Improve mobility
- Improve strength
- Help you breath easier
- Reduce pain
- Prevent injury
- Increase activity level
The list could go on. But the end goal of all of the above is to make it so you can get back to your everyday!
I have had physiotherapy before, and it didn’t work. Why should I see you guys?
We hear this a lot. First of all, physiotherapy has changed a lot in the past decade (or two). You may be surprised by what you see now. Secondly (and most importantly), physiotherapy is not the same everywhere you go. Although we wish that some things were consistent throughout the profession, diversity is a good thing! We highly recommend that you give physiotherapy another try. Just about every week we hear someone talk about how our clinic changed their perception (in a positive way) of physiotherapy.
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….Read More...
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…Read More...
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…Read More...
Who should I see, a physiotherapist or a chiropractor?
The good news is we have a chiropractor at our other clinic in Royal Oak, in case you're wondering! This way you can see both if you want. There is no black and white answer for this because it depends more on who you're seeing and not the profession. There is great overlap between the two professions.
If you're really undecided and need help figuring it out, please contact us and we should be able to help make your decision easier.