Physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of how the body works and specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury and disability. Physiotherapy focuses on the science of movement and helps people to restore, maintain and maximize their physical strength, function, motion and overall well-being by addressing underlying physical issues. It encompasses rehabilitation, injury prevention, health promotion, and fitness.
Physiotherapy focuses on the science of movement and helps people to restore, maintain and maximize their physical strength, function, motion and overall well-being by addressing underlying physical issues. It encompasses rehabilitation, injury prevention, health promotion, and fitness.
Physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of how the body works and specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury and disability. They work in partnership with people of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function whether that means working with patients pre and/or post surgery, helping people come back from illness or chronic disease, injury, industrial and motor vehicle accidents, as well as age related conditions. Physiotherapy is a drug-free health care practice which includes rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness. Physiotherapists often work in teams with other health professionals to help meet an individual’s health care needs.
Physiotherapists employ a variety of techniques, depending on the nature of the injury or issue they are treating. Common physiotherapy techniques are:
– functional testing: testing a patient in various movement based tasks to assess their physical abilities
– manual manipulation: moving joints and soft tissue helps to improve circulation or drain fluid from the body, and relaxing overly tight or muscles that are suffering spasms
– electrical nerve stimulation: small electrical currents are delivered to affected areas which help to suppress and block pain
– acupuncture/dryneedling: needles stimulate the nervous system and work to lessen pain and release muscles
– demonstration: teaching movement patterns and exercises
– device provision: recommending equipment that will help assist and support treatment
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24 hours notice is required for a cancellation, otherwise the full fee for the appointment will be charged.
You will be given the full attention of your therapist for the remainder of your time slot.
Services performed by a Registered Therapist will be provided to the client for health insurance beneﬁt claims.
As professionals, physiotherapists provide treatment for: preventing injury and disability, managing acute and chronic conditions, improving and maintaining optimal physical performance, rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability, educating patients to prevent re-occurrence of an injury, and more.
Physiotherapy often helps with the following conditions:
– musculoskeletal: preventing and treating clients with musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain
– incontinence: managing and preventing incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction
– women’s health concerns: addressing health issues surrounding pregnancy, birth, postpartum care, prolapsed, loss of bladder or bowel control
– orthopedic: helping patients prevent or manage acute or chronic orthopedic conditions such as cartilage tears and rotator cuff pathologies
– neurological: promoting movement and quality of life in patients who have had brain or spinal cord damage from trauma, or who suffer from neurological diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
– pain: managing or preventing pain and its impact on daily life
When you come to physiotherapy at Breathe you will be welcomed by the friendly faces at the front desk and asked to sit and sign a few consent forms. The physiotherapist will come and get you at your treatment time and lead you to a spa like private physiotherapy room.
While each session with a physiotherapist is unique as it depends on the client’s health issues and needs, here are some general guidelines.
– learning about the patient’s medical history
– assessing and diagnosing the patient’s condition and needs
– helping the patient set and reach physical goals
– creating a treatment plan that accounts for patient’s health, lifestyle and activities
– prescribing or looking into any assistive equipment that could help
The Initial Assessment:
During an initial session, your physiotherapist will seek to gain a solid understanding of the source of your discomfort. Bring any relevant documentation with you (such as medical records), as you will be asked questions on your medical history and general health at the start of the consultation.
Patients should wear loose, comfortable clothing that will not restrict movement. Your physiotherapist may ask you to perform a few movements or exercises so they can correctly assess your level of mobility. You may also be asked to walk a short distance so they can assess if your condition is affecting your gait/walking pattern. Clinical testing such as reflex and nerve testing may also be done depending on your condition. If the area of your body causing you pain is covered by clothing, you may be asked to remove it (to your level of comfort) so the physiotherapist can gain a better understanding of your problem.
After observation, your physiotherapist will outline a proposed treatment plan for you. The number of sessions needed is determined by the individual and the extent of the treatment plan based on the results of the assessment.
After your session has ended, your therapist may give you a sheet of easy to follow physiotherapy exercises you can practice at home. Try your best to complete them exactly as instructed.
If your injury is caused or aggravated by lifestyle factors such as frequent heavy lifting or maintaining a bad posture while sitting at your desk, your physiotherapist will provide you with useful tips to improve this, and prevent injury re-occurrence.
• Before you arrive for your first appointment, keep in mind that we’ll need a few minutes for you to fill out an intake form.
• Be sure you are well hydrated with water.
• After treatment, it is common for a patient to feel stiff (like after exercising) for 24 – 48 hours.
• If you have pain from tight muscles, heat will help to ease it. Apply heat for only 20-30 minutes. Allow about an hour between applications of heat. Repeat as often as necessary.
• Drink water to help rehydrate.
• Taking a bath with epsom salts can ease muscular pain. Epsom salts contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant. Dissolve ½ to 1 cup of epsom salts to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes. Epsom salts can be drying to the skin, but the addition of an equal amount of baking soda to the bath will help keep the skin soft.
Registered Physiotherapist, HBSc (Kin), BEd, MScPT
Tara attended the University of Western Ontario where she obtained an Honors Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Kinesiology. She took her passion for science and fitness education and obtained her teaching degree from the University of Toronto. Tara wanted to continue her health education and earned a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. She has also taken postgraduate courses in manual therapy and acupuncture and is a functional-movement expert. Tara is pursuing her Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy Diploma from Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Tara is an avid golfer and volleyball player and enjoys practicing yoga.
The goal of physiotherapy is to get you back to doing what you love as soon as possible.
She believes in combining manual therapy, yoga and other exercise, and retraining your functional movement patterns. You will gain an excellent understanding of your injury and security in your recovery. Tara advocates for injury prevention as well as rehabilitation. Why not learn where your weaknesses are and target them pre-injury?
Tara was wonderful! She listened intently and made sure that she had all the information before moving ahead with a treatment plan. Complete the work she gives you… and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!
When should I see a physiotherapist?
Consider getting physiotherapy if you have an injury, or chronic pain that affects how you function everyday, or if it’s been recommended by your doctor.
Do we need a doctor’s referral to seek physiotherapy services?
You do not need a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy. However, if you are going to use your health insurance to cover the cost of therapy, the insurance provider may ask you for a doctor’s referral.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes. Jeans or long sleeves are not advisable during your initial assessment since the therapist may need to evaluate your joint mobility. You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants so we can perform a thorough examination.
What kind of things should I tell the Physiotherapist?
Explain all the things you are unable to do, or experience pain attempting to do, as well as touch on the level of function you would like to achieve with the physiotherapist – this will help the them to serve you as effectively as possible. Provide information about when the pain started, the nature of pain (sharp or dull), what caused it, and what aggravates it, etc.
How many visits will I need?
This is highly variable based on the issues found during the initial assessment. You may need one visit, or you may need several months. It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, and your goals. You will be re-evaluated with each session and we will provide you with a progress report with our recommendations.
Are treatments painful?
For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement of stiff areas often provides pain relief as well. Your physiotherapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises, not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.
In some cases, physiotherapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after a knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan.
How do I get there? Where do I park?
We are located in the heart of the Junction area of West Toronto at 2968 Dundas St W on the third floor. Our entrance is on Pacific Ave.
By bike: We have bike racks for Breathe students on the opposite side of the building.
By car: There is a Green P parking lot on Pacific Ave just south of Dundas St. Some street parking may be found in the vicinity (1 hr Max) but is difficult to find. We recommend the Green P parking. Please do not park in the No Frills or Sweet Potato parking lots as you will be subject to a ticket.
By bus: From Dundas West station, take the 40 Junction Bus and get off at Pacific Ave.
From High Park Station. About a 15-20 min walk on High Park Ave to Dundas St West and go East 2 blocks. Or take the 30 Bus towards Kipling and get off at Dundas St West and walk East 2 blocks.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this page does not constitute medical advice and you should ask your medical professional before taking this advice or any other advice found online.