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Physiotherapy

One-on-one, hands-on treatment

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At the Active Health Institute, our physiotherapists believe in a patient centered model of care, emphasizing one-on-one, hands-on treatment. We take great pride in providing our patients with the appropriate amount of time, attention and education required to get them better, faster. Regardless if you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior, child, adult or senior, we tailor each individual’s treatment plan in order to properly treat a variety of conditions. We strive to stay educated in the latest research, to ensure the highest quality and most effective forms of treatment.

Our physiotherapists take an integrative approach and work collaboratively with other members of the Active Health Institute, ensuring the best and most appropriate treatment for the Ottawa (Barrhaven) community. With the health and well-being of our patient’s being our top priority, we ensure continued communication with our patient’s and their general practitioner’s, sports physicians and all other medical provider’s.

What is a Registered Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are regulated health care professionals with a university degree from an accredited physiotherapy program, who assess, diagnose and provide hands-on treatment and exercise prescription to address movement disorders.

Physiotherapists are qualified to;

  • establish a physical diagnosis, through detailed history-analysis and physical evaluation;
  • plan and implement physiotherapy treatment programs, using specialized knowledge and skills in exercise prescription and hands-on techniques;
  • evaluate results to track patient improvement or to modify treatment;
  • develop physical-health promotion programs and screening tools
    Provide education and consulting services to the public and other health-care professionals

Reasons to see a Physiotherapist

  • Preventing and treating sports injuries
  • Restoring and increasing range of motion in joints
  • Increasing coordination
  • Alleviating pain
  • Counseling and educating in pre-and post-natal care
  • Designing ergonomically-correct homes and workplaces
  • Educating clients in the use of devices such as canes, crutches and wheelchairs
  • Helping injured individuals return to work successfully through ‘work hardening’ programs

What types of physiotherapy treatments are available?

  • Manual therapy (joint mobilizations)
  • Acupuncture
  • Myofascial release technique
  • Sports massage
  • Graston Technique
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Functional retraining
  • Work ergonomics

Are your services covered by OHIP?

As with most physiotherapy clinics in Ontario, we are not eligible to bill OHIP for physiotherapy services. However, almost all extended health plans provide varying amounts of yearly coverage for physiotherapy expenses.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

You do not require a doctor’s referral to be treated by a physiotherapist. However, if you have an extended health care plan, your insurer may require a doctor’s referral in order to reimburse you for the physiotherapy treatment.

How long is a treatment?

Your first assessment and treatment will be approximately one hour. All subsequent treatments will be anywhere from 20-40 minutes depending on the condition being treated.