What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a well-respected healthcare profession that takes a whole-body approach to wellness and considers both physical and physiological factors. Therapists help you overcome or manage disease, injury and disability. People may imagine someone recovering from a broken leg or a serious injury when they think about physiotherapy, but it can help with a lot more than just injury recovery.
How can physiotherapy help me?
Working with a physiotherapist can help you regain movement, reduce pain and learn exercises and body mechanics to help you heal or strengthen your body to prevent problems down the road.
Physiotherapists have specialized knowledge and bring a holistic approach to recovery, which enables them to treat a wide variety of conditions including fractures and sprains, arthritis and post-surgical issues, stroke and brain injury, dizziness and balance issues, pelvic conditions, cancer-related issues and more.
How does it work?
The physiotherapist will develop an individualized treatment plan, which may include manual therapy, injury-specific exercise programs, electrotherapy and acupuncture. You will also learn simple exercises and stretches to practice at home. Maintaining your at-home exercises is an important part of the recovery process.
When can I expect to see results?
Results vary depending on the type and degree of your condition. Many clients notice an improvement as early as their initial appointment and see significant results when they combine their home exercises with regular appointments.
What do I need to bring to my initial appointment?
At your initial appointment the physiotherapist will discuss any medical history that relates to your condition, so please bring details of any health problems and past treatments.
As well, an assessment will be conducted on the area where you are experiencing discomfort. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will allow the area to be evaluated.
Cost and coverage
Whether you are receiving physiotherapy, chiropractic service, massage therapy, occupational therapy or other types of rehabilitation services, most health insurance providers reimburse all or a portion of the fees.
Our clinic staff can help confirm your health insurance coverage. Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Find a Lifemark clinic to determine the coverage options available to you which may include:
- All third-party insurance
- Extended health benefits
- Worker’s compensation
- Motor vehicle accident insurance
- OHIP (Ontario only)
Please note that for payment, all major credit cards, debit, cash and personal cheques are accepted.
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