Physiotherapists work with clients of all ages and with a wide range of health conditions. Whether it is pain management and rehabilitation from an acute injury like a sprained ankle, or management of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia or heart disease, a physiotherapist can help. But physiotherapy is not limited to rehabilitation of injury and the effects of disease or disability. A physiotherapist also provides education and advice for health promotion, disease and injury prevention.
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A physiotherapist will assess you using detailed history-taking as well as specific physical tests and measures, such as flexibility or range of motion. He or she will then analyze the assessment findings and use clinical reasoning to establish a diagnosis. Together, you will explore your current abilities and functional needs so the physiotherapist can plan treatments that are consistent with your goals and general health status, and which incorporate approaches and techniques supported by the best evidence available.
The physiotherapy treatment used will depend on what the client needs, client preference and stage of healing. They can include:
- Manual Therapy
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Nerve Mobilization
- Joint Mobilization and manipulation
- Scar Mobilization
- Hot and Cold Therapy
- Interferential Current
- Muscle balancing and postural reeducation exercises
- Spine care education
- Gait Training
- Stretching, Balance and Strengthening exercises
- Client Specific Exercise Programs
- Breathing Retraining
- Taping and K-taping
- Dry Needling / IMS
- IT Band Contracture
- Shockwave Therapy (additional fee)
Referral & Payment
Physiotherapists are direct-access practitioners, meaning patients can visit physiotherapists directly (self-referral) without waiting for a physician referral. Physiotherapy Alberta believes self-referral benefits Albertans by providing them more choice, improved access to care, faster recovery, and reduced healthcare costs. In Alberta, physiotherapists can legally assess and treat without a physician referral.
For many Canadians, health insurance providers cover all cost or a portion of the cost of physiotherapist care. Some extended health insurance plans may require a physician’s referral in order to reimburse you for physiotherapist service, but it’s not usually necessary. Call your health insurance provider to confirm your level of coverage beforehand and to determine whether or not you require a physician referral for reimbursement.
At Achieve Wellness Spa we will provide receipts from our Registered Physical Therapists’; direct billing is also available to:
- Chambers of Commerce Group
- Desjardins Insurance
- First Canadian
- Great West Life
- Industrial Alliance
- Johnson Inc
- Johnston Group Inc
- Manulife Financial
- Maximum Benefit
- Sun Life Financial
- AB Blue Cross
- MB Blue Cross
Please Note: We do not accept WCB client claims. Signal Hill location now accepting MVA claims.