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Physiotherapy Treatment & Rehabilitation Toronto

Physiotherapy in Toronto helps you to regain mobility

Physiomobility provides a range of conventional physiotherapy treatments for orthopedic and sports injuries, pelvic health dysfunctions and conditions as well as providing vestibular rehabilitation in our clinics in CF Shops at Don Mills. As well, we provide orthopaedic and pelvic floor physiotherapy in our clients’ home within a certain area of GTA.

In this page, you will learn about different specialty physiotherapy services that we provide as well as different techniques and modalities we use to treat our patients. You will find answers to many questions that you may have about physiotherapy:

  • Physiotherapy for Orthopedic & Sports Injuries
  • Physiotherapy for Arthritis & Osteoporosis
  • Physiotherapy for Dizziness & Balance Disorders
  • Physiotherapy for Pelvic Health & Incontinence
  • Physiotherapy at Home
  • Physiotherapy techniques used by Physiomobility’s physiotherapy team
  • Modalities used by Physiombility’s physiotherapy team
  • Is physiotherapy covered by Insurance?

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Physiomobility has a team of physiotherapists in Toronto each has advanced training and experience in physiotherapy to treat your pain and injuries. All of our physiotherapists have a Masters degree in Physiotherapy and have participated in extensive post-graduate training in different specialty areas of Physiotherapy. Physiomobility’s vision includes assisting our clients through Injury prevention, treatment/rehabilitation and preventing re-occurrence from employing physiotherapy and rehabilitative exercises.

Physiotherapy treatments in our clinics include a line up of specialty services that are rarely found all in one place. Here’s a summary of our most sought-after therapies:

Orthopaedic & Sports Physiotherapy

Having difficulty getting around? Injuries, surgery, or muscle weakness and imbalance can keep you from performing at your best. At Physiomobility, our approach is both for prevention and rehabilitation.

We’ll create a personalized physiotherapy treatment plan to help you achieve top physical form, whatever your age or activity level. Our physiotherapists use advanced training and skills to assess and treat you with state-of-the-art equipment and evidence-based techniques to ensure ultimate healing. Read more about ORTHOPAEDIC & SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPY

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is applying safe treatments and specific retraining exercises for the pelvic floor. Expecting or new mothers commonly deal with pelvic floor muscle weakness and complications after delivery.

Our Pelvic Health physiotherapist commonly treats pre-natal & post-partum clients as well as women and men with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD), pelvic pain and bowel dysfunction.

Pelvic physiotherapy treatments include:

  • Using external and internal manual techniques to evaluate the function of pelvic floor muscles and teaching appropriate exercises to either strengthen or relax pelvic floor muscles
  • Teaching behavior changes, such as avoiding pushing or straining when urinating and having a bowel movement
  • Teaching how to contract & relax the muscles in the pelvic floor area using manual treatment or Biofeedback therapy
  • Using electrical stimulation
  • Applying muscle activation and pain management techniques after surgery

In addition to internal treatment, a pelvic health physiotherapist will explore and address areas in clients’ daily life that may be contributing to their pain/dysfunction such as diet, voiding patterns, and stress management.

A short list of conditions treated by our physiotherapist include:

  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence
  • Urgency (overactive bladder)
  • Pre-natal care
  • Post-partum care
  • Vaginal prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Bowel conditions (e.g constipation or diarrhea).

Read more about PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY

Vestibular Physiotherapy

When the symptoms of vertigo & dizziness affect the activities of daily living and social life, Vestibular physiotherapy can assist patients to retrain the brain and minimize the effects of dizziness on life. Improving visual focus (gaze stability) and lowering sensitivity to motion, increases confidence and helps the patient to return to normal life and work.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) in Physiomobility is a  comprehensive evidence-based assessment and treatment by physiotherapists with advanced training. We offer services in a dedicated space to our neurological & vestibular treatments. We offer education and exercise programs created just for you. These exercises help the brain learn how to compensate for the impaired or loss of inner ear function. Vestibular exercises are commonly complemented by balance exercises and fall prevention in older adults.

Read more about VESTIBULAR PHYSIOTHERAPY

Physiotherapy for Arthritis & Osteoporosis

Arthritis & osteoporosis treatments commonly include manual therapy, massage, and other pain treatment methods. Sometimes acupuncture & dry needling is used to manage pain and inflammation and to speed up the return to activity. No matter what type of passive treatment is used to make you more comfortable, the main portion of treatment is exercise therapy designed to your level of function when you start your treatment and progressed as you improve. The goal is to teach you how to independently continue these exercises and how to manage your pain. Your treatment will probably start with an assessment and treatment by one of our Physiotherapists and exercise therapists and other practitioners such as acupuncturist and massage therapist may join in to make your recovery success.

Learn more about ARTHRITIS PHYSIOTHERAPY

What does physiotherapy treatment look like?

At Physiomobility, our physiotherapists use a wide range of treatment techniques to regain mobility and strength and get you back to doing what you like to do.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy uses hands-on techniques to restore joint and soft tissue mobility. Limber joints and soft tissues improve the biomechanics of the body. The result is a healthy body ready to return to both everyday activities and competition alike.

Exercise Therapy

Your physiotherapist is an expert in exercise prescription and works closely with Kinesiologists or exercise trainer as part of a team to assist you to get back to your normal life as soon as possible. After a course of education and ensuring that the exercises are performed correctly, your physiotherapist will attempt to gradually discharge you with an exercise program that can be performed independently at home or in an exercise facility. Functional independence is the ultimate goal in many rehabilitation protocols.

An exercise therapy program usually contains:

  • Stretching exercises to improve flexibility and mobility
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Conditioning such as aerobic exercises
  • Coordination and balance

Exercise therapy is commonly used for treating the following conditions:

  • Tendonitis
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
  • Sports Injuries
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Strains
  • Sprains
  • Knee Injuries
  • Chronic Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Ankle fracture
  • Wrist fracture
  • Tibial fracture
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • ACL Injuries
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Postural Dysfunctions
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shin splints
  • Pre and Post Natal Conditions including SIJ instability, low back pain, sciatica, and clogged ducts

Research shows that retraining and strengthening muscles helps to optimize function and support joints, both key to successful rehabilitation. We frequently prescribe exercise to increase

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Proprioception
  • Postural alignment

Exercise therapy rehabilitates you from injury and makes you stronger so you don’t have repeat injuries.

Core Stability Training

The muscles between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor constitute your core. A strong lumbar spine and pelvis support your whole body. In fact, most movement involves the core, so it is an essential part of our orthopedic and physiotherapy treatments.

We also offer specialized treatment for pre- and post-natal patients for a strong core during and after pregnancy.

Alternative Treatments

At Physiomobility, we use therapeutic modalities (devices) to decrease pain and inflammation in the tissues around your injury. Therapies such as IFC (Interferential Current), laser, ultrasound and Shock Wave aid your healing and help to control pain.

Medical Acupuncture & Dry needling

Our physiotherapists commonly use dry needling and medical acupuncture in combination with their manual therapy and exercise prescription and education to manage acute and chronic pain. Dry needling is mostly used to clear trigger points in tight muscles of neck and back. Medical acupuncture uses acupuncture points to address pain and inflammation related to injuries and chronic conditions.

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Taping and Bracing

 We may use tape or braces to correct biomechanical problems during your rehabilitation. This will allow you to work with better alignment and retrain muscles to work correctly. You’ll have better balance, as well as support for acute pain (especially for your lower back).

Education for conditions we treat

We believe in making sure you understand your condition and the key components of your treatment so you can be an active participant in the process of healing. Education also helps you to take better care of yourself after therapy. When you know how to rehabilitate yourself, you can maintain health longer.

Get Back on Your Feet with the help of our physiotherapists in Don Mills. Physiotherapy Come in and visit with our qualified practitioners in Toronto to start your healing journey. Most services are covered by extended health packages and

Our Toronto Physiotherapists commonly use a combination of treatment techniques to treat a variety of conditions. Physiotherapy treatments usually involve using hands-on techniques to regain lost mobility of joints and soft tissue as well as using modalities and exercise therapy. Education on self- management is an integral part of any good physiotherapy treatment program.

What Physiotherapy Modalities You use in Physiomobility?

Physiotherapy treatments typically include a variety of hands-on techniques and modalities and education to treat pain and address promote tissue healing. Therapeutic exercises are one of the most effective components of physiotherapy and rehabilitation program. Depending on the goals of treatment and the level of functional abilities, a physiotherapist prescribes targeted exercises to patients. These exercises are meant to be performed in the clinic and as part of a home exercise program. The exercises are to stretch short muscles, strengthen weak muscles and assist muscles to work together in a coordinated fashion to improve performance and function.

Ultrasound Therapy

Our Toronto Physiotherapists use Ultrasound as a very effective therapeutic modality. There is a difference between diagnostic Ultrasound and Therapeutic Ultrasound. The Ultrasound used by our physiotherapists in North York has a range of 1-3 MHz and unlike diagnostic Ultrasound which has a higher frequency is absorbed by the tissue. Depending on the depth of the targeted tissue and the condition treated, different parameters are chosen and combined to deliver effective treatment.

Physiomobility clinics use modern and state of the art modalities as part of physiotherapy treatments.

Typically, Ultrasound waves are not felt by patients and take between 3-5 minutes. When a very large area is being treated or scar tissue is broken down, this time can be longer.

Conditions treated with ultrasound include:

  • Acute inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Acute ligamentous injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Contusions & Bruises
  • Hematoma (Bleeding inside the muscle)
  • Muscle tightness
  • Scar tissue break down
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis

How does Ultrasound Therapy work?

Ultrasound is used to decrease pain and promote tissue healing by increasing blood flow to the target tissue as well as promote relaxation in tight muscles and breaking down scar tissue.

Read more about ULTRASOUND THERAPY

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is an electrical current produced by a range of devices and is mainly used to stimulate the nervous system to manage acute and chronic pain. The therapeutic current transmits through the skin and is used to block the nerves conveying the pain messages to the brain. When lower frequencies are used, the current stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins (natural pain killers) into the bloodstream. The feeling of the current is not as pleasant as IFC but in recent years, TENS has gained a reputation for a safe modality to manage chronic pain.

How Does TENS Machine Work?

A typical TENS stimulation creates pins and needles like sensation and can last up to 30 minutes. For patients who suffer from chronic pain, a battery-operated TENS unit is a safe modality for home use.

Although the effects of TENS in promoting tissue healing are controversial, TENS is commonly known for a safe modality for managing pain related to:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Labor pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia

Read more about TENS

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Joints are surrounded by muscles and tendons (the tissue that attaches each muscle to the bone), ligaments and capsules each of which plays an important role. Bad posture, whiplash and other orthopedic or sports injuries often cause muscle tension which in turn decreases joint motion. Physiotherapy treatment is only complete when not only joint mobility but the muscle tension is also addressed. Soft tissue mobilization techniques are used to break up scar tissue and soften fibrous muscles, increase the flexibility and decrease restrictions. Our physiotherapists in Toronto also uses soft tissue mobilization techniques to move fluids when swelling or edema is present. Muscles surrounding spine and joints are usually being treated by soft tissue mobilization techniques. Massage therapists and chiropractors also use these techniques to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Sports Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Neck & Back sprains/strains
  • Chronic Soft Tissue Scarring & Adhesions
  • Postoperative scar formation
  • Post-operative pain
  • Rotator cuff Tendonosis
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)
  • Repetitive Strain Disorders
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Ankle pain

Read more about SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION

High Voltage Electrical Stimulation

High voltage electrical stimulation is another form of electrical stimulation used by our Toronto physiotherapists. The application of High Voltage is similar to IFC and TENS. However, due to the specific waveform, it is tolerated better and is commonly used in patients who have increased sensitivity to touch. There is substantial research supporting the use of High Voltage to increase blood flow to extremities. Therefore, there is an application for increasing blood flow to a diabetic limb and the use of High Voltage in wound healing.

  • Chronic pain management
  • Diabetic wound healing
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Foot pain
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Non-infectious skin conditions

Read more about HIGH VOLTAGE STIMULATION

Physiomobility clinics are equipped with a range of modalities to deliver electrical stimulation currents to achieve therapeutic results such as safe pain control, decrease inflammation, improve blood flow and stimulate the body’s natural healing.

Interferential Current Therapy (IFC)

One of the most effective and commonly used electrical stimulation modalities is Interferential current therapy (IFC). It is a safe and effective treatment with no known side effect.

IFC impulses are delivered through the skin into deeper muscles & tissues by electrodes around the injured area of the body. Most treatment sessions last between fifteen to twenty minutes. Patients experience a tingling sensation which is strong but not uncomfortable. Patients describe their experience as pleasant and comforting.

What is IFC used for?

  • Reduce muscle spasms and promote muscle relaxation
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Block pain
  • Stimulate circulation

When lower IFC frequencies are applied, the nervous system releases endorphins (natural pain killers) to the bloodstream which may reduce the need for pain medication. In chronic pain conditions, patients are provided with home units to have more control over their pain and have a better quality of life.

Read more about INTERFERENTIAL CURRENT (IFC)

IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)

Physiotherapists, chiropractors and massage therapists among other health care professionals use their hands to move tissues, break down scar tissues and assist the healing of the injured area. These practitioners commonly use instruments designed to mobilize soft tissue. The technique is referred to as IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) Graston, M2T blade, EDGE, and many other devices are a few examples of IASTM. IASTM is an innovative technique and is used to treat pain and decrease tightness in tense muscles when conventional massage therapy and manual techniques such as Soft Tissue Mobilization and ART are not enough to resolve the condition. Using mobilization tools allows deeper tissue to reach and targeted treatment. When it comes to treating fascia, scar tissue or fibrosis, IASTM is one of the best treatment options. Our physiotherapists commonly use IASTM for treating patellofemoral syndrome (also known as knee Chondromalacia) when the knee cap loses its movement and the cartilage starts to break down. The use of this tool stimulates the regeneration of damaged cartilage and collagen.

IASTM: Manual therapy refers to any treatment technique when a practitioner uses hands-on techniques to treat health conditions and includes different forms of manual techniques such as:

  • Promotes faster recovery
  • Better results and faster recovery by reducing treatment time
  • Is effective in treating stubborn chronic conditions
  • Reduces the need for medications and anti-inflammatory medications
IASTM works well for the following conditions:
  • Strain or sprain to cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Achilles Tendonosis
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndromes
  • Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Finger
  • Adhesions and tightness post-surgery
  • Many More (Just ask us and we are happy to let you know if IASTM may benefit your condition

Read more about ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION

Is physiotherapy covered by Insurance?

At Physiomobility, all physiotherapy services are provided by registered physiotherapists. If you have coverage through work or a private plan for physiotherapy, all or part of your treatments may be covered. We do not need a referral for physiotherapy. Occasionally, insurance payers may need a referral from a physician to reimburse your treatment cost. Our administrative team will assist you with direct billing to your insurance when your plan allows direct billing.

We are a licensed provider for WSIB & FSCO (MVA & Car Accident insurance providers in Ontario), so your physiotherapy treatments for injuries as a result of work or car accident are covered as long as you have an approved claim. Our administrative team is very experienced in dealing with WSIB & MVA and can answer your questions.

you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see us. Though you may need a referral for insurance purposes. With your permission, we will ensure to inform your primary care physician and/or specialist of your treatment program and your progress. Successful recovery requires teamwork and you are the most important member of the team.

 

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