Physiotherapy Services and Treatments

Physiotherapy is the health care profession that focuses on physical health, mobility and freedom from pain. Physiotherapists, also known as physical therapists, receive specialized education in a variety of sciences –human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), pathology to name a few – so they understand how the body works and how to get you moving again.

Sports Injuries Facial Neuropathy (e.g. Bell’s Palsy)
Low Back Pain & Sciatica Vestibular Dysfunction (e.g. BPPV)
Auto Accident Work Injuries
Neck Pain & Headaches Arthritis
Sprains, Strains & Fractures Neurological Conditions (e.g. Stroke, Brain Injury, Parkinson’s)
Orthopaedic Surgery Rehab TMJ Dysfunction
For more detail on how we treat the above conditions and more, visit our Services and Treatments page.

Physiotherapy benefits everyone, whether living with a chronic illness, recovering from an injury or training for a competition. Physiotherapy helps them all by managing pain, promoting healing, and preventing further injury. In short, physiotherapy gives you your life back!

But physiotherapy is not limited to treating injuries and diseases. Physiotherapy also provides education and advice for health, fitness and injury prevention. A physiotherapy assessment can identify potential problems – areas of tightness, weakness, or imbalance – and correct them before they lead to pain and injury. With an individualized physiotherapy exercise program you can maximize your full potential, whether your goal is to climb a mountain or to conquer a flight of stairs.

Physiotherapy makes use of the body’s natural ability to heal, assisted by natural, drug-free treatments such as exercise, heat, ice, and acupuncture. But physiotherapy is not alternative medicine. Physiotherapists train alongside doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists in the Faculty of Medicine at major Canadian universities. In order to practice physiotherapy in Ontario, candidates must attend at least six years of university, graduate with a Master’s degree, write a national examination, and be licensed by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, which sets and enforces standards of practice to protect the public.

Physiotherapy vs Physiotherapist
Beware the generic use of the term Physiotherapy.   In Ontario, anybody can say they do physiotherapy –   but only a Licensed Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist has the education, qualifications and licensing described above.  Most insurance plans will cover physiotherapy only if it is provided by a Licensed Physiotherapist.

When you see a physiotherapist, he or she will complete an extensive assessment that includes your health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, posture and alignment, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes and sensation. In addition, the physiotherapist examines relevant x-rays, laboratory tests, medical records and surgical notes. Based on this assessment the physiotherapist establishes a diagnosis and works in partnership with you to develop goals and treatment programs.

Physiotherapy treatment can include therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, acupuncture, electro-physical modalities such as ultrasound, and work or sport-specific coaching.

Physiotherapy promotes independence. Physiotherapists emphasize what you can do for yourself, and educate you to prevent future injuries or disability.



What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy?

The terms Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy are completely interchangeable. Physiotherapy originated in Great Britain, and is the term most commonly used in Canada. Physical Therapy is the term commonly used in the United States.

Do I need to see a doctor in order to have physiotherapy?

No. In Ontario you can access a physiotherapist directly; you do not need to see your doctor first. However, some insurance plans require a doctor’s referral before they will reimburse you for the cost of treatment. You may want to check with your insurance company to see if they have this restriction.

Is physiotherapy covered by OHIP?

Mostly No. The only physiotherapy that is covered by OHIP is in hospitals, some homecare services (CCACs) and a few designated community clinics scattered around the province. There are severe restrictions on who is eligible to access these services. In most cases physiotherapy is covered by extended health benefits, auto insurance and workplace insurance (WSIB).

Will the physiotherapist bill my insurance company directly?

Yes and No. On-line billing started with dental and drug plans, and is slow to come onboard for other services. A few insurance companies are currently accepting on-line billing for physiotherapy and gradually more and more are being added. Check with your insurance plan to see if they are accepting on-line billing.