About Physiotherapy2018-08-24T14:08:05+00:00

ABOUT PHYSIOTHERAPY

Physiotherapy is a recognized, evidence-based health profession that plays
a key role in the health of individuals and populations across the care continuum.

Physiotherapy has been proven to be effective in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of acute
and chronic conditions, the prevention of injury and disability, and in promoting health and wellbeing.

Some common conditions where physiotherapy can help:

Heart and lung disease related sequelae


Musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains, strains and fractures


Stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and nerve injury


Cancer related sequelae

Incontinence and pelvic dysfunction


Chronic pain


Pre-operative preparation and post-surgery recovery, for example in joint-replacement


Chronic conditions including diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis

For a full description of physiotherapy in Canada, read the Description of Physiotherapy in Canada 2012.

STRENGTHENING SOCIETY
THROUGH PHYSIOTHERAPY

WHAT IS A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?

Physiotherapists (sometimes known as PTs or physios) work with people in one-on-one or group-based settings. They provide treatment in all health care settings in Ontario including: hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, community-based clinics, schools, private practice clinics and primary care networks. Working with patients,  physiotherapists promote independence and prevent injuries and disability. Physiotherapy treatment can include:

Therapeutic exercises


Manual therapy

Acupuncture and other modalities


Self-management

Ontario’s physiotherapists are university educated health professionals who are registered to practice with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. There are more than 8,000 registered physiotherapists in the province.

PHYSIOTHERAPIST ASSISTANTS

Physiotherapist Assistants (PTAs) are trained to assist in the provision of physiotherapy services under the direction and supervision of a registered physiotherapist. In Ontario many PTAs receive training through college based programs. For a list of PTA programs who are accredited or in the process of being accredited visit the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation of Canada website.

Benefits of Physiotherapy

benefits-icons-01Decrease pain
benefits-icons-02Improve joint mobility
benefits-icons-03Increase strength and coordination
benefits-icons-04Improve cardiorespiratory function

ARTICLES ON THE BENEFITS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY

Read articles from Ontario physiotherapists about their specific practice area or populations that they treat.

PHYSIOTHERAPY AND CHILDREN

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RAISING THE BAR IN PATIENT CARE & OUR PROFESSION

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Whether you are living with a chronic illness, recovering from a work injury or suffering after that weekend hockey game, physiotherapy can improve your quality of life and make a difference in your ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle.

Find out more about how physiotherapy can help with many conditions, including the following:

VALUE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY

Research shows that not only does physiotherapy treatment benefit patients, but it is also a valuable, cost-effective component of the Ontario health care system. Physiotherapy helps promote and achieve efficacy, sustainability and access in the health care system across the province.

THE VALUE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY IN FALLS IN THE FRAIL ELDERLY POPULATION

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THE VALUE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY IN CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)

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THE VALUE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

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THE VALUE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY IN STROKE REHABILITATION

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