Why Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is one of the allied health professions that, by using mechanical force and movements (bio-mechanics or kinesiology), manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy, remediates impairments and promotes mobility and function. Physical therapy is used to improve a patient’s quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.

What is orthopaedic sports physiotherapy?

Typically this subsection of physiotherapy focuses on injuries to muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones.  Some of the injuries experienced can be classified as sprains, strains, fractures, overuse, ruptures, swelling, contusions and more. The causes of such injuries can vary following an acute or sudden accident or surgery or can be caused by repetitive or overuse injuries.  Some injuries can be chronic and longer lasting such as osteoarthritis or ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Our highly trained physiotherapists have the experience and skills to work with acute and chronic injuries, working with each patient individually creating tailored treatment plans to allow optimization of function, decrease pain and improve independence.

Is Physiotherapy Covered by Insurance?

If you have extended health benefits insurance through your work or a private insurance plan, you should be able to use these benefits for physiotherapy services at PhysioDNA. You do not need a referral for physiotherapy services at our clinic. Occasionally insurance companies may require that you need a physicians referral to claim the treatment for reimbursement.  Our administrative team can provide you with the necessary support and answer any questions you may have.

Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident, is this Something PhysioDNA can Help With?

The Team at PhysioDNA is extremely well equipped to assist with Motor Vehicle Accident, bicycle or motorcycle accident claims.  We work hand in hand with the insurance company to ensure you have the right support through this challenging time.  Refer to our Blog Post on MVA at PhysioDNA for more detailed information on the claims process and how we work with you to get the right care you need as quickly as possible.

Is physiotherapy required before a surgery and after surgery?

A pre-rehab program is a crucial step in establishing a positive training routine before surgery and during recovery for better outcomes. Five reasons to undergo physiotherapy before surgery include:

1. Strengthening muscles before surgery help you return to your routine quicker, and recovery should be smoother.

2. Physiotherapy techniques, especially those incorporating exercise routines, can increase strength and endurance, improving general immunity and making infection less likely.

3. Pre-rehab can help lessen current suffering and the likelihood of severe pain after surgery through approaches like exercise, massage, or cold and heat treatments.

4. Pre-rehab can improve surgery outcomes and even save money if everything goes smoothly. The stronger you are before surgery, the more likely the surgery will be successful.

5. Some patients have found their pre-surgical therapy treatments to be effective enough to cancel their operation. If your health improves significantly after starting physiotherapy, consult your medical team of professionals about future treatment choices and the possibility of avoiding surgery.

Following a successful operation, skilled surgical methods, competent nursing care, and a comprehensive rehabilitation program, Physiotherapy begins in the hospital, when patients are taught how to manage edema, pain, and other complications. Following discharge, a qualified physiotherapist from PhysioDNA can help you achieve your goals and get you back on track. The program begins with a physical assessment of the patient and then identifies the appropriate treatment approach. Postoperative physiotherapy often includes a focus on pain control and tissue healing, with a combination of conditioning exercises, strengthening exercises, and functional rehabilitation. We will collaborate with your surgeon to ensure specific rehabilitation protocol requirements are met.

Some of common types of surgeries that are seen and are treated by our practitioners at PhysioDNA include:

  • Elbow and Wrist – Tendon and ligament repair, injection, and fracture
  • Shoulder- fracture, rotator cuff repair, arthroscopy, decompression, joint repair, injection
  • Hip – Injection, hip replacement, arthroscopy, labral tear
  • Knee – ligament, ACL repair, tendon, cartilage, arthroscopy, knee replacement, injection
  • Ankle & Foot – bunion, fracture, arthroscopy, ligament repair and joint replacement

Everything is dependent on the nature and location of the fracture. Always visit your surgeon or primary care physician to determine whether it is safe to begin physiotherapy. It is important to note that, early intervention prevents complications. Even with simple fractures, physiotherapy may be required to control pain and swelling and to prevent problems associated with immobility. Within a few days of the incident, a safe exercise regimen to avoid deconditioning, strengthen muscles, and reduce stiffness in nearby joints and muscles can begin.

Some of the physiotherapy treatments that can we use at PhysioDNA is Manual therapy, which is a treatment method involving hands-on techniques used to treat acute and chronic conditions, often reducing pain medication use. Other techniques also include joint mobilization, Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM), and Active Release Technique (ART), nerve glides, which improve joint and tissue mobility, blood circulation, tissue healing, and faster recovery.

Manual therapy

Manual therapy employs hands-on techniques to restore joint and soft tissue mobility, enhancing biomechanics and resulting in a healthy body ready for daily activities and competition.

Dry Needling/Acupuncture

Our practitioners at PhysioDNA use dry needling and medical acupuncture in combination with manual therapy and exercise prescription to manage acute and chronic pain. Dry needling clears trigger points in neck and back muscles, while medical acupuncture addresses pain and inflammation from injuries and chronic conditions.

Exercise Therapy

A physiotherapist is an exercise prescription expert to help patients return to their normal life. After completing education and correcting exercises, they assign patient with an exercise program that can be performed independently at home or in a facility to complement the weekly visits in the clinic. Functional independence is the ultimate goal in rehabilitation protocols. Research shows that retraining and strengthening muscles optimize function and support joints, preventing re-injury. Exercise therapy consists of stretching exercises for flexibility and mobility, strengthening exercises for postural alignment, aerobic exercises for conditioning, and coordination and balance exercises for overall health.

Taping and Bracing

During rehabilitation sessions at PhysioDNA, tape or braces can be used to correct biomechanical issues, improving alignment, retraining muscles, enhancing balance, and providing support for acute pain, particularly in the lower back, through improved alignment.

Here are some examples of how taping and bracing can be used to treat many conditions:

Ankle Brace/taping: we commonly see that the ankle is one of the joints are commonly injured where we can use it for lateral ankle sprains, any strains, and ankle instabilities

Back Brace/taping:  braces/taping techniques can be used to treat back issues such as SIJ (Sacroiliac Joint) dysfunction, pregnancy, muscle strains and tightness

Arthritis Brace/taping:  we can use this for knee and ankle osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis

Knee brace/taping: our practitioners can use various taping methods or recommend braces for conditions associated with the knee such as patellofemoral syndrome, shin splints, jumper’s knee, ACL, MCL, LCL, and medial and lateral meniscus injuries.

Elbow brace/taping: at PhysioDNA we can conduct the use of taping techniques and recommend braces for conditions associated with the elbow such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.

Wrist brace/taping: Any conditions associated with the wrist such as strains and sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), arthritis, bone dislocation, and De Quervains.


  • Did You Know?

    Physiotherapists are considered experts in the treatment of musculo-skeletal injuries and possess in-depth knowledge of how the body works and moves.

    They assist people to restore, maintain, and maximize strength, function, movement, and overall well-being. Their role includes the hands-on clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various conditions, injuries, and disabilities.Some examples of conditions treated include back pain, neck pain, knee pain, muscle tension, headaches, sciatica, sports injuries, and joint pain such as whiplash, arthritis, diabetes, spinal cord injury, nerve conditions, post-surgical, etc. Questions? Book a Free 15 minute consultation with our Physiotherapist!

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  • Additional Info

    Prevention: Maintain A Toned Physique.

    Prevention is a key role for Physiotherapists. Physiotherapy promotes toned muscles and most physiotherapy patients find they have gained strength and muscle and lost fat after a few weeks of consistently going to their therapy sessions and performing their home exercises regularly.

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  • Help & Support

    Personal Independence and the pursuit of the perfect posture.

    Injury can easily effect activities of daily living and occupational performance. Pain can be a major barrier inhibiting personal independence, through limitation in movement and function. Would you like to be one of those people who seem to naturally have great posture? Physiotherapy can help you get there. While good posture requires thought and effort at first, over time it gets easier. It also becomes more natural as you strengthen your core muscles, which a physiotherapist can help you do.

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  • What will my physiotherapy appointment look like?

    What will my physiotherapy appointment look like?
    Our skilled therapists will conduct a detailed subjective and physical assessment to evaluate your muscle flexibility and strength, joint mobility, and functional movements to determine how we can help optimize these systems to help you meet your goals. Your therapist may also provide you with some exercises and/or stretches to practice independently at home between sessions to help accelerate your rehabilitation plan and recovery.

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  • What conditions can our physiotherapists help to treat?

    What conditions can our physiotherapists help to treat?

    Common conditions we see in the clinic (not an exhaustive list) include:

    • Headaches
    • Neck pain/stiffness
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Cervical radiculopathy
    • Tennis elbow
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Disc herniation
    • Sciatica
    • IT Band Syndrome
    • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
    • Post-surgical recovery
    • Ankle sprains
    • Plantar fasciitis

    Our physiotherapists are also trained in acupuncture, pelvic health physiotherapy, vestibular rehabilitation , and post-concussion rehabilitation

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  • Suffering from a new injury

    Suffering from a new injury or a chronic one that is leaving you in pain or unable to live an active lifestyle? A Physiotherapist is a key piece to solving these issues. Physiotherapists focus on understanding your body, providing solutions to support alleviating pain and stiffness, assisting with mobility and strength, all while attaining functional goals to allow for an active body. Physiotherapists are experts in analysing posture and common injuries caused by postural dysfunctions that can lead to increased pain and discomfort. Posture can be managed conservatively through understanding your body and what the root cause of the issues may be. Stretching and strengthening can be a huge factor in treating postural conditions.

    Our physiotherapists are experienced in providing treatments that can focus on prevention through stretching, strengthening and stability programs. Depending on what your body needs, a more movement-based approach may be beneficial. The team at PhysioDNA uses multiple treatment styles to get the desired results without the unwanted and harmful risks that some drugs and surgeries can have.

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    No two bodies are made the exact same. Our approach at PhysioDNA is individualised based on your body type, activity level, injury, posture, and goals. We tailor solutions based on your assessment. We work with you to create a plan that targets your body and works with your schedule to get you the results you need.

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    Feel free to come to your appointment wearing clothing that you would feel comfortable moving in.  In most cases if you can bring a t-shirt or shorts (especially if we are looking at your knee or shoulder), it allows for the therapist to be able to access and observe the area better.  Should you feel uncomfortable with this, not a problem, we can work with you to find solutions that you are comfortable with. 

    If you have notes, reports, images that are relevant to your injury from your doctor or specialist please feel free to email then to the clinic ahead of time: clinic@physiodna.com or bring a physical copy to your appointment to allow the therapist to review them.

    Our physiotherapists are all educated with the highest University accreditations, members of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

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