FAQ’s

Physiotherapy treatments aim to help people manage pain and recover from injuries, as well as optimise physical performance. Physiotherapy utilizes a hands-on approach to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of pain and movement dysfunction. A Physiotherapist is a university-trained medical professional with expertise in biomechanics and body movement. It is a regulated primary health care profession.

A doctor’s referral is not required to see a physiotherapist. Some insurance plans may require a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy treatment. You can call us at 905-456-1800 to make an appointment.

Please note that some insurance providers may require a referral from a doctor in order to activate coverage. Check with your insurance provider for details.

We do bill directly to most insurance providers or extended health plans.

Our therapist will assess your condition and work with you to determine an optimal treatment plan to meet your objectives and goals for recovery. This may include a range of therapeutic treatments and exercises. It is therefore best to wear suitable attire, such as shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt or other exercise gear.

An appointment will generally run for 30-40 minutes, but could be extended if required. Most patients should expect to be at the clinic for 40 minutes to 1 hour. To find out more, please call 905-456-1800.

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 19,500 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.

The McKenzie Method is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any such issues, then a MDT assessment may be right for you!

The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body's potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.

If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost- and time-effective manner are to:

  • Accurately understand the patient's presentation and behaviour of symptoms.
  • Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan.
  • Eliminate symptoms and restore full function.
  • Empower the patient to self treat and prevent recurrences.

Yes, we treat a wide variety of neuromuscular/musculoskeletal conditions. Those on the website are just an example of some commonly treated diagnoses.

Your treatment may include:
  • mat-based exercises
  • progressive resistive exercises using bands, weights, or the gym equipment
  • establishment of a custom home exercise program
  • ultrasound, electric stimulation, iontophoresis, moist heat and/or ice to promote healing
  • Once patients have completed their skilled physiotherapy treatments, they have the opportunity to continue their program of strengthening and stretching at our clinic.

The chiropractic adjustment is performed when the doctor uses their hands to impart a short, quick gentle thrust to areas of restricted motion in a spinal or extremity joint. This adjustment releases deep scar tissue and adhesions helping to relax the surrounding muscles. By restoring normal motion and biomechanics, the adjustment reduces pain and spasm, increases range of motion, and improves coordination and performance.

This is a common question, and a very important one. After an injury like a twisted ankle, pulled hamstring or lower back sprain, the inflammatory stage begins and lasts for 24-72 hours. During this time ice is preferred. Typically ice is applied for 10-20 minutes. This cycle is repeated as often as necessary. If you don’t have an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas or corn will do. P.R.I.C.E. a common acronym used after an injury, suggests patients Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress, and Evaluate their injury.

Heat is typically applied to an injured muscle or joint after the inflammatory phase is over. Moist heat is preferred over dry heat, because dry heat (such as a heating pad) may dehydrate your muscles making them less flexible and predisposing them to further injury. Moist heat applications may last up to 20-30 minutes.

Ask us which therapy is best for your injury or condition.

Back pain can be caused by every day things like carrying the kids on your shoulders, cleaning the floors, lifting groceries our of the car, or even lugging around a little extra weight up front (that’s the pendulous abdominal syndrome). It may also be a result of a lifting, bending and twisting, or worse yet, sitting all day at work. Add all of this to a slip and fall or a previous car accident and it’s not difficult to understand why studies show that approximately 80% of Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some time in their life. Many times back pain begins after just bending over to pick up a pencil. Now, it’s not the pencil causing your back pain, but rather your lower back’s structure (meaning the muscles, joints, discs, and vertebrae) has lost its normal functioning.

The most common cause for a true “pinched nerve” is a disc herniation. A herniated disc is sometimes, although not accurately called a slipped disc, and is the most common cause of severe back pain and sciatica. A disc becomes herniated when the jelly doughnut-like inside ruptures out to the point that it “pinches” the nerve. PhysioLogic is successful at treating this condition with numerous conservative treatment options, which will be discussed with you after a diagnosis has been made.

Sciatica is a condition in which lower back pain is accompanied by leg pain. The sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the body, and is comprised of several individual nerves (L4-S3) that originate from the lower back. The sciatic nerve can become irritated or inflamed by lower back joint dysfunction, disc herniation/bulge, or direct pressure on the nerve itself from a muscle (i.e. piriformis). PhysioLogic will find the cause of your sciatica and discuss with you numerous conservative treatment options.

Arthritis is a general term meaning “joint inflammation”. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA). There are several causes for OA, such as a trauma as a child or young, adult, postural imbalance, repetitive stress, and heavy manual labor to name a few. Care Plus Physiotherapy is successful at treating this condition with numerous conservative treatment options.

Pregnancy is extremely hard on the lower back as well as on the neck and shoulders. Examine the spine of an expectant mother from the side and it’s easy to understand why they’re in pain. Due to the increased development of the breast tissue, the shoulders are rounded forward, placing tremendous pressure on the neck and shoulders. The weight of growing child places the lower back in a strenuous position.

The nine months of pregnancy bring many hormonal changes that relax the ligaments stabilizing the lower back and pelvis. As the pelvis rotates down in the front, the muscles of the lower back become short and tight, causing an increase in pressure on the pain sensitive joints of the lower back, producing achy lower back pain. We can help make this special time in a woman’s life as enjoyable as it is meant to be.

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Almost all people experience a headache at some time in their lives. One study estimates that over 50 million people in the US suffer from headaches! Although most headaches do not indicate serious illness, they are a major cause of suffering and missed work, and rank as one of the most common reasons people consult a doctor. The International Headache Society has actually classified 129 different types of headaches! The most common headaches come from the muscles (muscle tension), joints (from the neck, called cervico-genic), blood vessels, (migraines), or systemic conditions (such as fevers or low blood sugar). Care Plus Physiotherapy has had considerable success in relieving the cause of headache pain. If you suffer from headaches, you owe it to yourself and your family to have them evaluated for their cause. The only thing you have to lose is your pain!

Many clients are extremely content with the Massage Therapy Protocol here at Care Plus Physiotehrapy and make comments such as, “This is exactly what I needed,” or “I’ve never had that type of massage,” or “What do you call this type of massage?” And to most of them must be explained that Massage is individual to the practitioner, but we do specialize in a medical-grade Massage with attention to specific muscle groups, and thoroughly work out the kinks. Registered Massage Therapists also have completed the most hands on training and course hours. The standards at Care Plus Physiotherapy are held high in order to ensure client/patient satisfaction. If you would like to book private Full Body massage sessions, please contact our front desk.