What is Physiotherapy?

The Ontario Physiotherapy Association defines physiotherapy as a “rehabilitation profession with a presence in all health care delivery streams in Ontario: hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, community-based clinics, private practice clinics and primary care networks”. Physiotherapists are regulated in Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).

In Ontario, physiotherapists are licensed to practice by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. There are approximately 7,000 licensed physiotherapists in the Province.

Physiotherapy is a drug-free health care practice. Physiotherapists work in partnership with individuals of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function whether that means working with patients pre and post surgery, helping people come back from illness and chronic disease, injury, industrial and motor vehicle accidents and age related conditions. Physiotherapists also play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention. Physiotherapy is used to treat those who suffer from pain whether in the back or neck, or joint pain such as hips, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows or shoulders.

Physiotherapy has proven to be effective in the “treatment and management of arthritis, diabetes, stroke and traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and a range of respiratory conditions.”  (OPA website, 2013)

Based in Vaughan, Ontario, SPINEgroup’s clinical programs utilize physiotherapists to facilitate those afflicted with various musculoskeletal and chronic diseases with various tools and techniques to optimize function to achieve pain free living.  SPINEgroup now provides OHIP physiotherapy for the Vaughan, Woodbridge, Thornhill, North York, Richmond hill Toronto and GTA communities, for Central LHIN.

Click here to see SPINEgroup brochure.