What is Physiotherapy?

After experiencing an accident, injury or illness, people may find it difficult to move or continue with their daily activities.  Physiotherapists are specially trained to assess how the body moves, what may be preventing movement and can diagnose different physical ailments.  Physiotherapists will come up with and carry out a customized treatment plan that will get you moving again.  When necessary, our physiotherapists will collaborate with other health care professionals to get you back to daily life.  

Whip-lash from car accidents, soft tissue injuries, sports injuries, pregnancy-related pain, vertigo and chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis are commonly treated by physiotherapy.  Physiotherapy can often be a successful alternative to more invasive treatment methods such as prescription drugs or surgery.

Physiotherapy focuses on patient education.  Physiotherapists will help a person understand what is affecting their movement, how to get better and prevent future injury.  You will find most clinicians combine manual therapy, patient education, and therapeutic exercise to enhance the recovery of our patients and to return them to function in the shortest time possible.  If your quality of life is affected by mobility issues, physiotherapy can help get you back on track to enjoying your life to the fullest.

Physiotherapy Assessment

Before you can choose the treatment for you, you will need to be assessed.  At our Calgary locations, the assessment is used to help you get comfortable with our team and understand the various treatment options. Your initial visit can be either specific to a symptom or more comprehensive. 

What to Expect

Our physiotherapists start your treatment with a focused evaluation. The evaluation includes:

  • Health history and overall health assessment
  • Physical examination

The physical helps us determine your range of motion, pain levels, strength, sensation awareness, and ability to perform certain functional tasks.

Goal Setting

Once your evaluation is complete and enough information is gathered, you and your physiotherapist will discuss a treatment plan and therapy goals. These goals will be created to help you reach recovery as quickly and safely as possible.

What to Expect After Assessment

When you are assessed by a physiotherapist, we will evaluate your physical problems and provide you with a physical diagnosis. If indicated, you may receive a number of therapies to improve your condition. It is normal to have increase discomfort after your session for up to 48 hours. Most injuries require corrective exercises. In order to achieve maximum results, completion of patient homework is strongly advised.

What to Wear to Your Appointment

During your physical therapy sessions, we ask that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Exercise clothing like sweatpants or shorts and t-shirts are the most appropriate.

Physiotherapy Treatment


Most of our treatment will start by focusing on relieving your symptoms and stabilizing your condition. Using a wide range of interventions, your physiotherapist will hope to facilitate necessary physical changes. As treatment progresses, the focus switches to strengthening and regaining maximum movement and function. Each exercise and strengthening program is tailored to meet your individual goals. Furthermore, you will learn ways to prevent future problems and maintain health.

Treatment Options 

Once an assessment is completed by a Physiotherapist, you will be provided a number of treatment options. Based off your findings, your physiotherapist will educate about the benefits and risk of each intervention. Key to any treatment is establishing patient goals and methods to measure progress.  The physiotherapists at AlbertaPT will always apply Best Evidence Practice.  
Treatment options include:
1. Thermal Agents
2. Electrical Agents
3. Manual Therapy
4. Acupuncture/ Dry Needling/ IMS
5. Graston/ ISTM Technique
6. Class 3B Laser Therapy
7. Corrective Exercise 

Patient Education

In order to help you reach your treatment goals, our physiotherapists teach you strategies to take control of your body and its healing process. Through education, understanding, and participation, you will be able to more quickly, easily, and safely reach your treatment goals. You will receive a home program with flexibility and strengthening techniques.


It’s important to maintain open communication with your physiotherapist. Do not be afraid to ask us questions or voice your concerns during the course of your therapy.

What to Wear to Your Appointment

During your physical therapy sessions, we ask that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Exercise clothing like sweatpants or shorts and t-shirts are the most appropriate.

What You Can Do

When it comes to your treatment, your active participation is essential for successful rehabilitation. AlbertaPT suggests the following guidelines to help you enhance the achievement of your treatment goals:

  • Practice your prescribed home exercise programs
  • Report any significant changes in your symptoms, medications, or functions
  • Show up to all scheduled appointments
  • Arrive on time to all appointments so you can maximize the time with your therapist

Need More Help?

Being in a car accident or experiencing an injury can be overwhelming. Researching information online can be both confusing and frustrating. If you require specific help, please contact our office.