How do we work?

We work as a team. Healthfx offers a wealth of experience and our professionals have a strong cohesive work relationship. Together we provide an extraordinary level of care. We choose to keep our office operating as a “low volume” facility so that we can deliver a higher level of services to each patient. Each week we meet as a group in clinical rounds to discuss patient progress and treatment. We also hold weekly professional educational nights where we collaborate on practice standards.

Who are Physiotherapists?

Physiotherapists are university-educated, registered health care professionals with a specialized focus on evaluating and restoring physical function and body performance. Regardless of your level of activity, Physiotherapists can help to identify the causes of injury, decreased function, or disease that may be affecting your performance. Physiotherapists can also offer advice on rehabilitation programs to aid in your return to the activities you enjoy.

How are Manual Physiotherapist different than other Physiotherapists?

At healthfx our Physiotherapists have all graduated in specialized post graduate study and use their hands to diagnosis and treat musculoskeletal dysfunctions. All of our Physiotherapists at healthfx are manual therapists. Manual therapists use their hands to palpate as they perform an orthopaedic assessment of the various body structures ( ie, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, fascia, and neuro tissues) and then apply specific, controlled, hands on treatment techniques to restore soft tissue and joint function. Manual Therapists spend much longer with each client and use few machines to treat. Treatment sessions are 35-40 minutes one on one with the therapist and may be as long as 60 minutes in some cases. This is less common in the industry of sports medicine and requires a model and facility dedicated to this approach. The goal is to maximize treatment efficiency and resolve soft tissue and joint restrictions manually. At the same time as these imbalances are restored, the goal is to support this manual work with corrective exercise, balance and flexibility training, progressive functional movement development in order to reach optimal health.

What is Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy?

Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapists have completed advanced training in Orthopedic Physiotherapy. They have undergone a rigorous examination process and have received their “Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy” and are a “Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy” (FCAMT). A very small percentage of Physiotherapists in Canada have this distinction. This distinction is the highest level of Orthopedic Physiotherapy and requires a dedicated commitmented focus to attain. Our clinic director holds this distinction and all of our Physiotherapists are working to achieve this level.

Do I need a Doctor’s Referral to see a Physiotherapist?

No. All registered Physiotherapists are primary care practitioners, which means that they do not need a physician’s referral to see a patient. To be registered, one must be registered by the Ontario College of Physiotherapists. All Physiotherapists at healthfx are registered, and are therefore qualified to assess and treat any individual without having first seen a physician. Physiotherapists may refer the patient to a physician if they feel a medical opinion is required and healthfx Physiotherapists routinely communicate with patients’ Doctors, Personal Trainers, and Massage Yherapists to ensure the highest quality of care for each.

Is Physiotherapy covered by extended health benefits?

Absolutely. All registered Physiotherapists have a billing number which is recognized by all insurance companies and third party payers. This number is written on your receipt. When you contact your insurance provider they should be able to share the details of your specific plan. Some, but not all, insurance companies require a Doctor’s prescription for Physiotherapy before they will reimburse you. All require paid invoices to demonstrate that they are reimbursing a service. If you have any questions we will be glad to assist you with your insurance.

What are the benefits of Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can make a difference in a person’s ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle. For many senior, disabled or chronically ill individuals, Physiotherapy is the key to restoring and maintaining a level of function that permits an independent lifestyle.

Physiotherapy can help by decreasing pain, improving joint mobility, increasing strength and coordination, and improving cardio-respiratory function. Everyone can benefit from Physiotherapy whether living with a chronic illness, recovering from a work injury, or rehabilitating from a sports injury or suffering from everyday aches and pains. Physiotherapy increases your independence and gives you the freedom to function in your home, workplace, or favourite leisure activity. Physiotherapy offers a range of specialized services to patients with a wide variety of conditions. We can help you recover from an injury or accident,  prevent injury and disease and live a healthier lifestyle. Increasing  joint range of motion, improving flexibility, improving coordination and balance, designing ergonomically correct work and home environments, returning to work after injury, becoming stronger, and staying mobile and active are important aspects of living well.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissues and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain thru soft tissue manipulation. Massage Therapy aims to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function and to relieve pain. Massage Therapy Act 1991. Massage Therapists have completed a 2-4 year, 2200 hour extensive diploma program from a recognized Massage Therapy school. They participate in a quality assurance program that “assists them in the maintenance of high professional standards and quality care of their clients”CMTO, 2003

Are Massage Therapists regulated?

Yes, a Massage Therapist is a regulated health professional, which means that they are regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Only those who have passed their board examinations and who are members of the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario are permitted to use the title Massage Therapist or Registered Massage Therapist and use the letters MT or RMT with their names.

Why Massage Therapy at healthfx?

The Massage Therapist at healthfx is registered and works as an essential member of the professional team of practitioners. The massage has a therapeutic focus and is restorative and corrective. Massage therapy is one of the most efficient ways to prevent injury during periods of high intensity stressful work postures, repetitive strains, and with a high level of physical activity.

Is Massage Therapy covered by Insurance Plans?

Yes, absolutely, most private and workplace insurance policies do provide coverage. All registered Massage Therapists have a billing number which is recognized by all insurance companies and third party payers. This number is written on your receipt. When you contact your insurance provider they should be able to share the details of your specific plan. Some, but not all, insurance companies require a doctor’s prescription for Massage Therapy before they will reimburse you.  All require paid invoices to demonstrate that they are reimbursing a service.  If you have any questions we will be glad to assist you with your insurance.

What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?

Two of the greatest physiological changes produced by massage therapy are an increase in blood circulation and an increase in lymphatic fluid circulation. Consequently, there are several benefits from the increased circulation of these two vital body fluids. The lymphatic system is essentially the immune system, consisting of white cells, killer and T cells, among other guardian and soldier cells. Massage can increase the effectiveness of the immune system by increasing the distribution of lymphatic fluid.

Increased blood circulation will bring about reduction of swelling (edema), faster healing (better delivery of nutrition to cells and removal of cellular debris), lowered heart rate and blood pressure (increased volume of blood), and enhanced overall health (smooth delivery of the body chemical messengers, nutrition and removal of debris to and from all organs).

In the case of injury, either from trauma such as an accident or surgery or repetitive strain such as poor posture, a Massage Therapist can physically stretch your muscles, inhibit muscle spasm, increase range of motion of joints, and help break down scar tissue. A massage therapist is trained to assess and treat most soft tissues in the human body. Once a pattern of muscle dysfunction is assessed and treated, a massage therapist will provide advice and tools such as specific exercises and stretches to lessen or eliminate your soft tissue problem.

Often touted are the psychological benefits of Massage Therapy. Massage Therapy will reduce stress, which in turn will reduce or eliminate the production of stress chemicals in the body. Stress chemicals can be harmful to the body over long periods of time.  Physical touch and massage techniques involving slow, soothing strokes to one’s back or neck can slow a busy, overworked mind and settle or centre a person. Health professionals also recognize the communication of such caring touch as an adjunct to pain relief, whether physical or emotional.

If a person’s physical or emotional health is challenged, massage therapy can produce benefits whether the situation is acute (immediate) or chronic (long standing). Many people also use regular massage therapy as a form of body maintenance, receiving massage faithfully for the continuance of good health.

What is the process of developing an individualized Physiotherapy Exercise Plan?

We begin with a comprehensive biomechanical evaluation of the musculoskeletal system in order to determine your level of physical skill and abilities. We assess your ability to sustain specific postures and stances, we measure your ankle, knee, hip and spinal motion, we evaluate your muscle length and the way this length affects joint mobility and function, and we look for joint and soft tissue imbalances that might impede normal function and that are essential to living a healthier lifestyle.

An exercise training program with a preventative and corrective focus is the best approach towards a better future. In order to live a healthy and active lifestyle, one has to develop their body in the way it moves during daily functional movements. The challenge is to focus on the key components (key clinical and performance indicators) that will improve your physical state rather than take a generalist approach to your training. We have experience and the expertise to assess key clinical and performance indicators and understand the process of development. With this expertise and experience the focus is not on symptomatic treatment and short term relieving strategies, but rather is focused on corrective and physical development strategies. At healthfx we use experiences and methodologies (evaluation, diagnosis, planning, measurement, and follow up) that are known to be successful in the prevention of injury and disease, in the treatment of dysfunction and in the development of optimal physical function.

Laser Therapy and Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is the use of muscle stimulators to help assist in muscle facilitation and or pain modulation. Electrodes are place on muscle motor points and a gentle current passes thru to provide the treatment.

Laser therapy is the use of monochromatic light emission to treat musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions and to heal wounds. The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell function and enhancement of the body’s healing processes. The specific conditions treated well by low intensity laser include repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tear, TMJ, ligament and tendon tears, fractures with associated soft tissue injuries, facet joint syndrome, contusions, discogentic back and neck pain, tendonitis, synovitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. The absorption of photons and transformation of light to biochemical energy is a cumulative effect and requires sufficient stimulation in order to initiate response.  Meditech Bioflex has been producing this technology for 20 years and has an extensive in house clinical lab.

The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell morphology and function. This process also enhances the body’s natural healing propensities.

Low Intensity Laser Therapy does not heat or cut tissue. Unlike many pharmacological treatments that mask pain or only address the symptoms of the disease, Laser Therapy treats the underlying condition or pathology to promote healing. The technology utilizes superiuminous laser diades to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons. These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions, leading to the restoration of normal cell structure and function. The process is curative and therefore results in the elimination of symptoms including pain. In addition, it enhances the body’s immune system response and facilitates natural healing.

The process is curative and therefore results in the elimination of symptoms including pain. In addition, it enhances the body’s immune system response and facilitates natural healing.

The therapy is completely safe and has no adverse side effects.

The technology is highly effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, wound healing and a wide range of dermatological conditions.

What are the effects of Laser Therapy?

Increased production and release of :

  • Endorphins – natural analgesics
  • Cortisol – precursor of cortisone
  • Growth Hormone – instrumental in tissue repair
  • ATP – improves and regulates cellular metabolism

In addition, there is :

  • Increased protein synthesis – collagen, DNA, fibroblasts
  • Venous and lymphatic flow facilitated
  • Increased angiogenesis – elevation of oxygen saturation
  • Enhanced immune response, etc.

These are just some of the many processes that accelerate cellular regeneration

How long does a Laser treatment take?

Treatments are typically 15 minutes to over 1 hour depending on the condition and area being treated

Do you have any literature articles I can review?

The most popular technical/clinical information requested is available on the Meditch Bioflex website under Laser Reports. You may visit the Meditech website research section directly for detailed abstracts, case profiles and articles on a variety of topics relating to the use of low intensity laser therapy in the treatment of various medical conditions.