What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy specializes in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and injuries through an in-depth assessment and individualized treatments.

What can I expect?

On your first appointment, we will conduct an in-depth assessment of your presenting condition, provide treatment and create a tailored treatment plan for your subsequent sessions.

Subsequent sessions will build on the initial assessment with a combination of hands-on treatment, guided progressive exercises, passive modalities (electrotherapy, acupuncture, taping, etc.) and education. These are used to help manage pain, maximize range of motion and strength, and optimize performance and function.

Types of treatment your Physiotherapy session can include:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Acupuncture
  • Functional Dry Needling
  • Cupping
  • Taping
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Thermotherapy & Cryotherapy

Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy specializes in hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue around the body to help reduce muscle tension, relax the mind, decrease pain, promote recovery and improve function.

What can I expect?

On your first appointment, your Massage Therapist will conduct an assessment and work with you to determine the area of focus for your treatment.

Hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue over the area of concern will be performed to support your rehabilitation.

Types of techniques your Massage Therapy session can include:

  • Swedish massage techniques
  • Sports massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Rhythmic mobilization
  • Trigger point therapy and joint play
  • Facial techniques
  • Stretching and resistance exercise techniques

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is a hands-on, non-surgical, drug-free option for alternative medicine that safely and effectively helps to relieve pain and discomfort arising from muscles, bones or joints in order to improve your body’s overall function. It is suitable for people of all ages and physical ability.

Chiropractic care has been scientifically proven to be effective for neck pain, back pain and some types of headaches/migraines; as well as strains and sprains of your shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and any other joint in your body!

Chiropractors complete 8 years of higher education in order to assess, diagnose and treat conditions that are related to the spine, musculoskeletal system and nervous system.

What can I expect?

Chiropractic care at Atlas Physiotherapy & Health will address your health concerns so we can help you get back to living the active, pain-free lifestyle you want.

At your first appointment, we will listen to your concerns and start with a detailed medical history to understand your symptoms and other factors that may be affecting your recovery such as your lifestyle habits, other health conditions and previous injuries.

Afterwards, a physical examination to assess what’s causing your discomfort, how you move and how strong you are will be performed in order to develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your health goals.

A typical treatment plan aims to decrease pain and tension, build strength and flexibility and prevent future injuries. Treatment plans will be customized to suit your comfort level. For subsequent sessions, we will check in with you to see how things are going and make adjustments as needed.

Treatment plans may include one or more of the following:

  • Soft tissue therapy: Similar to a massage, the goal is to relax tight muscles and relieve spasms that may be generating pain.
  • Joint mobilization and adjustments: An adjustment is a hands-on treatment technique with a therapeutic goal to reduce pain and discomfort and increase range of motion. The chiropractor will use their hands to complete the adjustment. You may hear a “pop” which is a release of gas in your joints and is not painful or harmful.
  • Exercises and stretches: Exercises will be prescribed to you as “homework” to do in between treatment sessions in order to restore mobility and strengthen muscles to help you see progress faster!
  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at certain points in your body with the goal of relieving pain, tension and promote overall well-being.
  • Referrals: Referrals to other healthcare practitioners (for example: your family doctor, massage therapists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, naturopaths etc.) as necessary.
  • Advice: Advice as needed for your concern and may include ergonomics, biomechanics, nutrition, physical activity, pain management, stress-relief and/or general health.
  • Other: Don’t see something you’re looking for? Ask us!

Nutritional Counselling

What is Nutritional Counselling?

Nutrition counselling offers evidence-based guidance to promote sustainable healthy eating habits to achieve personalized wellness goals.

What can I expect?

At your first appointment, you will have the opportunity to express your health and nutrition related concerns as well as goals to the Dietitian. The Dietitian will then collect and interpret information relevant to your health and nutrition history, and work with you to develop a personalized action plan to attain your goals. 

At the follow-ups, the Dietitian will meet with you to assess your progress and revise the action plan to help you continuously reach your health and nutrition goals.

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Is Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, and Nutritional Counselling covered by insurance?

Most extended health benefit plans include coverage for Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy, and Nutritional Counselling. However, please verify your coverage details, including if a doctor’s referral is required, with your insurance provider as every plan is unique. Physiotherapy and Registered Massage Therapy may also be covered by your automobile insurance if you have been injured in an automobile accident.

We also accept patients covered through Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) insurance and the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB).

We offer direct billing with most insurance companies.