We want you to reach out to Ireland Manual Physiotherapy if you are sore, stiff, slow, weak, off-balance, recovering, apprehensive, or limited in any way. If you want help pushing physical limitations, realizing untapped movement potential, avoiding injury with your activities, promoting your health status, preventing disease, and improving your quality of life, make an appointment to come see us!
Physiotherapists are highly qualified rehabilitation professionals that have a detailed and comprehensive understanding of anatomy, pain science, pathology, and movement! They use their knowledge and skills to ensure that physiotherapy is appropriate for you, and in the case that it isn’t, they will refer you to a more appropriate health care professional. Physiotherapists will use their hands, exercise, modalities, and education to achieve your movement goals. They work collaboratively with you and your team (family physician, specialists, massage therapist, chiropractor, osteopath, dentist, etc.) to make a difference in living an active, healthy, quality life.
Your physiotherapist can help you prepare for surgery, recover from surgery, avoid surgery, reduce your fall risk, keep you moving, reduce and abolish your pain, restore joint mobility, make you stronger, make you straighter, avoid injury, and increase your confidence, among so many other things!
There is such a wide range of conditions that your physiotherapist can help you with. Here are just some:
Physiotherapists are self-regulated, first contact, primary health care professionals, meaning you do not require a referral to attend physiotherapy.
However, if you have private insurance, it may be an eligibility requirement to obtain a doctor’s requisition before costs will be reimbursed. A doctor’s requisition is also recommended if you are attending physiotherapy because of an injury that occurred at work or as a result of a car accident.
Does insurance cover physiotherapy costs?
The short answer is possibly. Each carrier has different plans with different coverage options. We recommend that you call your benefits company and inquire about physiotherapy coverage prior to your first appointment.
Does OHIP cover my physiotherapy costs?
Unfortunately, OHIP does not cover the cost of physiotherapy services at Ireland Manual Physiotherapy.
What will happen at my appointment?
If it is your first time attending the clinic, we will collect information from you and go through some intake and consent forms. You will then have about an hour of one-on-one time with your physiotherapist in a private treatment room where your physiotherapist will compassionately guide you through a conversation about your lifestyle, health and activity routines, stress, nutrition, medication usage, sleep habits, past medical history and details about your injury, among other topics. This will help your physiotherapist get a detailed understanding of your injury or complaint so that he or she can identify the root of the problem and all of the contributing factors. Your physiotherapist will also watch you move and use their hands to feel how freely different areas of your body move as well. Your physiotherapist will remind you that you are always in charge and if there is something you are uncomfortable doing, he or she will provide an alternate option. Your physiotherapist will provide you with information about your injury and areas that need to be addressed to improve your recovery outcomes. He or she will also provide you with strategies to help you help yourself! And, of course, some homework in the form of exercises will be provided. Modalities such as manual therapy, dry needling, acupuncture, taping, and ultrasound, among others, may also be discussed as inclusions to your program of care.
How long does a treatment session take?
When you attend for your initial assessment, plan to be with your physiotherapist for an hour. Subsequent follow-up appointments are usually about thirty minutes, unless otherwise stated.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
Please bring relaxed clothing and non-slip footwear that allows you to be comfortably active. Clothing that allows the injured area to be easily exposed is recommended. Please also feel free to bring any diagnostic tests or imaging and any other information that you feel would be helpful to your physiotherapist.
How long will my recovery be?
Unfortunately, there is no simple formula that will predict your recovery as it is multi-factorial and varies from person to person. However, after you have been assessed, your physiotherapist will be able to make an informed estimate of the time frame that it will take to get you moving better.
How many appointments will I need?
The number of appointments needed varies. After your initial consultation, your physiotherapist will be able to discuss your prognosis. You and your physiotherapist will collaborate on a suitable treatment plan and will be able to approximate how much treatment you will require.
It is our mission at Ireland Manual Physiotherapy to empower our clients with knowledge, skills, and exercise that allow them to be the primary driver of their recovery. We find by taking this approach we are able to get you better with fewer appointments.
If I’ve been referred to another physiotherapy clinic by my doctor, can I come here instead?
Absolutely! It is entirely your right to choose which physiotherapy clinic you attend, regardless of where you are referred or who referred you. Just make sure they are registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.