Etymology: (1903) ancient Greek φύσις, phýsis (nature) and θεραπεία, therapeía, (therapy).
Physiotherapy treats musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory problems through a combination of effective techniques and exercises tailored to each patient.
The role of the physiotherapist includes acute and chronic pain management, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and healthy lifestyle education. Make an appointment with our physiotherapy clinics and get back to fitness
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are at the heart of rehabilitation of a large number of illnesses and injuries. Physiotherapy treatments are suitable for people of all ages. Physiotherapists can therefore work in pediatrics, geriatrics and sports medicine.
Example of conditions treated at CMI Clinics
- Lumbar sprain
- Shoulder sprain
- Sprained wrist
- Knee sprain
- Sprained ankle
- Rotator cuff
- Spinal disc herniation
- Shoulder tendinitis
- Knee tendinitis
- Wrist tendinitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
Physiotherapists can also treat a variety of more specific health conditions such as perineal or vestibular problems, jaw problems (temporomandibular joint) and burns.
All of our physiotherapists are members of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ) and can provide physiotherapy diagnoses and treatment plans related to an injury. It is a profession practiced by health professionals who have completed college and university graduate training.
When and why should you see a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapy is allowed on a direct access basis, which means that you do not need a referral from a physician to see a physiotherapist.
If pain persists for more than a week, make an appointment at a CMI Clinic even before seeing your doctor. After the first meeting, the physiotherapist will share the results of his or her assessment and determine a treatment plan with you. If necessary, the physiotherapist may refer you to a physician or another healthcare professional if he or she feels that your condition requires it.
A physiotherapy consultation is particularly important following a sports injury, road accident, work accident or surgery. You will be advised on how to recover more quickly and supported in the rehabilitation process so that you can return to your work or activities. Our physiotherapy programs aim to increase your chances of recovery and avoid a relapse of the same injury.
What should you expect from a physiotherapy session in our CMI clinics?
The first physiotherapy session consists of an assessment. The physiotherapist will ask you questions to better understand the nature of your injury or pain. He or she will then make you move and with the help of various tests specific to your injury, he or she will be able to identify the cause of your pain.
At the end of the assessment, the physiotherapist will establish a treatment plan to help you recover as quickly as possible. This plan will include different physiotherapy techniques and an exercise program. The whole process is tailored to your injury and is progressive, so that your physical rehabilitation therapist or physiotherapist can heal you and relieve your pain.
Remember to bring comfortable clothing, ideally sportswear, as the physiotherapist will most likely have you move around during the evaluation. Also consider bringing clothing that allows you to expose the painful area. Don’t forget your face mask!
The techniques we use in physiotherapy
The two main tools of a physiotherapist are his or her hands and exercises, regardless of the issue for which you are consulting. The physiotherapist will use his or her hands to properly assess the injured area and part of the treatment will consist of manual techniques.
The physiotherapist will use his or her hands to properly assess the injured area and part of the treatment will involve manual techniques.
The following techniques are frequently used by our physiotherapists:
- Manual therapy
- Myofascial release
- Massage and stretching
- McKenzie Approach
- Massage therapy
- Education and teaching of exercises
- Exercise training
- Needle under the skin
Costs of a physiotherapy treatment
Most group insurance plans reimburse a portion of the treatment costs.
Some insurers such as CNESST, SAAQ and IVAC cover physiotherapy treatments if the injury occurred as a result of a work or road accident or a criminal act. If this is your situation, you must first consult a physician. He or she will fill out the documents required by the insurer.
The cost of a physiotherapy session is not covered by the RAMQ.
Contact us for more information on physiotherapy treatments and insurance coverage.
Physiotherapy can not only help you recover faster, but more importantly, recover fully from most injuries that affect your physical health.
In need of a physiotherapy session?
Make an appointment quickly and let us heal you at one of our CMI Physiotherapy Clinics