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What is physiotherapy?

 Physiotherapy is a recognized regulated health profession that aims to break down the barriers of physical function using patient-centered care and the best evidence for treatment of an array of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions. Physiotherapists in Ontario must have six years of post-secondary education, including a Masters of Physical Therapy, in order to be fully qualified to diagnose and treat a multitude of issues.

 At Kinetics, physiotherapy involves a wide range of treatments for primarily musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions. Kinetics Physiotherapists work alongside the other members of the medical team to provide holistic health care in the hope of addressing and correcting the underlying cause of pain.  Pain is often produced by mechanical problems such as disc lesions, joint arthritis, muscle imbalances etc. Mechanical problems typically get worse or better with walking and/or other movements.

 Why see a physiotherapist?

 Physiotherapists at Kinetics are licensed regulated healthcare practitioners who work with clients to help them achieve their physical goals. They strive to reduce and abolish pain, improve function, promote independence, prevent future problems, and to achieve the best physical condition of each client.

What can I expect from Physiotherapy at Kinetics? 

At Kinetics our physiotherapists will first provide a one-on-one assessment that will usually last approximately 40-45 minutes. This is to insure a good understanding the causes of the problem in order to then effectively treat it using a variety of treatment techniques which can include:

  • Exercises for pain reduction, range of motion and strength and overall reconditioning
  • Education about your condition and the body in general
  • Creation of a home exercise program to self-manage your condition at home
  • Manual therapy including mobilizations, stretches and soft-tissue release
  • McKenzie therapy (please see our information section on this therapy)
  • Modalities to relieve pain such as IFC and TENS, as well as heat and ice treatments
  • Referral to our other Kinetics healthcare providers for Medical input and referral for specific investigations or specialists if needed, custom orthotics and custom and non custom bracing


What specifically is McKenzie Therapy?

 The McKenzie Therapy approach is also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). theIt is a treatment philosophy of active patient involvement and education. It is the most heavily research-supported orthopedic system of classification and treatment, and as such provides extremely effective results.

What to Expect from your Mackenzie Therapist?

 The pivotal role of the MDT system is in teaching suffering individual patients self-management, which effectively puts the healing power into their own hands. Patients will be given therapeutic exercises to perform at home as well as posture correction and education with the aim of resolving the current problem, reducing symptoms and enabling the patient to prevent or self-treat the problem in the future.

 What sets McKenzie Therapy apart from conventional physiotherapy is its systematic approach to assessing and treating. Repeated and sustained therapeutic movements are used to determine the effect of mechanical loading on reported symptoms, which then determines the cause of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms. MDT has been shown in numerous studies to be highly effective for conditions especially involving the spine, and to be a safe treatment method since the patient is always in control of his or her movements.

Conditions That Can Be Resolved with MDT

  • headache
  • neck pain or whiplash
  • rotator cuff tears
  • tennis elbow
  • carpal tunnel
  • rib pain
  • low back pain
  • herniated/bulging discs
  • degenerative disc disease
  • nerve-root irritation
  • SI joint dysfunction
  • sciatica
  • patella-femoral pain syndrome
  • osteoarthritis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • conditions causing numbness, tingling, or pins and needles

(Please note that although the above diagnoses are mostly patho-anatomical, MDT uses a symptom-response approach to classify the problem based on the effect of therapeutic movements on symptoms.)

If you have a new or persistent problem and want an effective solution using the McKenzie approach then please book in with our full time team member Alexi van Vloten, PT Resident.