What is Physiotherapy?

According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, “Physiotherapy is the primary health care profession that promotes wellness, mobility, and independent function. Physiotherapists have advanced understanding of how the body moves, what keeps it from moving well, and how to restore mobility.”  Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore the function of multiple body systems. A Physiotherapist is committed to health, lifestyle and improving the quality of life of their patients. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.

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What is a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists (or physical therapists) use professional judgement and techniques based on advanced education, science and research to work with patients to accomplish such goals as being able to walk and move freely after injury, recover mobility after illness or surgery, manage chronic diseases like arthritis and diabetes, and much more. Your physiotherapist will work with you to put together a treatment plan for your condition or injury, so that you can get back to doing the activities you love and living the life you’ve grow accustomed to. Physiotherapists work with clients of all ages and with a wide range of health conditions. Whether it’s just a matter of helping with pain management and rehabilitation, an acute injury like a sprained ankle, or management of chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, a physiotherapist can help. Also, keep in mind physiotherapy is not limited to rehabilitation of injury and the effects of disease or disability. A physiotherapist also provides education and advice for health promotion, disease and injury prevention that will help you maintain your standard of living and mobility after treatment is completed. Physiotherapists keep you moving for life.

How Does it Help?

Physiotherapy is a health care profession designed primarily to improve a person’s mobility. Vancouver physiotherapy (sometimes simply referred to as ‘physio’) is also highly beneficial for people who have recently suffered an injury to their joints or muscles. A physiotherapist is a university trained healthcare professional who will be able to treat a musculoskeletal and/or neuromuscular issue in the body using an integrated method of treatments which broadly include:

  • Soft tissue and manual therapy techniques which include massages, spinal/joint mobilization and manipulation, and acupuncture.
  • Work and occupational re-training and plans for work return.
  • Prescription, fabrication and application of assistive, supportive and protective equipment.
  • Environmental change to provide a focus on removing barriers in order to function.

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Van Sports & Physiotherapy

Address: 625 Howe St #521, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T6

Phone: (604) 661-8878


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  • I've seen Siobhan (physiotherapist) for 6 months, she's excellent! The different injuries I've had in my knee and hip have improved notoriously with the treatment. She's very clear in explaining what is happening with your body (for me education is important so you can manage your injuries properly), giving you a variety of exercises to do at home and answering all your possible questions. I feel very well-cared for and I'm super grateful for such a positive impact on my health. I'd recommend her 100%!

    - Laura

  • Used to see Michael for a running injury - he was fantastic and worked with me diligently to get to the root cause of the problem opposed to quick fixes I've experienced at other physio clinics. Will be visiting the VanSports physiotherapist team again this week for a separate concern. Communication is always fantastic with incredibly quick response times for all inquiries. All team members are friendly, seem down to earth, genuinely interested in helping you and create a relaxed yet professional environment. Side note, the location is great being downtown Vancouver.

    - Claire

  • Mariana was so knowledgeable and caring. I felt so taken care of from start to finish as she was thoughtful in her physiotherapy treatment recommendations. Lee at reception was also super friendly and made my experience enjoyable!

    - Stephanie

  • Mariana is an excellent and professional physiotherapist. The physio clinic is very well located in Vancouver , modern and equipped. Best experience I could have asked for.

    - Gustavo

  • Having spasm for 2 weeks and seeing a couple of physiotherapists and massage therapists, Van Sports was the last and best solution! Mariana did magic! Definitely recommend her and Van sports and will come back again!

    - Mahkia

  • I’m relatively new to Van Sports and physiotherapy but I’m so glad I found Yvonne. The level of care has been fantastic and the clinic is very welcoming. I’d have no hesitation in recommending this amazing Vancouver physio clinic to anyone in need of first class help. Yvonne has given me answers to my knee problems I didn’t know I needed - she’s awesome!

    - Sharon