Athletic therapy is the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal injuries and disorders.
Everyone can benefit from athletic therapy. Athletic Therapists work with a wide range of the population from office workers to high level athletes. All ages and fitness levels are welcome!
While the scope of practice across both disciplines has significant overlap, an athletic therapist is specifically focused on the prevention and care of musculo-skeletal injuries. This includes the prevention, immediate care, rehabilitation and reconditioning of musculo-skeletal injuries. On the other hand, a physiotherapist will often work with other health professionals to support optimal overall health outcomes, particularly improving functional independence and physical performance.
Your first appointment will take 60 minutes. The appointment will begin with a thorough (30 minute) one-on-one injury assessment which will include a review of your history including: activity history, physical area of concern, causes of pain etc. Following the injury assessment an initial treatment plan will developed and you will receive 30 minutes of hands on treatment.
Subsequent treatment sessions can be booked for 30, 45 of 60 minutes. During treatment sessions, multiple treatment techniques may be utilized including, but not limited to:
- Soft Tissue & Myofasical Release
- Joint & Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Lymphatic Drainage
- Exercise prescription/rehabilitation
- Athletic Taping
- Cryotherapy & Heat Therapy
No you do not need a doctor’s referral to receive treatment; however some insurance companies will require a doctor’s referral in order to provide reimbursement.