Choosing a physiotherapist can be difficult. What do you look for? Education, techniques, and personality traits are all important to find the right fit.
Qualifications & Accreditation
Physiotherapists are required to pass the national Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) in order to practice in Canada. They must also be a university graduate of an accredited physiotherapy program. Physiotherapists are required to register with the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) and are often also registered with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) in Canada.
Most physiotherapists partake in continuing education. Finding a physiotherapist who is qualified to treat your specific conditions is a good idea. There are many courses and additional certifications like Sports First Aid and Athletic Taping, and Acupuncture. Physiotherapists can also be trained in specialties like pelvic floor rehabilitation, pregnancy related issues, and Orthopaedics. If you have a specific issue like incontinence or prolapse after having a child, look for a physiotherapist who is trained specifically in that area (like our very own Anniken Chadwick).
Physiotherapy involves many different treatment methods and equipment. A wide variety of treatment types provide a better opportunity for healing. In addition to the standard hands on manipulation, treatment methods include massage, acupuncture, electrical therapy, and the addition of other exercises like yoga or Pilates. Physiotherapy works best in combination with other therapies to speed your healing process. Try looking for physiotherapists who are qualified to treat with multiple methods. At Form Body Lab, our Physiotherapists have a variety of specialty training like acupuncture, Pilates, pelvic floor rehabilitation, dance specific treatment, and more!
Personality is an important factor in choosing your physiotherapist. It is important you are comfortable with your therapist. The process involves an in-depth history to determine causes of problems. It also involves hands on manipulation of your body. Look for a physiotherapist that you feel relaxed with and who you feel you can trust.
A clinic’s atmosphere plays a large part in how comfortable you are with your treatment. Some clinics are large open rooms with multiple practitioners and patients in the same area. These clinics have more of a gym-like feel. Other clinics, like Form Body Lab, have private treatment rooms and have a spa-like ambiance. Choose a clinic that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed to get the most out of your treatment.