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Physiotherapy in Calgary

Calgary physiotherapist Moustafa Korayem guides a goblet squat

We know that you want to be actively engaged at work, sport and in life. The problem is that injury can make you feel helpless.

We believe you shouldn't have to stop doing what you love and we understand how injury can hold you back, which is why we've helped over 24,000 Calgarians overcome their injuries last year!

With Momentum Health, you will get a diagnosis and effective hands-on treatment plan to overcome your pain in the first visit. Let's build your plan of care and start you moving and living again.

What Types of Treatments/Interventions Does a Physiotherapist with Momentum Health Use?

Exercises - Range of Motion (ROM)
Exercise prescription is the #1 most important tool for injury recovery or prevention. We'll use simple software to keep you on track with the right exercises for your condition. Mobility and Range of Motion is often a starting point.

Ever wondered why you can lift something heavy with minimal pain, but just sleeping on your side hurts your neck? This is a really simplified example, but our physiotherapists will work with you to identify which muscles are inhibited, tight, weak, or a combination of it all. Targeted exercises support you in your goals to return to your original performance level or highest possible function. There will be homework for you!

Calgary Physiotherapist Carlee Anderson explaining the function of a knee

Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft tissue mobilization or therapeutic massage may be a part of your physiotherapy treatment to release tight muscles, relieve pain and reduce swelling.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Functional Dry Needling (FDN) Physiotherapists

If you've had it, you know why this is so popular. Overall, needling seeks to promote a twitch response in a targeted muscle, which prompts a neurological and tissue release. The symtpom relief from needling is often very immediate and impactful. Read a blog post here or you could download a brochure on IMS.

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation is used in some instances to target a stronger twitch response. A current is passed through a short section of the muscle to target just that one area.

Shockwave Therapy
A technology that introduces intense, short energy waves travelling faster than sound into the body to create a healing cascade, the promotion of tissue healing, breakdown of calcification and tissue adhesions, decrease of pain and increase of function. Shockwave is especially beneficial for the following conditions:

  • Plantar fasciitis (with or without heel spur)
  • Tendonitis (Achilles, patella)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Rotator cuff tendonopathy (with or without calcification)
  • Connective tissue pain
  • Lateral Hip pain
  • IT band syndrome
  • Chronic neck and back pain

Infographic on when to see a physiotherapistHeat or Cold Therapy
Cold therapy is effective in minimizing pain and swelling, especially in acute injuries. Applying heat can help improve your blood flow especially at the site of injury, thus, speeding up healing. In addition, it can help soften tight tissues and relieves pain. We'll apply either or both if appropriate (or if you'd like to finish your session with it!), but our main focus is certainly going to be on active rehabilitation and facilitating your healing.

TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a type of electrical stimulation. It is a small battery-powered device that sends low current through the electrodes place on the skin surface. A TENS device does not cause the muscles to contract, but rather helps temporarily relieve pain.

Physiotherapy is a primary care, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving your quality of life by:

  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating physical symptoms and limited movement caused by injury, aging, disability, or other health conditions
  • Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions
  • Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance
  • Teaching you how to restore, maintain and/or maximize movement, reduce pain, and manage any chronic symptoms
  • Teaching you how to stay well, achieve the best quality of life possible and avoid future injury

You should expect a holistic approach from your physiotherapist with hands on care. The most recent research incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.

Other Treatments

The Most Common Physiotherapy Questions We Get about Physiotherapy in Calgary

Q: How long are the appointments? Is it one-on-one physiotherapy?

Our initial physiotherapy assessments are a focused one-on-one 60 minutes. Follow up treatments are 30 minutes.

We collaborate with our kinesiologists to bring you a strong team to guide you through your care, but unless you are in a group class, your visits will be one-on-one with the clinician (physiotherapist or supervised kinesiologist).

Q: Do you have Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

Yes! Most of our locations have Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Q: Do you accept WCB and MVA Claims?

Sure do! Whiplash and concussion can be common after an MVA. We can walk you through the paperwork so you can focus on your physiotherapy rehabilitation for a car collision or accident. Similarly, we will help you if you've had a workplace injury and have (or think you might need) a Worker's Compensation Board claim.

Q: Does Momentum Health provide AHS Funded Physiotherapy?

Yes! Many of our locations currently have a contract. See the locations that provide AHS Funded Physiotherapy here.

Q: What can Physiotherapy do for my concussion?

Quite a lot! We're very fortunate to collaborate with one of the world's foremost researchers and clinicians on Physiotherapy for concussions, Dr. Kathryn Schneider.

Q: I heard from my doctor about the GLA:D Programs. Do you run these?

Absolutely. We have at least one GLA:D practitioner, running a program at one of our locations or virtually throughout the year, so there is ample opportunity to join. Read how a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor can guide you through the GLA:D program for hip and/or knee ostoearthritis or the GLA:D for chronic lower back pain program.

Q: Do you Direct Bill?

Yes! We Direct Bill for most insurance companies. In rare cases, specific plans have certain limitations. Check with your plan adminstrator or HR colleague for details.

You might also benefit from one of our specialized programs:

We can set you up with a free phone consultation if you have specific questions but aren't sure where to start. Ready to book? Call any of our locations to get set up with the right practitioner for you.

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