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Do I need a Doctor’s Referral?

No, you do not require a doctor’s referral to receive our services. Insurance companies, however, sometimes require a doctor’s referral before they will reimburse cost. If you have extended health benefits that cover physiotherapy it is best that you check with your individual provider.


My doctor gave me a referral to another physiotherapy clinic but I would rather come to your clinic. Can I choose what clinic I would like to go to?

Yes. Even though your doctor has suggested another clinic you can make your own decision as long as you are seeing a licensed physiotherapist. All of our physiotherapists at Active Motion physiotherapy are licensed by the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta.


Is physiotherapy covered by Alberta Health Care?

At the present time funding for physiotherapy through Alberta Health Care has been reduced and allocated to only those who have a fracture, are post-surgery, or have low-income. For more information please call us or contact the Calgary Health Region http://www.calgaryhealthregion.ca/


How long will my first appointment be?

Your first physiotherapy session will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour and includes an initial assessment of concerned areas followed by an initial treatment. Each of our clients receives a comprehensive evaluation and examination in a private one-on-one treatment room. When all concerns are recognized and evaluated, a diagnosis is made and our findings are discussed with each client before developing an individualized treatment plan that works for you and your lifestyle.


How long do follow up appointments take?

Follow up treatment sessions vary in treatment duration. The treatment time will depend on the nature of your injury and the treatment plan you and your physiotherapist are working towards. Sessions can be 15 min, 30 min, 45 min, or an hour and you and your physiotherapist will determine what would be most ideal for you.


Do the physiotherapists run on time?

Yes. Our goal is to stay on time so that you can receive treatment during the timeframe you have available.


What do I need to wear for physiotherapy?

Please bring a T-shirt/tank top and shorts depending on where your injury is. This allows the physiotherapist to easily evaluate and treat the affected area. Also, if you are working out in the gym you will want shorts, a T-shirt and a pair of running shoes. For custom foot orthotic assessments please also bring a good selection of footwear that you will want to wear your orthotics in. For example running shoes, work shoes, etc.


Do you have a gym?

Yes, both of our clinics located in fitness facilities. With every massage and physiotherapy session our clients receive a free same-day pass to the facilities.


Does my physiotherapist communicate with my doctor?

Yes, if your physician or other health care professional has referred you to us, we will send progress reports to keep them updated with your progress. If your physiotherapist has a medical concern regarding your care, they will discuss them with you and follow up with your doctor. At Active Motion physiotherapy we pride ourselves on working closely with your team of health care professionals, including coaches and trainers, to ensure the best management of your needs.


Is my medical information kept confidential?

Yes, all of your treatment records and medical information is kept confidential until you have given us permission to communicate with other health care professionals.


How long will I have to come to physiotherapy?

During your initial assessment, you and your physiotherapist will discuss a treatment plan at which time your physiotherapist will recommend a frequency and duration of physiotherapy.


How do you become a physiotherapist?

Entry-level physiotherapy education in Canada takes place in one of thirteen university programs, each affiliated with a faculty of medicine and accredited with the Accreditation Council of Canadian physiotherapy Academic Programs and the (US) Council on Accreditation of physiotherapy Education. The minimum entry-level educational qualification to practice physiotherapy in Canada is a Baccalaureate level degree. Many programs offer post-graduate programs in physiotherapy, rehabilitation or related disciplines at the Master’s level or Doctoral level.

The entry-level educational curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the study of biological sciences (eg. anatomy, physiology, pathology, pathokinesiology); social sciences (eg. psychology, sociology); applied sciences (eg. human development, biomechanics and exercise physiology); clinical sciences (eg. physical and functional pharmacology); scientific inquiry (eg. research, statistics, literature reviews) and professional issues (eg. health policy, ethics, interdisciplinary practice, management).

In addition, professional practice or clinical education is obtained through a minimum of 1,000 hours, in the clinical setting, which begins with entrance into the academic program and continues throughout the curriculum. This clinical education provides opportunities to integrate knowledge, skills and behaviors required for practice and leads to the development of entry-level physiotherapists who act with authority, competence and leadership.

Increasingly, there is a move towards specialization or the development of advanced expertise in one particular area of the profession. This expertise may be gained through post-graduate education, continuing professional development, experience and research.

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