McRae Avenue Physiotherapy
Mission, BC    Canada
McRae Avenue Physiotherapy
What is physiotherapy?
What and where is McRae Avenue Physiotherapy Clinic?
What should I know about my health?
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What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are university educated in providing non-invasive treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and muscle-related pathology.

Physiotherapists are licensed in BC by the College of Physical Therapy.

As well as prevention, physiotherapists advise and prescribe treatments and exercises throughout their client's lifespan.

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What does a physiotherapist do?

Expertise in exercise and activity

A physiotherapist can recommend exercises to help you strengthen specific muscles, stretches to lengthen short or tight muscles, and ways to mobilize certain joints. Sprains, strains, ligament tears, and other athletic injuries play an important role in most sports. Because your health is subject to your physical activity your physiotherapist will help you to enhance your mobility and stay in the game without risking more injury.

Assessing your physical needs

During your first visit your physiotherapist will examine your physical condition and will identify your specific needs in order to determine a program of rehabilitation maintenance and to reduce pain.


An ergonomic assessment helps you to determine the most functional position for work, for example, how to sit in front of a computer.

Treatment plan and reeducation

After having assessed your needs your physiotherapist will set goals with you. You will work on your pain or motor problems, and your treatment may include recommended exercises and postural education.

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How do l find a physiotherapist?

 You don't need a doctor's referral to visit a physiotherapist.

To find the clinic closest to you, you can refer to the following:
There are over 2000 physiotherapists licensed to practice in British Columbia.

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What different areas of expertise do physiotherapists have?

Medical acupuncture uses needles at specific points of the body for pain relief and treatment of different physical disorders and systemic conditions.
Animal Physical Therapy
Physiotherapy for animals.

Physiotherapy treats more than a hundred types of joint inflammations from tendonitis to osteoarthritis.

This category covers the healing and prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and lung diseases. Asthma, emphysema, and bronchial conditions, as well as bypass surgery and heart attack recovery are dealt with by physiotherapists through optimizing heart and lung function. It's the branch of physiotherapy that helps people maintain a healthy level of fitness and energy.

Complementary Therapy
Complements traditional physiotherapy treatment through techniques such as Biofeedback, Craniosacral Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Healing Touch, Visceral Mobilization, Hellerwork, and Myofacial Release.

Physiotherapy evaluates and so1ves postural problems and work-related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, and low back pain.

Physiotherapy treats age-related conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis. heart disease, stroke, immobility, and pain, and improve balance.

Physiotherapy treats injury or disease of the hands, arms, or shoulders using exercise, manual therapy, and splinting.

Therapy in water-based environment.

IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation)
A technique using acupuncture needles that is based on scientific knowledge of neurophysiology to release tight bands of muscle. (For more information about IMS please visit Dr. Chan Gunn’s website at

Industrial Health
Physiotherapists assess and treat work-related physical issues and recommend workplace safety techniques and methods of injury prevention.

Physiotherapy treats nervous system conditions and injuries including head and spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson's, and cerebral palsy.

Physiotherapy treats musculoskeletal injuries or pains (muscle, joint and tissue problems) including fractures, back and neck pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, TMJ, amputation, and burns.

Paediatric physiotherapy treats children under 16 with orthopaedic, neurological and respiratory conditions, developmental delays, burns, and conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy.

Palliative Care
Physiotherapy for the terminally ill.

Sports Injury
Physiotherapy treats sprains, ligament tears, and other athletic injuries using techniques including taping, bracing, laser, ultrasound, electrotherapy, sport-specific exercise, and training program development.

Urology / Gynecology
Physiotherapy treats incontinence, bladder and bowel control, constipation, vaginal / rectal pain, or recovery from prostate surgery through muscle reeducation, stimulation, and biofeedback.

Vestibular Rehabilitation
Evaluation and treatment of balance disorder.

Women's Health
Treatment of breast cancer recovery, pre- and post-natal conditions, osteoporosis, and pelvic floor dysfunction.

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A  physiotherapist:
helps you stay mobile

helps you with pain relief and management
helps you  maximize your physical abilities at any age
A partner to get healthier
Physiotherapy is an effective and cost efficient approach to pain relief and the restoration of your mobility and functioning.
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