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Kanata & Stittsville Athletic Therapy

Maximize your athletic performance and recover faster with our expert athletic therapy.

What is Athletic Therapy?

Athletic Therapy is a profession that specializes in Orthopedics or the assessment and treatment of injuries and pain to the joints and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) of the body. There are two components to an athletic therapist’s training – On-field Care and Clinical Care. In this clinic, we offer Clinical Care Athletic Therapy.

What Is The Difference Between Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are trained in a wide scope of practice including Orthopedic clinical work, which you will find at Inertia Physio+, and also hospital based care including cardio-respiratory, neurological, pediatrics, burns and amputees.

Athletic Therapists have a more specialized scope of practice, being trained strictly in Orthopedics, but having two areas of training: clinical, which you will find at Inertia Physio+ and on-field emergency care, such as the “trainers” you see on the sidelines of any professional sport.

Both professions have a Regulated College, which is designed to protect the public. Physiotherapists are part of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Athletic Therapists are part of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.

In an Orthopedic clinical setting such as Inertia Physio+, Physiotherapists and Athletic Therapists function in much the same way. Individual therapist approaches will vary, based on the continuing education taken since graduation and their experience and background in other areas.

Our Physio and Athletic Therapists can treat any pain or dysfunction resulting from: activities, sports, lifestyle, motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, and unknown gradual or sudden onset of pain or dysfunction. After our assessment, if we feel you would benefit from a different type of therapy or believe that further medical intervention is required, we will happily refer you to the appropriate professional.

Another distinguishing factor between Physiotherapy and Athletic Therapy is the coverage available for each in your individual health plan. We encourage you to check your plan to determine what is covered. Typically, Physiotherapy is covered under most plans. Athletic Therapy may also be covered, but sometimes is not. At Inertia Physio+, our Athletic Therapist is also a Kinesiologist, which is another service that may or may not be covered by your plan. If you are an athlete, but your plan does not cover Athletic Therapy, our Physiotherapists would be the best option for you and are also highly skilled and experienced in treating athletic injuries.

Plans that generally do cover Athletic Therapy or Kinesiology include, but are not limited to:

  • Veterans Affairs of Canada
  • Great West Life plans in companies larger than 70 people
  • Hockey Canada
  • OCDSB Elementary teachers
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Insurers

Why Choose Athletic Therapy?

At Inertia Physio, we provide an aggressive therapeutic approach that is designed to minimize your recovery time. In addition to this, we offer in-depth instruction and advice on the use of strength and conditioning following rehabilitative exercises to ensure a smooth transition back to your sport or daily activities. Our therapists are highly trained in working with athletes and active individuals, and you can expect specialized treatment that is tailored to your specific needs. With our help, you can expect to return to your sport and life with improved performance and reduced risk of future injury.

What Type of Conditions Do Athletic Therapists Treat?

  • Ankle and foot injuries
  • Athletic injuries
  • Concussion
  • Dislocations
  • Elbow injuries
  • Headaches
  • Hip and leg injuries
  • Hip dysfunction
  • Industrial injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Muscle or ligament tears
  • Neck pain and/or arm numbness or tingling
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-fracture rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Postural Dysfunction
  • Rib injury
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder impingement and rotator cuff issues
  • SI Joint pain
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Vestibular/vertigo disorders
  • Wrist and hand injuries
  • Any injury and pain of the musculoskeletal system

What Types of Therapies Do Our Athletic Therapists Provide?

  • Kinesio-taping, therapeutic taping, brace fitting etc.
  • Exercise Therapy focused on increasing joint range of motion, muscular flexibility, muscle activation and re-education, muscle strength/power and endurance, balance/proprioception and agility all for the purpose of returning you to a pain and injury-free lifestyle, including life, sport and work as well as increasing functional performance potential.
  • Heat or ice
  • Self-treatment instruction
  • Kinesiology

Manual Therapy, including, but not limited to:

  • Active Isolated Stretching
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Fascial Chain Stretching
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Mulligan Mobilization Techniques
  • Myofascial Release
  • Neural Mobilization
  • PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) Therapist Assisted Stretching Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Strain Counterstrain Technique
  • Traction
  • Trigger Point Release

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Unlike many other physio clinics, you can tell they truly care about helping you.

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I have been seeing Sarah for a few years and she has always put me back "together" from hip replacements, to knee injuries, daily injuries from having a son who is 6ft9 and has Autism.

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My whole family are action sports enthusiasts, mountain bikers, competitive skiers, rugby players etc, so stuff happens!  Sarah has brought us back from numerous injuries, from the minor soft tissue damage to traumatic multiple bone break rehabilitation and everything in between.

Super warming and welcoming atmosphere, every single staff member I came in contact with were so amazing.

Great service and all of needs were addressed phenomenally. Natasha was an amazing physiotherapist. Very attentive and kind. Highly recommend

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