Physiotherapy – Calgary SW

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy studies how the body moves, how it’s supposed to move, and what happens when it’s not moving the way it should. Physio is an evidence-based profession - meaning we rely on the best established research when determining the best course of treatment for your specific needs. 

Physio is able to achieve permanent results through the use of therapeutic exercises that make lasting changes to your body. In other words, physio treats the cause and not just the symptoms. If you’re tired of getting only short-term relief from everything you’ve tried and want to take charge of your own health, physio is for you.

Physiotherapy will also decrease your pain and improve your function from the first appointment, through a combination of hands-on techniques (massage, mobilizations, release techniques) and therapeutic modalities including dry needling, electrical modalities (TENS, NMES), and more.

physiotherapy balance training

How is physiotherapy at Prairie Therapy different?

Physiotherapist assessing a shoulder

At Prairie Therapy, our treatments are one-on-one and the therapist sees only one patient at a time. There are no physiotherapy assistants or aides – so your physio is paying 100% of their attention to you for the entire appointment. Each treatment and exercise plan is customized to your specific needs. Because of this, your treatment plan will usually be shorter and require fewer appointments.

We’re experienced and successful in treating acute injuries, chronic/repetitive strain injuries, neck and back pain, arthritis pain, sciatica, vertigo, TMJ dysfunction, MVA/whiplash, concussion, and much more. In addition to in-clinic referral, we also have relationships with sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, chronic pain specialists, and more - so if you need something that our clinic can't offer, we'll get you to the right place.

We want to make sure we're the best choice for you. If you’re not sure, you can book a free meet-and-greet appointment. You can meet one of our physios, ask any questions you have about the process, and see if we’re the right fit for you, obligation-free.

***Please note that we have not sought a contract with WCB (Workers' Compensation Board) and therefore we are unable to assess or treat WCB clients at this time. If you were injured at work and your workplace is WCB eligible, you must seek treatment at a WCB clinic. You can use WCB's tool here to find a clinic.***

Prairie Therapy Physiotherapists

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Russ Gothard

Russ Gothard

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need a Doctor's referral or prescription?

No, you do not need a physician’s referral to see a physiotherapist. Very occasionally your insurance company may request a physician’s referral in order to process your claim.

Will my extended healthcare pay for physio?

Yes, most extended health care providers cover physiotherapy treatments. However, all policies are different - some may cover only a certain percentage of physio and there is usually a maximum limit. We recommend you check your policy or contact your provider to confirm what services are available to you. We can direct bill for physiotherapy with most insurance providers. Contact our team to confirm that we can set up direct billing for you.

Do you treat clients injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs)?

Yes, we treat patients who are in Motor Vehicle Accidents, including cyclists and pedestrians hit by vehicles.

Your physiotherapist can be your primary care provider in the case of an MVA – meaning you do not require a trip to your doctor to get started with your MVA treatment. Your physio is also qualified to screen for any serious complications from an MVA. In that case, they may recommend a visit to the doctor to rule out any serious issues.

If you’re coming in for treatment following an MVA, please bring as much information as you have (claim number, date of the accident, adjuster’s name, phone number and fax number, etc.). 

 For more information on MVAs, visit our MVA page

Can I get my treatment covered by WCB or Alberta Health?

No, at this time Prairie Therapy does not have a contract with WCB or AHS.


Do you treat WCB (Workers' Compensation Board) clients?

At this time we do not have a contract with WCB, and are not planning on applying for one. Therefore we are unable to assess or treat WCB clients.

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