Frequently Asked Question

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession which sees human movement as central to the health and well-being of individuals. Physiotherapists identify and maximize movement potential through health promotion, preventative healthcare, treatment, rehabilitation, and education. They have advanced understanding of how the body moves, what keeps it from moving well, and how to restore mobility. They are the movement specialists

What to expect at the initial physiotherapy visit?

Your physiotherapist will complete an extensive assessment that may include your health history, evaluation of pain and other sensations, movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes, and cardiorespiratory status. In addition, your physiotherapist examines relevant x-rays, laboratory tests, medical records, and surgical notes. Based on this assessment your physiotherapist establishes a diagnosis and works in partnership with you to develop individualized goals and treatment programs.

How can physiotherapy help me heal?

You can have great influence on your autonomic nervous system and your body core simply through movement. When the autonomic nervous system is engaged it presents “space” for your brain and body to create new possibilities and choices. This is part of the innate healing process and generates more balance for your whole body.

Education is part of understanding what is happening and has proven great results in pain management and retraining movement patterns for people in pain after joint replacement, disc herniations, obesity, and long periods of inactivity after disease or illness. Therapeutic exercise helps you start moving at your ability level and keep moving to improve your body’s functionality.

Do I need a referral from a doctor?

No. Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals, meaning you can go directly to a physiotherapist. You do not require a doctor's referral to see a physiotherapist. Insurance companies, however, sometimes require a doctor's referral before they will reimburse costs. Please inquire with your health insurance company. Both ICBC and WorkSafeBC claims require a doctor’s referral.

Who covers the fee for physiotherapy?

The cost for physiotherapy treatments has been a private fee for the client since 2002, when physiotherapy was delisted from the BC Medical Services Plan.

The private fee may be fully or partly covered by your Extended Health Benefits Plan, so please check your health policy for specific details. For people who are on Premium Assistance (low income assistance), BC Health Insurance will contribute up to $23 per visit for up to 10 visits each calendar year to physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture services, chiropractic, naturopathy, and non-surgical podiatry. Workers Compensation Board (WorkSafeBC) and the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) both provide for physiotherapy services.

How long is a treatment session?

The initial visit is 60 minutes. Subsequent visits vary in time depending on the diagnosis and treatment choice. All treatments are one-on-one with evaluation, education, and treatment

What is the cost of the treatments?

Your initial visit is $85; fees for subsequent visits vary with the amount of time booked.

What about electrotherapy?

No electrotherapy. Electrical modalities do have a place in physiotherapy, but Mieke prefers to work with her hands. Mieke's hands have developed skills in "listening" and "handling" painful tissue during years of working with children and people of all ages who were unable to communicate verbally. Your body will communicate with Mieke’s hands.