what is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of physical injuries and movement problems with the use of movement based techniques and exercise.

How is physiotherapy different from Chiropractic or massage?

Chiropractic care is an alternative health care practice which treats pain and other disorders by manipulating the spine and other joints. It is based on the belief that disease is the result of interference with nerve function and adjusting the segments of the spinal column can restore a normal condition.

Massage Therapy is the mobilization of the soft tissues of the body by applying fixed or moveable pressure to the muscles and connective tissues.

Physiotherapy is about the physiology and interaction of all of the body systems including the brain, heart, lungs, nervous tissue, circulatory pathways, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and more. A physiotherapist will assess the physiology related to your condition and develop a custom treatment plan for you which may include mobilization or manipulation of the spine, peripheral joints, and soft tissues as well as other methods to reduce pain and inflammation and promote healing, including custom exercise programs involving stretching, strengthening and stabilizing the body structures to promote health to the whole body.

Is physiotherapy for me?

If you are looking for a treatment that will provide you with positive changes and are ready to take an active role in making those changes happen, physiotherapy treatment at Selkirk Physiotherapy Centre is for you. 

Physiotherapy is active. You must be ready to learn about your body and how your posture and daily activities affect your health as well as be ready to take an active role in healing yourself and preventing further injury. You will be given exercises to do at home between your in-clinic sessions. 

What should I expect at my first session?

Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment. You will need to fill out a few intake forms. If you are a WCB or MPI patient, there will be some questionnaires to complete as well. 

Your physiotherapist will then take a detailed history of your pain or injury followed by a physical assessment to determine your diagnosis. We will need to see the affected area of the body, so bring a tank top, t-shirt or shorts to your session, if applicable. It is sometimes necessary to provoke your symptoms to determine their cause. This can occasionally aggravate your condition temporarily. We will help to relieve any discomfort you experience after the assessment.

If time allows, your first treatment will begin the same day. Plan for approximately one hour.

How many treatments will I need?

Your physiotherapist will tell you how often they recommend you return. It is common to need 1-3 treatments a week at first. As you progress, you will need to see your therapist less frequently. Your therapy sessions will end when your goals are met and can be maintained at home with a custom exercise program. It is common for people to attend physiotherapy treatments for 1-3 months, though it varies from person to person. Plan for 45 minutes to an hour for each subsequent treatment.

What will be required of me between treatments?

You will receive a home program to work on which can include stretches, strengthening, and/or stability exercises. You may be asked to make adjustments to your work station or changes to your daily activities or exercise regime in order to relieve pain and promote healing.

What are the fees for physiotherapy?

Please go to our Fees and Billing page to see our prices.

What form of payment do you accept?

At Selkirk Physiotherapy Centre, we accept payment in the form of cash, cheque, debit, VISA, and Mastercard. Payment is due at the end of each session. We also can direct bill for some insurance plans. Please go to our Fees and Billing page to see which companies we currently direct bill to.

Are these services covered by Manitoba Medical?

Physiotherapy is only covered by Manitoba Medical when performed in a hospital setting. Anyone can attend physiotherapy as an outpatient at one of the hospitals in Manitoba by having your doctor send a referral to the central intake office. Unfortunately, there is often a several month or longer wait time to receive services in a hospital as an outpatient. If you choose this route, you may want to consider an assessment and beginning a home program with a physiotherapist in the community in order to start the healing process.

Are these services covered by Blue Cross or other private insurance companies?

Yes, all forms of physiotherapy are commonly covered by private insurance companies if your plan includes extended health benefits (EHB). Massage therapy and Acupuncture are also commonly covered. You can find out the details of your insurance coverage by calling the number on your insurance card and providing them with your identification numbers. 

Do you bill directly to private insurance companies?

Selkirk Physiotherapy Centre bills directly to Blue Cross, the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). We also direct bill to a number of other private insurance companies. Please go to our Billing page to see which companies we work with.

For Blue Cross direct billing we will need:

Your group and contract numbers on the front of your card. If you are covered under two Blue Cross insurance plans, we will need the information from both cards and can bill appropriately to each.

Please note: You must go through your own insurance plan prior to using that of your spouse.

For WCB direct billing we will need:

Your injury claim #. The name and phone number of your adjudicator are helpful but not required.

For MPI direct billing we will need:

Your injury claim #. The name and phone number of your adjudicator are helpful but not required.