At Grand River Physiotherapy, there are four founding values upon which we base our daily work:
1. Strive to be the best at what we do.
Each therapist in our clinic has completed or is in the midst of completing their advanced diploma in manual therapy, which is the highest specialty designation that a physiotherapist can achieve in orthopaedics in Canada. After successfully completing the advanced diploma in manual therapy, a physiotherpaist becomes a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT). FCAMPT therapists are a group of skilled physiotherapists with extensive post-graduate education, who have passed an internationally recognized accreditation process.
We are active in teaching post-graduate orthopaedic courses to physiotherapists who are pursuing their orthopaedic specialty. These courses are part of the Orthopaedic Curriculum of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. We also assist with the clinical skills labs at McMaster University, helping the students hone their musculoskeletal assessment and treatment skills.
As part of our commitment to facilitate the advancement of the physiotherapy profession, we mentor physiotherapy students and interns as part of their requirement necessary to complete their Master’s of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy degrees.
We are also actively involved in the co-op educational programme at Centre Wellington District High School, providing an opportunity for high school students to learn about the profession of physiotherapy, and hopefully fostering in these students a keen interest in pursuing a career in physiotherapy.
2. Provide patient-centred care.
One of the most important aspects of care at Grand River Physiotherapy is helping our patients understand the nature of their injury. During the initial visit we take the time to explain what each assessment test means, including interpreting our findings so that patients can clearly understand how their injury will progress. We will outline the components of rehabilitation, including treatment techniques that we will use as well as what our patients should do in order to maximize their progress and facilitate rapid return to pre-injury activities. We have an excellent rapport with our local physicians, which allows us to communicate with them in a very timely manner to discuss any concerns that may arise.
3. Fixing the cause, not just easing the symptoms.
Research has shown that, due to the body’s own healing processes, 90% of musculo-skeletal pain will resolve within eight weeks, regardless of the type of therapy. But what caused the pain in the first place? If there was trauma, what were the effects of the damage on the nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints? If there was a repetitive strain injury, have the soft tissue and joint adaptations been addressed? If the pain began insidiously (“out of nowhere!”), what underlying biomechanical dysfunction (i.e. joint or tissue impairment) exists that gave rise to the pain and still remains untreated?
At Grand River Physiotherapy, we complete a thorough evaluation of how your body moves, assessing all of the possible joints and tissues that may be involved in creating your symptoms. If indicated, this may include treating remote areas (eg. more central joints, including the spine), that may be contributing to the pain. Ultimately, this approach will lead to more permanent independence.
4. Establish a rehabilitative environment that is professional, welcoming and focussed on wellness.
We have created a unique environment that is specifically suited to physiotherapy. A large (600sq.ft) gym/rehab area was designed to include cardiovascular equipment, pulleys, free weights, stairs, balance equipment and a variety of other rehabilitative tools. The many windows brighten the facility, and the heated floors throughout our clinic lend a degree of comfort and quality to the gym and private treatment rooms.