what is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a primary health care service provided by university educated professionals who specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a variety of injuries, disabilities and movement disorders. Our physiotherapists will help you restore physical function, decrease pain and even elevate sports performance.

A physiotherapy assessment typically includes an evaluation of joint motion, strength, posture, balance, gait and functional movement. Our physiotherapists utilize a variety of techniques such as manual or 'hands-on' techniques, customized exercise prescription, medical acupuncture and various electro-therapeutic modalities. Ultimately, it is our physiotherapists’ goal to improve your overall well being and function

why PhysioWorks physiotherapy?

At PhysioWorks, it is our commitment to be one of Vancouver’s leading providers of physiotherapy. We have taken steps to ensure that our physiotherapists are able to thoroughly assess your injury and develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your goals. We never book more than two clients per hour and each session is dedicated one-on-one time with your physiotherapist. You will gain an understanding of your injury and be given practical strategies to implement to optimize your healing.

We are also one of the few clinics in Kitsilano that offers a dedicated gym space with premium fitness equipment that can be used for rehab all the way to high performance training. Our physiotherapists can functionally demonstrate an exercise program that you can carry out at home or at your local gym. Also, we have a network of health care providers, including onsite massage therapists, whom we work closely with to support you in your rehabilitation. Please refer to our massage therapy and links pages for more info.


Our physiotherapists use manual therapy because it encompasses a variety of "hands-on" techniques aimed at reducing pain and improving the mobility of joints and soft-tissues throughout the body.

Common soft-tissue techniques include: friction massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. Our physiotherapists also perform joint mobilizations, which are gentle, rhythmic movements applied to specific joints to restore their normal motion. In certain cases, joint manipulations may be appropriate. These are only performed by certified physiotherapists and with your consent.

Our physiotherapy sessions commonly involve exercise prescription because it is proven to be a highly effective method for relieving pain and improving function. It is a key component in returning to activity/work, improving sport performance, arthritis and osteoporosis management, pre and post-surgical rehabilitation, and peri-natal care.

With proper exercise prescribed by a physiotherapist you can maximize your movement, prevent re-injury, and fully embrace Vancouver’s healthy lifestyle.

Our physiotherapists are accredited to practice medical acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. It is a combination of traditional Chinese medicine and Western science. Acupuncture is a safe and effective technique involving the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific points in the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Research has proven that acupuncture can act as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce swelling and pain, and promote healing.

All needles are sterilized, single-use needles and are classified as "atraumatic", meaning they do not have a cutting edge and are unlikely to cause bleeding or damage the underlying tissue.

Our physiotherapists can also utilize a variety of electrical modalities such as ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), or muscle stimulation. These machines can supplement your physiotherapy session by stimulating tissue healing, reducing pain and swelling, and restoring normal muscle function.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a needling technique used for treating myofascial pain. It is a treatment system known for treating pain that has become chronic and does not respond well to other therapies. The points are chosen by the certified therapist by conducting a neuropathic assessment. It is a dry needling treatment, meaning that nothing is injected. The needles used are similar to those of acupuncture. The average number of sessions required to create a sustained benefit is 6 sessions at a frequency of once a week.


Private 30 min: $80
Private 45 min: $100
Private 60 min: $135
Full Time Student: $55
MSP Premium assistance: $35
ICBC accepted claims: $40


  • All sessions are one-on-one in private rooms.
  • Initial assessment 45 min $80.
  • Standard subsequent visit length 30 min.
  • Direct billing to extended health insurance available for participating companies. Inquire within.
  • A cancellation fee of half your appointment will be charged if it's cancelled within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment date and time
  • No WCB claims accepted at this time.
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