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Whats the difference between physiotherapy and physical therapy?

Not just for injury rehab! Physiotherapy can help increase the body's mechanics during exercise decreasing injury risks and increasing goals.



Technically there isn’t one. Physiotherapy is the more commonly accepted term in other English-speaking countries such as Canada, England, and Australia where as “Physical Therapy” is more commonly used in the U.S.

Some will say there is a slight difference in the two where “physiotherapists” tend to utilize more manual therapy techniques vs “physical therapists” primarily using exercise. But as far as I know the philosophy of treatment between these difference regions is far more similar than different.

So now the question is, why does Movement Driven claim to provide “physiotherapy”?

Don’t think too much into it. We are licensed physical therapists offering physical therapy, but we do think the term physiotherapy, better describes what we are able to provide to our clients.

We chose to use the term Physiotherapy in our business name because we want to ensure our clients know that we provide so much more than what the typical physical therapy clinic is able to or chooses to provide their clients.

We offer one-on-one treatment with a Doctor of Physical Therapy focused on you.

You have the ability to contact and speak with your doctor between sessions and even when you no longer NEED our services regularly. We genuinely have your best interest in mind. Our goals is to give you the knowledge and tools to be able to better manage your musculoskeletal health so you can stay active. We know that being active is so important to our health and enhances every system in our body from the nervous system, to the cardiopulmonary system, to endocrine function and so on… movement is medicine and we want nothing more than for your to stay driven and keep moving.

We’ve noticed much of the time the perception is that physical therapy pertains to rehabbing someone post injury. It is imperative to us to express to our prospective clients how we incorporate so much more than just guiding you through a healing process following an acute injury. We believe that there is so much more to what we have to offer our clients than what most think of when they hear ‘physical therapy’. Our current healthcare climate is thirsty for true preventable healthcare options and PTs have the ability to be at the forefront of this movement.

We felt it was important to convey within our business name that we provide our clients long-term improvement in their ability to move addressing both the body and mind and not just fixating on the one small region that happens to be painful.


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