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Alishah Merchant

10 Years
Experience

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Locations

Rebalance Sports Medicine
110 Yonge Street, 905
Toronto, Ontario
Mon 7:00 am - 10:00 am  
Tue 7:00 am - 10:00 am  
Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 am  
Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 am  

Biography

Alishah Merchant graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2005. She continued on to receive her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from McMaster University in 2007. After a few years of working in orthopedic physiotherapy, Alishah decided to return to school and achieve the highest level of training in orthopaedic manual physiotherapy. In 2010, Alishah successfully completed a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy and achieved the designation as a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Therapy. In addition to her University education, Alishah has taken many post-graduate courses in order to stay up to date with the latest evidence and diversify her clinical skills. She has completed coursework with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and successfully completed the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program. Alishah is also a Stott Pilates trained instructor. Alishah believes that neuromuscular retraining through Pilates exercise is essential to long term benefits of therapy as well as prevention of injuries. More recently, Alishah has been designated as a running expert after completing coursework that focused on assessment and treatment of running injuries. In addition to those mentioned, Alishah has attended courses and seminars on functional strengthening, core strengthening, mobilizations with movement and advanced manual therapy. Alishah enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions ranging from sport injuries to chronic persistent injuries and postural dysfunctions. Alishah’s treatment philosophy involves treating the body holistically and determining the underlying problem causing dysfunction in order to treat the root cause. Alishah also takes a preventative approach to treatment whereby she addresses faulty movement patterns and corrects them early on to prevent future re-injury. Alishah believes that the best approach is to use a combination of manual therapy and acupuncture to treat tissue and joint restrictions and then provide specific exercises to improve flexibility and strength in order to restore normal movement patterns Alishah is a very active member of her profession. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and an active member of their Orthopaedic Division. She is a clinical facilitator with the Univeristy of Toronto Physical Therapy Department and an assistant instructor with the Orthopaedic Division’s manual therapy training program. Additionally, she provides mentorship hours to physiotherapists pursuing their manual therapy designation. Alishah enjoys pilates, yoga, working out and is a self proclaimed foodie. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and her two kids.

Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?

I enjoy treating all types of injuries, movement dysfunctions, aches and pains. Most of my clientele present with orthopaedic conditions including but not limited to issues with the muscles, bones, joints, soft tissues, fascia and the nervous system. I help individuals of all age ranges from sedentary folks, office workers, weekend warriors all the way to professional athletes. I enjoy treating injuries in the neck, upper back, mid back, low back, pelvis, hips, shoulders, elbows, knees and feet (any anything in between). I have a lot of experience treating a wide variety of conditions and I am confident that I will be able to help you improve from your injury too!

What are you proud of in your practice?

I feel proud when I am help my clients achieve their goals. It especially makes me happy when I am able to help clients who have had unsuccessful treatments in the past and who have almost given up on the potential of recovery. In addition to my clinical work, I am proud to be involved in mentoring and teaching physiotherapists of all levels. I am involved in the training of graduates of the University of Toronto Masters of Physiotherapy Program and I am also actively involved in manual therapy training through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

What are the top 3 treatments that you specialize in?

I specialize in manual therapy and I even have my fellowship in manipulative therapy. This is the highest level of training that a physiotherapist can pursue in manual therapy within Canada. I am also trained in the integrated systems model (ISM) approach which enables me to use my manual therapy skills to identify and treat the "driver" or root cause of an injury. I also specialize in Pilates and use Pilates based exercises in my exercise prescription with clients. In addition to many other treatments that I offer, I am very specialized in acupuncture and use this treatment approach very often to help my patients recover from their injuries.

Why should patients choose you as their provider instead of others in the area?

I have a passion for physiotherapy and for helping my clients reach their optimal potential. I enjoy investigating and looking deeper into symptoms in order to determine and tackle the root cause of my patients' complaints. I am committed to finding a solution and helping my clients live a healthy, active and pain free life!

Offered Services 11 Services

Acupuncture Arthritis and Osteoporosis Follow Up Visit Follow Up Visit - 30 Minutes Initial Visit Initial Visit Manual Therapy Shockwave Therapy Soft Tissue Release Sports Injuries Therapeutic Exercise

Acupuncture Arthritis and Osteoporosis Follow Up Visit Follow Up Visit - 30 Minutes Initial Visit Initial Visit Manual Therapy Shockwave Therapy Soft Tissue Release Sports Injuries Therapeutic Exercise

Languages Spoken

English

Most Helpful Reviews (2)

  • Second Physiotherapist
    Reviewed on February 8th, 2016  •  Verified patient
    Alisha's the second Physio I have seen since my surgery and cast was removed 7 weeks ago. I saw the first Physio 10 times and she did not really help me but I have only seen Allisha once and I already feel better with less stiffness and pain associated with my badly fractured wrist. Allisha gave me a lot of hope for a full recovery.
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  • Identified my symptoms when others failed
    Reviewed on November 5th, 2012  •  Verified patient
    Alishah is a great Physiotherapist. She is very knowledge and was able to identify and treat my conditions successfully. I had visited 3 other physiotherapists prior to Alishah and none were able to successfully treat and prevent my conditions from reoccurring. Alishah explained my condition to me and provided me with excersises to help prevent my condition from re-occurring. I would recommend her to all.
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