Welcome to Ellesmere Markham Physiotherapy Clinic! Whether you want to recover from an injury, reduce symptoms, improve a chronic problem, speed up your return to sport, increase your athletic performance, or simply reduce health risks, the physiotherapists at Ellesmere Markham Physiotherapy Clinic will be there to treat, motivate, and guide you towards your goals. Ellesmere Markham Physiotherapy is conveniently located in the heart of Scarborough, and easily accessible by TTC. It is part of a larger medical clinic called the Ellesmere Markham Health Care Centre, which has six family physicians, physician specialists, a chiropractor, an urgent care centre, and an on-site pharmacy. The sooner physiotherapy begins, the quicker the recovery. Physiotherapy helps to relieve your symptoms and resolve your injury as quickly as possible. From sports injuries to every day physical pmmnroblems such as shoulder or back injuries, our physiotherapists can help. We believe that manual or "hands-on" therapy, be it a soft tissue stretch or a joint mobilization, in conjunction with a graduated exercise program, are both vital components of treatment. Continuous monitoring and exercise progressions will allow you to achieve above and beyond what you ever thought capable. Our professionally trained and registered physiotherapists recognize that each patient has unique injuries and requires an individualized treatment plan. Our physiotherapists have advanced training in manual therapy and continually upgrade their skills to stay current with advances in medical research. The physiotherapists at Ellesmere Markham Physiotherapy understand the importance of communication among patients' health care providers, and keep each patient's family doctor up to date with their treatment and progress. We provide patient-centred, evidence-based care and focus on open communication within the health care team. Our primary focus is to restore function and improve your quality of life through caring, skilful and personalized applications of exemplary physiotherapy services for clients of all ages. What is Physiotherapy? Physiotherapy is a health care profession that focuses on the treatment and prevention of physical injury and disease. Physiotherapists have completed a physiotherapy program at an accredited university, have been licensed by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and must maintain their clinical skills through post-graduate courses on an ongoing basis. At your first visit, a physiotherapist will perform an assessment to determine the cause of injury and design a personalized treatment plan to restore function. This treatment plan may include manual therapy techniques to mobilize the joints and soft tissues, massage therapy to release the myofascial tissue, electrotherapeutic modalities to control inflammation and pain, and individualized exercise prescriptions to stretch and strengthen musculoskeletal structures. There is also an education component to physiotherapy that will address posture, body mechanics, ergonomics, work habits, pathology, injury prevention and return to work or sport. Other techniques often employed by physiotherapists include acupuncture, orthotic prescription, and bracing or taping. Some common conditions we treat are: joint sprains, muscle/tendon strains, low back pain/sciatica, rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, arthritic conditions, Whiplash and other neck pains, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and workplace injuries. What is Chiropody? The practice of Chiropody is the assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of diseases or disorders of the foot by therapeutic, orthotic and palliative means. Chiropody is practiced by qualified, regulated practitioners who have undergone government established and recognized programs and examinations. Only those who are registered by the Ontario College Of Chiropodists are licensed to practice as Chiropodists or Podiatrists. Physicians as well as other health care professionals often refer their patients for consultation. A referral to a Chiropodist from a physician is not required. Some common conditions treated are: bony foot deformities, subcutaneous lesions, corns / calluses / warts, nail conditions (ingrown; thickened; fungal infections), biomechanical dysfunctions, and orthotics and footwear therapy. What is Chiropractic? Chiropractic is a form of rehabilitative therapy that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including, but not limited to the spine, pelvis, extremity joints, and their effect on the nervous system. The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues; treatment also includes exercises prescription and education. Chiropractic is a regulated health profession recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. Canadian chiropractors undergo an intensive four-year, full-time course of study following three years of university before qualifying to undertake national examinations and become licensed to practice. Some common conditions treated are: Pinched nerves, sciatica, sprains and strains, scoliosis, headaches, Carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, Motor vehicle accidents, and Workplace injuries.