Do I need a doctor’s referral?

A doctor’s referral is not required to access physiotherapy services, though some extended benefit plans may require a physician’s referral for reimbursement. Check with your individual extended benefit plan for details on your coverage. Physiotherapists work with other health care professionals, and if further medical services are required, they will advise a client to seek further medical care.

Is my physiotherapy information kept confidential?

Physiotherapy information is confidential and protected by the Privacy Information and Protection Act (PIPA).

Do my extended medical benefits cover physiotherapy?

Most extended benefit plans have some physiotherapy coverage. Each policy is different, so you will have to check with your plan to review your coverage. Clients are responsible for submitting their receipts to their insurance company for reimbursement.

What treatment am I entitled to after a motor vehicle accident?

If you have suffered a sprain/strain or whiplash type of injury from a motor vehicle accident, your automobile insurance will cover 10-21 treatments in the first 90 days from the date of your accident. Clients are free to choose their physiotherapy provider and are not required to see the clinic their insurance company promotes.

Is there Alberta Health Care funding for physiotherapy?

Alberta Health Services provides limited funding through the Community Rehabilitation Program. Currently, only patients requiring treatment post-fracture, post-surgery, or post-procedure are covered for up to 7 treatments. There is also some low income eligibility (5 visits).

Are you a Workers' Compensation Board provider?

No, we are not a WCB provider.

How do I arrange an appointment?

Physiotherapy appointments can be arranged by calling the clinic at 403-239-3304. Please arrive a few minutes early to fill out a client registration form.

Where are you located?

The Edge Sport Physical Therapy is located on the second floor (Professional Offices) of Dalhousie Station Shopping Centre. Enter through the glass doors to the left of the Medical Clinic on the Indigo Side of the complex. There is ample parking available at no charge in the mall’s parking lot.

What are your hours?

The clinic booking hours are between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM weekdays and 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Saturday mornings.

How long is each treatment session?

The initial assessment and treatment takes approximately one hour.

What if I can’t make my scheduled appointment time?

Please contact the clinic as soon as possible if you cannot make your appointment. We will try rescheduling you at a more convenient time. A cancellation fee may be charged for same day cancellations.

What should I wear?

You should wear comfortable exercise clothing that gives good access to the area being treated, i.e., shorts and runners for lower extremity injuries or tank tops for shoulder problems.

What is pelvic health physiotherapy?

Pelvic health physiotherapy is a specialized area of physiotherapy that looks at the health of your pelvic floor. This includes men and women who are active, whether or not you have had children. If you have had children, through vaginal delivery or caesarean section, you have stressed your pelvic floor. Pelvic physiotherapy allows you specifically assess and treat your pelvic floor, which affects your life. Don’t suffer in silence.

If you are experiencing any of the following, you may benefit from pelvic health physiotherapy:

  • Urinary incontinence (leaking) - it may be common, but is not normal for your body
  • Pelvic pain, with or without low back and abdominal pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Painful intercourse
  • Pain during and after pregnancy
  • Diastasis recti
  • A need for core strengthening

Is it safe to see a pelvic health therapist while pregnant?


What to expect?

A confidential, private, thorough medical history and objective assessment of the pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor affects many part of your body and can either help or hinder different areas, such as your back and your hip. After the external exam, the therapist may complete an internal exam. This is thoroughly discussed in the appointment before an internal exam is consented to. Internal exams are performed while you are draped and lying on your back in a private setting. They allow the therapist to directly assess and treat the pelvic floor; these muscles need to find a balance between strength and mobility in order to support and function properly within your body.

Do I need a referral?

No. You can refer yourself. Some insurance plans may require a referral for reimbursement, but you need to check with your provider.

Why the questionnaires?

The questionnaires allow us to get a baseline of where you are at functionally and what stressors that may exist for your pelvic floor. Filling these out before your appointment gives us a better idea of where to start and how to best progress with treatment. Please make time to complete them (as you feel comfortable) before your appointment so we can start when you come in.

Who should see a pelvic health physiotherapist?

Whether you have had children vaginally or by caesarean, you have stressed your pelvic floor. Your body has been through some amazing changes and your pelvic floor has had to endure increased loading and stress along with it.

Pelvic health physiotherapy is often sought by pregnant and postpartum women, but it may also be beneficial for:

  • Menopausal/ post-menopausal women
  • Athletes (traditionally female) who run and/ or lift and experience symptoms with activity
  • Men who are post prostatectomy
  • If you have any of the symptoms listed earlier

Why pelvic physiotherapy, if I already strengthen my core?

Traditionally the core has been thought to support and protect many movements related to our bodies. Strengthening your core is important. Doing it properly is essential. Like any group of muscles, your pelvic floor may need more than just strengthening, and a way to ensure that your technique is appropriate.

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