Services Offered and Associated Fees

Lynne Brochu offers physical therapy service to private patients seeking assistance with any and all musculoskeletal–based conditions. Services include assessment and treatment geared to assisting you in reaching your pain or performance based goals.

For a further description on each of the terms Physical Therapy, Private, and Musculoskeletal, see the drop down menu below.

Service may include the following ISM physical therapy interventions depending on your individual needs and goals:

  • Neuroplastic (brain) training through awareness, imagery, or core cues to encourage an optimal movement pattern to replace your habitual, dysfunctional pattern
  • Joint mobilization and/or manipulation
  • Release techniques including release with awareness, myofascial release, frictioning, or stretch with awareness
  • Visceral (organ) release and dural treatment/ craniosacral therapy
  • Education
  • Self management tools
  • Taping a mal-aligned area for support
  • Prescribing a brace to support a mal-aligned area
  • Optimal movement training specific to your goals whether that be a sport, functional movement, or particular activity

Services do NOT include the following:

  • Use of modalities for treatment (ultrasound, laser, acupuncture, interferential, acutreat, ice, heat etc.)
  • Formal return to work planning
  • Job site visits
  • Functional Ability Evaluations
  • Communication with your insurer or employer
  • Orthotic fabrication
  • Use of physical therapy assistants or exercise therapists
  • Assessment/ treatment of clients sponsored by WCB or SGI

Initial assessments take a maximum of 90 minutes. The fee for the initial assessment is $210.

All follow-up appointments take a maximum of 50 minutes and are a flat fee of $120.

 

Private patients may have access to funding if they have a supplemental health plan through their workplace, spouse, or health plan that was purchased personally. In these cases, receipts can be saved and submitted to the health plan (Blue Cross, Great West Life, Sunlife to name a few) for reimbursement. Each health plan varies in its coverage limit and whether or not a Doctor referral to physical therapy is required for reimbursement. A Doctor’s referral is not required, however, to access physical therapy services.

For patient’s who exceed their allotted coverage limit it is advised that you save receipts and speak to your accountant in regards to potential tax benefits on health related expenses.

Please note cash, e-transfer, and cheque are the only available payment options. 

Please also note there is a $40 fee for a returned cheque in addition to the cost of service owed, so please ensure you have adequate funds in your account.

” Experienced physical therapists have a higher level of knowledge in managing muscle and bone problems than students, physician interns and residents, and all physician specialists except for orthopaedists.” (quote from the Saskatchewan College of Physicals Therapists website)

According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, physical therapy “is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:

  • Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness;
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability;
  • Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions;
  • Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;
  • Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and
  • Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury, or functional decline.”

Further, physical therapy is “anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems” (Canadian Physiotherapy Association, 2012).

The profession of physical therapy has sub-areas of specialty including paediatrics, geriatrics, sports therapy, women’s health, chronic pain management, neurological conditions, cardiorespiratory conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, and oncology, and each sub area can become more and more specialized.

According to the Essential Competency Profile for Physical Therapists in Canada (2009), every physical therapist has a responsibility to commit to and succeed in playing the following roles of being a/an:

  • Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Advocate
  • Scholarly Practitioner, and
  • Professional

Lastly, the Description of Physiotherapy in Canada (2012) states physiotherapy encompasses but is not limited to: assessing patients, analyzing assessment findings, making a diagnosis, planning a treatment strategy, carrying out treatment, continually evaluating health status, educating, consulting, researching, managing service, communicating, advocating, and committing to lifelong learning.

Private patients refers to self-paying customers. Service is NOT offered to WCB, SGI, nor otherwise sponsored patients. Private patients may have access to funding if they have a supplemental health plan through their workplace, spouse, or health plan that was purchased personally. In these cases, receipts can be saved and submitted to the health plan (Blue Cross, Great West Life, Sunlife to name a few) for reimbursement. Each health plan varies in its coverage limit and whether or not a Doctor referral to physical therapy is required for reimbursement.

A Doctor’s referral is not required to access physical therapy services.

For patient’s who exceed their allotted coverage limit it is advised that you save receipts and speak to your accountant in regards to potential tax benefits on health related expenses.

Service is not usually provided to private patients under the age of 10. If you have a particular situation in which you are wondering if ISM treatment can provide some benefit to your child under the age of 10, please inquire.

Musculoskeletal conditions would include a body area experiencing pain, and includes, but is not limited to, sprains, strains, fractures, traumatic injuries, repetitive strain injuries, sports related injuries, or accidents. Musculoskeletal conditions would also include, but is not limited to, balance problems, urogynecological problems, respiratory problems, simply just not feeling right with a certain task, headaches or migraines, tension related problems, as well as common issues such as tendonitis, recurrent back pain, rotator cuff strain, plantar fasciitis, and the like. Many meaningful tasks whether it involve pain, difficulty with an activity, just feeling “off” with a certain activity, or an activity that you desire to do but are fearful to do can be assessed and treated with the ISM principles. Whatever your individual goal is, the ISM can likely help, so please inquire if you have any specific questions.

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