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Physiotherapy in Cochrane

At West Valley Chiropractic, we believe in a holistic approach to your well-being. Physiotherapy and chiropractic care, while overlapping in some aspects, serve distinct purposes, each bringing unique benefits to your health.

A Different Focus

Chiropractic care primarily focuses on spinal health and its impact on the nervous system, influencing overall well-being. Physiotherapy offers targeted tissue care and broadens the scope by addressing specific areas such as shoulders, feet, and knees. We conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify problem areas, encompassing factors like range of motion and strength.

The synergy between physiotherapy and chiropractic care is undeniable. Chiropractic adjustments align the spine, optimizing nerve function, while physiotherapy complements the care with personalized exercises and tissue-specific care.

Healing for You

Our goal is to alleviate pain and enhance your long-term wellness. We employ various techniques and modalities, including soft tissue work, dry needling, and advanced modalities like Class 3B laser and shockwave therapy.

We don’t just want to make you feel better temporarily; we aim for lasting results. We provide tailored exercises, strengthening programs, and balance training to prevent future injuries.

What to Expect

Patients don’t need to do much to prepare for an appointment. Wear appropriate clothing, be ready to discuss your injury, and if you have any relevant medical documents, such as X-rays or MRIs, feel free to bring them along.

Our therapist can aid in various conditions, including

  • Bursitis
  • Chronic myofascial pain
  • Concussion
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Low back pain
  • Motor vehicle collision injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendonitis (e.g., Achilles, rotator cuff)

Remember that earlier is often better if you’re uncertain when to seek care. A simple assessment may prevent minor issues from becoming chronic. Our approach is flexible, and we’ll guide you on the necessary frequency of visits.

Physiotherapy and chiropractic care are usually covered by insurance. Our knowledgeable front desk staff will help verify your coverage and handle billing efficiently.


How long does it typically take to see results with physiotherapy?

Results can vary, but generally, positive changes can be noticed in pain within the first session; it may take four to six weeks for more noticeable results. The frequency of treatment is usually one to two times a week during this period, depending on the injury.

Do patients receive home exercises to complement their physio care?

Yes, patients are provided with home exercises tailored to their condition. These exercises may include mobility work, stretching, strengthening, and, in some cases, neural gliding or specific exercises for joint alignment and stability.

What should I expect during my first session and subsequent visits?

The initial session involves a comprehensive assessment with Brooke, our physiotherapist. She’ll ask questions about the injury, lifestyle, and activities affected by pain. We’ll also look at how you move, what your balance looks like, and how strong the different muscles are around the area for which you’re seeking care. Neurological exams may be given (such as testing your reflexes) to ensure that your nerves are conducting properly to the affected areas.

Brooke will have a chat with you about what she thinks is going on and what the treatment plan she proposes looks like, including how often you’ll need to come in and what therapies are recommended. You will also receive some treatment such as laser therapy or shockwave therapy.

Subsequent visits include check-ins, adjustments to the treatment plan, hands-on work, modalities such as the laser or shockwave, and possibly progressing home exercises.

Can physiotherapy help with chronic pain management?

Absolutely. Chronic pain management involves education, activity guidance, and low-grade exercises to gradually increase activity tolerance. The focus is on empowering individuals to manage their pain and engage in daily activities without fear.

Do you accept insurance for physiotherapy services?

Yes, insurance is accepted, and patients usually don’t need a doctor’s referral. Most major insurance providers are accommodated, and individuals can check for co-pays or coverage details in advance.

When should someone seek physiotherapy for pain?

If your pain lasts for more than a few weeks, we recommend you come in for physiotherapy. Earlier intervention often yields better results, preventing the progression to chronic pain and facilitating a more effective care plan.

Are there additional services like dry needling and cupping available?

Yes, our practice offers complementary services such as dry needling and cupping to enhance our approach to each patient’s care. These may be incorporated into a patient’s care plan, based on their specific needs and goals.

Is there coordination with other healthcare providers in the practice?

Yes, while physiotherapy assessments differ, collaboration occurs within the practice. Communication between physiotherapists and our other healthcare providers ensures a cohesive approach to patient care, with shared insights and recommendations.

Quality Care for Optimal Health

At West Valley Chiropractic, we offer comprehensive care focusing on combining chiropractic adjustments and physiotherapy for your ultimate well-being. Whether recovering from an injury or striving for optimal health, we’re here to help you. Contact us today to experience the benefits of physiotherapy.



Physiotherapy Cochrane AB | (403) 851-8868