Assessment - The process of obtaining a client’s health history, determining functional status and completing a thorough examination using specific tests and measures to determine whether a physiotherapy intervention is required. Assessment of clients with actual or potential impairments, pain, functional limitations, disabilities or other health-related conditions using history-taking as well as specific tests and measures for screening for the purpose of establishing a diagnosis and monitoring.


Baccalaureate - A bachelor's degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three or four years.


Biomechanical assessment - An assessment of the mechanics of one’s body, especially of the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on the skeletal structure. This allows the therapist to look at the whole body in terms of posture and movement so as to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms.

CPA - Canadian Physiotherapy Association

CPTA - College of Physiotherapists of Alberta



ART - Certified in Active Release Techniques
BA - Bachelor of Arts
BN - Bachelor of Nursing
BScHK - Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics
BScPT - Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
CAFCI - Certified Acupuncturist with Acupuncture Foundation of Canada
CST - Certified in Craniosacral Therapy
FCAMT - Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manual Therapy
MScPT - Masters of Science in Physiotherapy
MSc(SpSci) - Masters of Science in Sports Science.
RMT - Registered Massage Therapist


Diagnosis - Resulting from assessment findings and clinical reasoning to determine abilities, functional needs and potential for change.


Dry Needling - dry needling and dry needles are generic terms in day-to-day language and in some jurisdictions, the terms acupuncture and acupuncture needles are used rather than the term dry needles. Dry needling refers to the use of fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points selected according to the needs of the patient. Dry needles are solid, thin needles that have no ability to inject or withdraw fluid.


Ergonomics - is the application of scientific information concerning objects (eg. desk, chair, etc), systems (eg. tasks being completed) and environment (eg. lighting, floor surface, noise, etc).


Extrinsic treatment - a series of techniques using external, or outside pressure, and manipulation to adapt the tissues of the body.


Evaluation - of health status as a baseline for monitoring or to determine the result, impact or effectiveness of physiotherapy intervention.


Fitness Leader Certification - A certification in exercise science covering areas of advanced exercise programming, postural appraisal, body fat loss, and motivational psychology.


Flexibility - the ability of muscle and other soft tissue to stretch.


Intrinsic treatment - a series of techniques using contraction and relaxation of the target muscles to increase or decrease tone of soft tissues, and improve alignment.


Palpation - physical examination in medical diagnosis by pressure of the hand or fingers to the surface of the body especially to determine condition.


Physiotherapy / Physiotherapy - The heart of the physiotherapy profession is understanding how and why movement and function take place. Physiotherapists are independent and caring health professionals who seek to provide safe, quality client-centered physiotherapy through a commitment to service availability, accessibility and excellence. Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and concerned with the function of multiple body systems and aims to enhance or restore function. Physiotherapy is committed to health, lifestyle, and quality of life. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids. To achieve health goals, physiotherapists adopt state of the art diagnostic and assessment procedures and tools in order to plan, prevent and direct therapeutic courses of intervention. Physiotherapists work in private and public settings providing client interventions as well as management, educational, research and consultation services.


Proprioception - proprioceptive input gives the body information about joint position, motion and any vibration that we may be feeling.


Symptom - is a manifestation of a problem which is noticed by the patient.


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