BALANCE PHYSIOTHERAPY - UPDATE
Updated May 7, 2020
In keeping with public health directives, and in an effort to protect the health of our clients, our staff, and our country's front line health care workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, Balance Physiotherapy has been temporarily closed since March 14, 2020.
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?
Our Registered Physiotherapists are continuing to provide physiotherapy services to current and new clients via tele-health services, and we are providing emergency in-person therapy as needed, in keeping with our professional college and public health regulations. To access physiotherapy services during this time, simply send an email to , leave a voicemail at 416-386-0384, or contact your therapist directly if you are an existing or past client.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We are also busy preparing the clinic for our eventual re-opening. We are so fortunate at a time like this to have such a large clinic space, with 8 private treatment rooms, two gyms, two separate entrances, a private pool room, and plenty of space between treatment rooms for individual waiting areas. We are installing sneeze shields at the front desk, stocking up on PPE, and revamping our sanitation procedures to ensure that when the time comes, we are ready to resume our high quality therapy services while keeping our clients and staff safe. We will start using our second entrance at the side of the clinic, for clients whose appointments take place in rooms 6-8 and in the smaller gym. Furthermore, we will be changing the way we do our scheduling, staggering appointment times in order to further minimize contact between clients.
We can't wait to re-open and see our past, present and future clients in person once again! Things will be a bit different, but the high quality Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy and Registered Massage Therapy services we provide will be the same.
Until then, we wish everyone health and safety.
The Balance Physiotherapy Team
Welcome to Balance Physiotherapy. Since 2004, we have been dedicated to providing high quality, personalized and cost-efficient therapy services to our clients. Our team of health care providers has extensive experience treating a variety of neurological and orthopaedic conditions caused by motor vehicle accidents, illness, workplace accidents and sports injuries.
Our experienced team includes:
Registered Massage Therapists
At Balance Physiotherapy, our mission is simple - to help clients enhance their quality of life by maximizing
independent functioning and minimizing pain.
Our team of professionals has extensive experience assessing and treating a wide variety of conditions including:
Spinal cord injuries
Other neurological conditions
Complex orthopedic injuries
At Balance Physiotherapy, we’re dedicated to providing high-quality, personalized care to our clients. We pride ourselves on our reputation for providing effective, highly knowledgable, empathetic and caring therapists. Our staff regularly attend conferences and courses, both locally and abroad, in order to improve their skills and knowledge. We communicate closely with every client's health care team to ensure that care is coordinated and seamless.
Get in touch with us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.
Our physiotherapists are highly experienced in the assessment and management of complex neurological and orthopaedic injuries, illnesses and conditions. Therapy is provided one on one, in a private treatment room, and active therapy is a part of every program, carried out in one of our two clinic gyms. Our therapists will use the approach and techniques most applicable to their client's needs, which may include hydrotherapy in our clinic pool, or acupuncture for pain management. Each of our physiotherapists has their own area of special expertise, and our therapist work closely together and cross-refer to each other when needed, so that clients receive the best of care from our entire team.
Hydrotherapy is an excellent approach for clients with mobility issues, chronic pain, post-operative impairments, and other conditions. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for gait re-education in a gravity-reduced environment. Our in-clinic pool is kept at 95F and is fully accessible via either stairs or a ceiling lift. Our Physiotherapy Assistant Heather Densmore is one of only a handful of certified Watsu® practitioners in Canada. Watsu® is a form of gentle therapy which combines the principles of Shiatsu, massage, joint mobilization and stretching, and we have been thrilled to witness the remarkable effects it has had on our clients, most notably those with complex and chronic pain. Contact us to learn more, and to schedule an initial assessment with one of our physiotherapists.
REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY
At Balance Physiotherapy, many of our clients benefit from massage therapy with one of our three experienced and skilled RMTs, either in isolation or in tandem with an active therapy program. For neurological and complex orthopedic injuries, massage therapy can be used to decrease tone and spasticity, improve soft tissue extensibility and range of motion, stimulate lymphatic drainage and blood circulation in order to reduce edema and swelling, decrease pain, ease stiffness, and support and bolster the achievement of the client's complementary treatment goals.
At Balance Physiotherapy, we use acupuncture to treat the impairments and sequelae of various neurological conditions and orthopaedic-based injuries. Our physiotherapists use acupuncture, when appropriate, as part of a multi-faceted approach to care. The insertion points are carefully chosen based on the goal of the treatment, medical history, and comfort level. Our practicing physiotherapists are certified by the McMaster Contemporary Acupuncture Program.
Shockwave therapy is one of the modalities used when found to be appropriate by our physiotherapists. It is a non-invasive form of treatment which involves a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations being applied directly to an area of injury through a person's skin, via a gel medium. Shockwave can increase local blood flow, improve healing response, break up scar tissue and adhesions, reduce muscle spasm, and decrease pain.
Balance Physiotherapy offers highly customized acute and chronic amputee rehabilitation programs for clients with upper and lower limb amputations. These programs are tailored to maximize functional mobility, and minimize pain, for a return to daily life in the community. We work closely with prosthetists to ensure that every client's prosthetics and mobility aids will match his or her physical needs and functional goals. As with any service at Balance Physiotherapy, clients and their families will find that our highly developed amputee rehabilitation program is effectively delivered by experienced, passionate physiotherapists in a motivating, positive and supportive atmosphere.
VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION THERAPY
Vestibular disorders and impairments are an unfortunate but frequent occurrence when clients have experienced head trauma, and are often overlooked until the client is out of acute care and ready for rehab. Proper assessment and accurate diagnosis are key to treating vestibular issues quickly and effectively, and therefore reducing the client's suffering. At Balance Physiotherapy we have therapists who are highly trained in the diagnosis of vestibular problems and the provision of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT), an exercise-based program designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls. It does so by promoting central nervous system compensation for any inner ear deficits that cannot be resolved by manual techniques alone. VRT can result in effective treatment for a variety of vestibular problems, including:
benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
post concussion syndrome
If you are suffering from vertigo or other vestibular symptoms, contact us and we will schedule you with the appropriate physiotherapist.
Following a head injury, even a "minor" one, many people experience lingering concussion symptoms. These can include headaches, dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, ringing ears (tinnitus), vision disturbances, fatigue, impaired balance, depression, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, feeling "foggy", and sensitivity to light or noise, among others. Proper concussion management necessitates a thorough assessment, followed by a careful progression of cardiovascular, balance, visual and vestibular exercises, in order to safely increase activity levels without exacerbating symptoms. Having worked with hundreds of concussion clients since our inception, the therapists at Balance Physiotherapy are leaders in the safe and effective provision of concussion management following motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and falls.
Balance Physiotherapy also offers the following services:
Customized exercise and fitness programs
Assistive Devices Program (ADP) assessments and prescriptions for walkers, wheelchairs and scooters
Seating mobility assessments
Sports re-integration outings
Collaboration with treatment teams
Our fully accessible 5000 square-foot facility boasts:
8 private treatment rooms
a warm hydrotherapy pool
a large conference room
separate quiet waiting area and treatment room for concussed clients
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL
TEACHING & SHARING OUR EXPERTISE
Haseel Bhatt, PT, leading a seminar on "Parkinson’s disease: Shifting the Clinical Paradigm" to a standing room only crowd. In June 2019 Haseel will head to Kyoto, Japan to present his poster at the World Parkinson's Congress. We couldn't be prouder.
Our therapists never stop educating themselves. From courses on specific topics to certification courses and a monthly articles club, we are always improving and furthering our ability to serve clients.
OFFERING UNIQUE SERVICES
TO OUR CLIENTS
Adding a therapy pool to our clinic was one of the best investments we've ever made. Our pool is constantly in use, with a wide variety of clients seeing a range of benefits. It is amazing to see the transformation in our clients when they get in the water.
SUPPORTING THE ABI COMMUNITY
Once again this year, we are proud sponsors of several fundraisers for the ABI community, such as the BIST Mix & Mingle. It is so important for us to build strong relationships with other professionals working in brain injury so that we can work together for the best outcomes of our clients.
HAVING A LITTLE FUN TOGETHER
Could competitive ping pong be a new career path for the team??? If our most recent night out was any indication, the clinic is safe for now, and everyone will be keeping their day jobs. Phew!
SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Balance Physiotherapy is proud to sponsor a local hockey team. Two players from the Don Mills Peewee Mustangs (2018-2019) brought in their GTHL championship trophy and a fabulous picture of the team. We’re proud to have been part of their success!
We are located in the Don Mills/York Mills area, minutes from the intersection of Highway 401 and the DVP/404.
Our services are available in the clinic, home, or other community settings throughout the GTA and surrounding areas.
Monday: 9:00am – 6:00pm*
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm*
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00pm*
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm*
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm*
* appointments may be accommodated outside of these hours dependent upon availability.
12 Upjohn Rd #8, Toronto, ON M3B 2V9, Canada
Tel: (416) 386-0384
Fax: (416) 386-1414