About Physiotherapy

    Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession dedicated to working with people to identify and maximize their ability to move and function throughout their lifespan.

    Physiotherapy services are those that are performed by physiotherapists or any other trained individuals working under a physiotherapist’s direction and supervision.

    Physiotherapists (or physical therapists) - using judgement and techniques based on education, science and research - work with patients to walk and move freely after injury, recover mobility after illness or surgery, manage chronic diseases like arthritis and diabetes, and much more. Your physiotherapist will work with you to put together a treatment plan for your condition or injury, so that you can get back to enjoying life and the activities you love.

    Learn more

Knowledge Services

    PABC’s goal is to provide its members with access to quality health information by offering these key knowledge services:

    1. Access to bibliographic and full-text databases
    2. Access to full-text journals and articles
    3. Access to other physiotherapy databases and resources for your clinical practice
    4. The services of a professional Knowledge Services Manager who is available full-time (5 days/week) to find information for you (literature searching, information research, article retrieval)
    5. Training and continuing professional development in evidence-informed practice, including how to find, appraise, and apply literature to your clinical practice provided by our Knowledge Team

    We offer the following knowledge resources:

    1. Clinical toolkits/guidelines
    2. Webinars
    3. Continuing professional development courses and vodcasts 
    4. eHealth toolkits and updates
    5. Subject guides

    Your Knowledge Services Manager can:

    1. Provide personalized reference (literature searching) and research support
    2. Locate articles, research, or other information sources
    3. Assist you in setting up database alert services to keep you up to date with new research and professional news
    4. Provide training support to help you find articles as part of your evidence-informed practice (including how to use core health databases)
    5. Create search aids, training guides and online tutorials
    6. Add key physio resources to 'Search the PABC Resource Library'
    7. Keep you informed of new library initiatives through regular communications: email, Directions, Facebook and Twitter

    Fiona can be contacted at: librarian@bcphysio.org

    The costs of the access to databases and full-text journals (via PABC's e-HLbc subscription) and our Knowledge Services Manager are covered by your PABC membership fees. PABC is the only provincial branch to offer these services. At this time, there are no limits on the number of reference requests to the Knowledge Services Manager, however members are encouraged to develop their search skills, and to keep search requests to a reasonable number per year.

    Yes. You can do your own searches on these databases (or ask your Knowledge Services Manager to do a literature search for you). When searching, you will see links to the full-text article when it is available; if not directly available, select the "Request via ILL (interlibrary loan)" button. Alternately, you could contact your Knowledge Services Manager for assistance. 

    Visit Journals & Online Databases to start your search.
    Or you can use our Discovery Service to search across all the databases at once instead. This is especially helpful for preliminary searches/or locating specific citations.

    The best way is via email to librarian@bcphysio.org or use the Make a Request form.

    When submitting a request, please describe what you'd like to find, including:
    1. The problem or issue, intervention, patient type, outcomes
    2. Type of information sought (practice guidelines, primary research: clinical trials, review articles or systematic reviews, consumer education info, etc
    3. When this information is required.

    For example, "I work in private practice and have a patient who has tennis elbow. I am interested in whether acupuncture would be helpful, and also what kinds of manual therapy are recommended. I am already familiar with therapeutic exercises. I'd like to have the information in 2 weeks."

    The following is a general guideline on turn-around times (based on business days, Mon-Fri):

    1. Quick answer or acknowledgment of receipt: 24-36 hours
    2. Request for full-text articles (available in PABC library): within 24-36 hours
    3. Request for full-text articles (not available in PABC library): up to a week
    4. Basic reference question/literature search: within 3-5 working days (depends on demands)
    5. Complex/thorough literature search/research: within 7 working days
    6. Rush requests: within 24 hours

    Here are 8 ways to get your feet wet and build your "digital literacy" skills:

    1. Read the Knowledge Services Manager's monthly email sent to your inbox
    2. Sign up for an "Alert" and keep up with the latest journal articles in your area of practice
    3. Learn how to search Medline and/or CINAHL to find full-text journal articles
    4. Retrieve full-text articles
    5. Learn to critically appraise the articles you've found
    6. Learn to apply research to your practice
    7. Search the PABC Resource Library for physio information, such as outcome measures, business matters, patient education, etc.
    8. Email your Knowledge Services Manager at librarian@bcphysio.org if you need a lit search or help getting started using the resources in the Knowledge Centre

    As a UBC student, you have access to a wealth of library services, instruction, datababases and journals through the UBC Library. We advise you to contact your UBC Librarian for assistance related to your studies. Once you graduate, PABC provides you with the e-HLbc (Electronic Health Library of BC) databases and full-text journals. e-HLbc is also available at UBC and in all the health authorities. While e-HLbc has considerably fewer full-text journals and databases than are available through UBC, you will find this a great benefit if you work in private practice as no other association in Canada provides access to these high-quality, fee-based resources. As a student member, PABC provides you with many physio-specific resources that you may find helpful in your studies such as webinars, outcome measures, social media for physios, mobile apps for physios, patient education, etc. You can browse these resources, or search from them via Search the PABC Resource Library.

    If you work in public practice, you could contact your hospital or health authority librarian and library services. You will find the same Electronic Health Library of BC (eHLbc) databases - EBSCO Medline, CINAHL, Cochrane, PsycINFO. Your hospital library may provide access to additional databases, journals, inter-library loan/document delivery services, and training on how to do a lit search.

    What is unique to PABC's Knowledge Centre are our physio-specific services and tailored resources available to members only:

    1. Browse/Search our PABC Resource Library for webinars, vodcasts, clinical toolkits, subject guides, and more

    2. Connect with the Knowledge Services Manager who provides assistance, communication, and training in physiotherapy information research

    Browse/search under the topic of Information/Research Skills to find guides, tutorials, and webinar recordings to guide you through the steps of doing a literature search. 

    Feel free to contact the Knowledge Services Manager to submit a request or for assistance.

    PABC complies with the Copyright Act of Canada. PABC may provide a single copy of a journal article for a member's personal research and study only. It is the responsibility of PABC members to understand the copyright status of materials being used and to comply with the Copyright Act.

    Your name and request to the Knowledge Services Manager will never be shared with other members without your permission. However, your request may be shared with PABC staff in order to better understand our members' needs and to respond appropriately.

Careers - Physiotherapists

Careers - Physiotherapist Assistants

Access, Fees, and Coverage for Physiotherapy in BC

    Physiotherapists (or physical therapists), using judgement and techniques based on education, science and research, work with patients to help them walk and move freely after injury; recover mobility after illness or surgery; manage chronic diseases like arthritis and diabetes; and much more. Your physiotherapist will work with you to put together a treatment plan for your condition or injury, so that you can get back to enjoying life and the activities you love.

     

    No. Physiotherapists are university trained medical professionals and primary care practitioners. This means that you have direct access to physiotherapy without a doctor's referral.

    In some circumstances, such as publicly funded community physiotherapy clinics, or certain extended health plans, a doctor or nurse practitioner referral is required to access funding. Consult your insurance provider to learn whether a referral is needed in your specific case prior to commencing treatment.

    There are four main treatment routes:

    a) Physiotherapy clinics - privately funded

    b) Home visits - privately funded

    c) Hospitals (In-patient services and out-patient services) - publicly funded

    d) Home Health, Home Care - publicly funded

    e) Paediatric services - publicly and privately funded 

    For further details on a route, please select the respective section below.

    By contacting a private clinic in your community, you can access immediate care.  Private clinic visits are also an immediate option for those on hospital out-patient waitlists as they await access to care. 

    Click here to learn how you can Find a Physio using our online directory.

    Click here to learn how you can Find a Clinic using our online directory.

    By contacting a private physiotherapist who offers home visits, you can access immediate care. Private home visits are also an immediate option for those on hospital out-patient waitlists as they await access to care, and those with mobility issues.

    Click here to learn how you can Find a Physio who provides home visits, using our online directory.

    Physiotherapy in hospitals may be provided to inpatients staying in hospital or in an outpatient clinic. Many outpatient clinics provide rehabilitation programs for people who, for example, have had surgery, or are recovering from strokes or heart attacks. Not all hospitals in BC have outpatient services that will meet your specific needs. Although treatment is publicly funded, there may be additional charge for supplies such as splints and dressings.

    An inpatient is a patient who stays in a hospital while under treatment.

    An outpatient is a patient who receives medical treatment without being admitted to a hospital. Patients who have been discharged from the hospital are also regarded as outpatients.

    Consult your local hospital to learn about the physiotherapy services available in your area. Or visit the BC Ministry of Health website to contact your local health authority.

    Home based physiotherapy services are available to support early discharge from a hospital or to avoid going to a hospital or care facility. Home Health supports individuals and families to self manage, and targets post-surgical care, older adults with declining mobility, and those at end-of-life. Limited physiotherapy service is available and eligibility criteria apply.

    To see if you qualify, contact the Home Health/Home Care program at your health authority. Visit the BC Ministry of Health website to find your health authority. Some physiotherapists provide home based physiotherapy privately. See "Accessing Physiotherapy - Home Visits".

    Children and youth in BC who have, or are at risk of developmental delay or disability are eligible for publicly funded physiotherapy services in their community. Anyone may refer a child to an Early Intervention Therapy Program (0-5 years of age) or School-Aged Therapy Program. For more information on how to access these services in your community, or to find a physiotherapist through each of these programs, visit the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development website

    There are also private clinics and community-based therapists that specialize in working with children with a range of mobility concerns (e.g. sports injuries, motor delays). Fees are set individually.

    Click here to learn how you can Find a Physio with an area of expertise in paediatrics using our online directory.

     

    Yes. On January 1, 2002, physiotherapy was de-listed by the government from the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP), meaning that the majority of people in BC must pay for physiotherapy through extended health benefits, their own money, or a combination of the two.

    However, according to a 2012 nationwide survey, over three quarters of British Columbians have supplementary health benefits from group insurance plans that include physiotherapy*. Coverage can range from $200 to $500 per person, per year**, and up to $750 for some plans***. Low-income people receive supplementary coverage for physiotherapy through MSP Premium Assistance (details below).

    Clinic fees reflect the time spent directly with the physiotherapist. Fees are set individually and vary depending on the length of direct physiotherapist time (generally 20-60 min) and the treatment needed. Cost per visit generally fall between $63 and $190.


    *http://www.healthcoalitionab.ca/PDF/reports-studies/CMA-Benefits-Research-Survey_en.pdf (Ipsos Reid Survey, June 2012 - Supplementary Health Benefits Research Final Report June 2012 Commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Health Sciences Research Foundation, and the Institute of Health Economics, Alberta Canada) - page 13. Last accessed Sept 3 2015.
    **True Benefits. How Much Do Employee Benefits Cost? http://www.truebenefits.ca/news/how-much-do-employee-benefits-cost. Last accessed Sept 3 2015.
    ***UBC. Extended Health Benefits. http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/extended-health/. Last accessed Sept 3 2015.

    The user fee is the cost difference that a clinic charges patients when third party payer/insurer rates are below the clinic fee. The user fee plus the insurer rate reflects the total cost of the visit.

    Examples of third party payers: ICBC, MSP, WorkSafeBC.

    I was injured at work, am I covered by WorkSafeBC?

    For all work-related injuries, WorkSafeBC will pay for your initial visit as long as your claim is registered with WorkSafeBC and you have a claim number. Further physiotherapy treatment may be covered after your claim is approved. A referral from your doctor is not necessary. You must ensure that you seek treatment from a physiotherapist who has a contract with WorkSafeBC to treat Injured Workers. On approved claims, there is no fee for service.

    After an injury you must:

    1. Report your injury to your employer.
    2. Seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Be sure to tell your doctor that your injury is work-related.
    3. Report your injury to WorkSafeBC as soon as possible:
    4. Book your initial physiotherapy appointment, and notify the physiotherapy clinic that your injury is work related.

     

    A new service model is in effect (started June 1st, 2014). Learn how you can return to work faster, and how you can locate a physiotherapist who can treat BC injured workers.

    View contracted physiotherapy provides in BC by region or use the Find a Clinic search and check off the Contracted with WSBC box.

    I was injured in a motor vehicle accident (MVA), am I covered by ICBC?

    You are entitled to accident benefits whether you are at fault or not. There is no need for an initial doctor's referral if the accident is recent and/or you have not had any previous treatment.   In most cases, you're entitled to physiotherapy treatment, and your adjustor will let you know what will be covered.  For more information visit the ICBC website.

    A portion of the physiotherapy fee will usually be billed to ICBC by the clinic, using the Teleplan electronic billing system. A supplemental clinic user fee is typically charged to you when receiving treatment post-MVA. This fee is your responsibility. The fee is determined by the therapist or clinic.  Ask your adjustor when and if you will be reimbursed for the fees.

    If you have coverage through ICBC, you may begin physiotherapy treatment immediately after you report your claim to ICBC. Visit the ICBC website to learn how. The physiotherapist does not need to check with ICBC for prior approval – up to the established limit of 20 visits. Provide your physiotherapist with your ICBC claim number, your adjustor's name, and phone number of your adjustor to begin treatment.

    If you are visiting a physiotherapist for an injury or condition that is not work injury related or motor vehicle accident related, you may have the option to pay by MSP (Medical Services Plan) Premium Assistance.

    According to the BC Ministry of Health, over 1.2 million British Columbians receive MSP premium assistance of between 20 and 100 per cent of their premiums. Over 800,000 pay no premiums at all, with 37 per cent of BC seniors receiving some kind of premium assistance in 2012**.

    For MSP beneficiaries receiving premium assistance, MSP will contribute $23 per visit for a combined annual limit of 10 visits each calendar year towards: physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, and non-surgical podiatry*. 

    The clinic you attend will be able to check your Care Card and confirm in advance whether you qualify as an MSP beneficiary. A user fee may be charged to the patient and is the responsibility of the patient. Fees are determined by the clinic.

    Questions about eligibility, extra charges or reimbursement for insured services should be directed to Health Insurance BC.


    *http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/infoben/faqas.html#suppben 
    **http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/legislation/msc-annual-report-2010-11.pdf"

    If you are visiting a physiotherapist for an injury or condition that is not work injury related or motor vehicle accident related, you may be able to pay using your Extended Benefits Plan.

    According to a 2012 nationwide survey, over 80 per cent of Canadians have some form of extended health care coverage*. Four out of five of those surveyed have coverage for treatments including dental, vision and other services, including physiotherapy**. Physiotherapy treatment is generally included within employer-paid or individually purchased health benefit plans. The amount of coverage and access to physiotherapy varies amongst plans. Check your plan and contact your health benefit provider for coverage details. Your plan will indicate if your insurance company requires you to obtain a doctor's referral in order to get reimbursed for physiotherapy. The process usually involves paying for fees up front and submitting the receipts for reimbursement as per rules of your individual plan. Some clinics may be able to bill certain plans directly on your behalf. Consult your clinic to find out.  


    *http://www.healthcoalitionab.ca/PDF/reports-studies/CMA-Benefits-Research-Survey_en.pdf (Ipsos Reid Survey, June 2012 - Supplementary Health Benefits Research Final Report June 2012 Commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Health Sciences Research Foundation, and the Institute of Health Economics, Alberta Canada) - page 13. Last accessed on Sept 3 2015.
    **http://www.healthcoalitionab.ca/PDF/reports-studies/CMA-Benefits-Research-Survey_en.pdf (Ipsos Reid Survey, June 2012 - Supplementary Health Benefits Research Final Report June 2012 Commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Health Sciences Research Foundation, and the Institute of Health Economics, Alberta Canada) - page 6. Last accessed on Sept 3 2015.

    If you are not eligible for the coverage outlined above and do not have coverage under a health benefits plan, you will need to pay for your treatment. Fees are set by each clinic separately, as are payment options. Consult your clinic to learn more.

    Is there disability assistance for physiotherapy?

    When you’re on disability assistance the amount of financial support you receive depends on the size of your family. It also depends on whether another person in your family has a Persons with Disabilities designation.

    With this designation, you and your family members may be able access Extended Medical Therapies, including physical therapy. In order to access these services, a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner must confirm an acute need and there must be no other resources available. This supplement is available under the Employment and Assistance Regulation and Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.

    For more information on Extended Medical Therapies coverage and Disability Assistance, visit the Province of British Columbia website.

    The Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC) recommends fee guidelines based its regular review of provincial market rates, and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s national cost of business study which determines the Cost Per Average Visit (calculated by dividing a clinic’s total annual costs by the total annual number of patient visits). With this data, PABC members independently determine their rates which they adjust according to variances in a clinic’s cost of providing service and the prevailing market. Clinic fees reflect time spent directly with the physiotherapist. 

    View the recommended fee guidelines for 2017.

Courses

    A PABC vodcast is a video recording of a live lecture or presentation which you can download and watch on your computer or mobile device at your convenience.

    The word vodcast refers to a video recording of a podcast, which is a multimedia file that can be downloaded and played on a computer or mobile device. After registering, instructions for downloading the vodcast will be sent to you.

     

    Required: high-speed internet access and sound (computer speakers).  FREE version of Quicktime on your computer.  Get the free download here.



    Cost:  Different rates are offered. Check individual vodcasts for rates:

    • PABC Member 
    • Member Group Rate
    • Member Student/New Grad
    • Non-Member
    • Non-Member Group Rate 

    All PABC Evening Lectures are recorded so that individuals who are unable to attend in person can purchase the vodcast for future viewing. 

     

    For a list of vodcasts currently available, visit Courses > Vodcasts for Purchase.

    A PABC-hosted webinar is an interactive course held live online. You can attend the course from the comfort of your home or office computer. If unable to attend, you may watch the recording afterwards.
     
    PABC members register for a webinar, and then at the appointed time log onto a given website and:

    • Follow a visual presentation (i.e., see and hear the speaker talking),
    • Ask questions through a chat feature (i.e., type in their questions and comments), and
    • Use interactive tools to communicate with the presenter or other participants. 

    All instructions for preparing for and logging in to the webinar are provided after registration.The webinar is recorded and made available after one week after the event date, for those unable to attend.
     
    Required: computer high-speed internet access and sound (speakers), and Flash (note that iPads generally don't have Flash).
     
    Recommended: larger screen for optimal resolution.

    Who can register:  PABC-hosted webinars are made available only to PABC members. Webinars are not available to non-members at this time.

    Cost: Free for all PABC members. PABC webinars on evidence-informed practice are free for members to attend, and the live webinar is recorded and made available for free on the Members' Site. 

    To find webinar recordings, members can login and visit the Webinar Recordings section of the PABC Knowledge Centre.

    Cancellation Policy for PABC courses and lectures:

    For Lectures, refunds will be issued in the form of a voucher for a future lecture or lecture +vodcast combo (equal to the value of the original purchase). Registrants must notify PABC prior to the event.

    For Courses, refunds will be given for cancellation requests received at least two weeks prior to the event, less a $100 cancellation fee.

    No refunds will be issued less than two weeks prior to the course.

    ​To make a cancellation or inquire more information regarding our policy on PABC-hosted professional development, please contact Stephanie Dutto: stephanie@bcphysio.org


    For Webinars, there are no cancellation fees.

    • Webinars are available to PABC members only
    • Webinars are generally recorded and made available on the Members' Site one week after the event date

    If you are no longer able to attend, please send an email to info@bcphysio.org at least one day prior to the event.


    For external/privately run courses, please contact the respective event organizers regarding their cancelation policies.

    The Courses section of our website offers two types of courses:

    1. PABC-hosted courses
    2. External/Privately run courses

    PABC-Hosted Courses

    PABC offers several educational events throughout the year to support the professional development of physiotherapists across BC. These are primarily in the form of lectures and courses, which are discounted for members and also open to future members, and webinars, which are free and exclusive to PABC members only. 

    External/Privately Run Courses

    In addition to PABC and CPA educational events, external and privately run courses are often listed on our website. Educators may include individuals and organizations from relating health professions and academic institutions.

     

    Our national association, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) offers additional opportunities for professional development.

    Visit the CPA website for webinars, online courses, in-person courses, and CPA Clinical Speciality Program courses.

    You do NOT need to be a CPA/PABC member to participate. See FAQs for further information.

Referral Guide for Physicians

Referral Guide for Pharmacists

Areas of Practice

    An area of practice is the arena in which the physiotherapist focuses the majority of their practice.

    Additional qualifications are post graduate degrees, diplomas, or certifications, which increase the physiotherapist’s knowledge and practical skill set within their chosen area of practice. Some qualifications may be acquired through a 1 day course, while others may take more than 1 year to acquire. To learn more about your physiotherapist's additional qualifications, and how it can help you get back to doing the activities that you love, please contact your physiotherapist.

    "Acupuncture refers to the use of fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points selected as determined by meridian and chi theory. Dry needling refers to the use of fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points based upon segmentally myofascial, trigger points theory. Dry needles are solid, thin needles that have no ability to inject or withdraw fluid."1

    "The terms acupuncture, dry needling technique and use of dry needles can describe a variety of approaches. Physical therapists may use a classical, neuro-anatomical or intramuscular stimulation approach, or a combination of these approaches, to acupuncture and dry needling."2 

    A physiotherapist certified to use acupuncture uses fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points selected as determined by meridian and chi theory. It is used to relieve pain and treat various physical disorders within the scope of physical therapy practice.

    * There are a variety of acupuncture credentials that may be earned. "A physiotherapist may only use acupuncture if he or she has successfully completed a program listed in the College Bylaws Schedule "Approved Acupuncture and Dry Needling Programs" including associated examinations. Practicing acupuncture techniques on patients is permitted only after the physical therapist has demonstrated competency through successful completion of the approved course and has sent proof of their educational qualifications to the College."3

    1, 2,3  "Practice Standard." College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://cptbc.org/ 

    Physiotherapy is a recommended choice of treatment to help reduce scar tissue or cording in the breast and arm pit areas that may develop following surgery and/or radiation treatment for breast cancer. Typical types of breast surgery include mastectomy, lumpectomy, or plastic surgery carried out for breast augmentation. Post-operative scar tissue and/or cording can result in unnecessary discomfort, limitation of arm movement, neck and upper back aches and altered posture. Physiotherapy treatment will often include manual therapy, massage, stretching, posture correction and individualized exercise. 

    Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy can help individuals who suffer problems with their heart, lungs and circulatory system. Common conditions include COPD, asthma and heart attacks.

    Physiotherapy for chronic pain conditions can help individuals who suffer an array of complex, persisting, long term, and reoccurring pain syndromes. Management aims to alleviate pain, improve well-being and benefit participation in life by use of a broad range of interventions.

    Evaluation and resolution of postural problems and work-related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, low back and neck pain.

    Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper extremity, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. Treatments may include manual therapy, exercise prescription, massage, acute wound care, custom splinting, and scar management.

    Physiotherapists use equine/horse movements to improve coordination, walking ability, balance and posture for people of all ages.

    Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a dry needling (no substance is injected) technique that uses acupuncture needles to treat neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is caused by irritation or pressure on the nerves which in turn causes muscles to become shortened and hypersensitive. This is the cause of many chronic pain conditions and recurring injuries. IMS is a form of acupuncture.

    "Acupuncture refers to the use of fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points selected as determined by meridian and chi theory. Dry needling refers to the use of fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points based upon segmentally myofascial, trigger points theory. Dry needles are solid, thin needles that have no ability to inject or withdraw fluid."1

    "The terms acupuncture, dry needling technique and use of dry needles can describe a variety of approaches. Physical therapists may use a classical, neuro-anatomical or intramuscular stimulation approach, or a combination of these approaches, to acupuncture and dry needling."2

    A physiotherapist certified to use acupuncture uses fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points selected as determined by meridian and chi theory. It is used to relieve pain and treat various physical disorders within the scope of physical therapy practice.

    * There are a variety of acupuncture credentials that may be earned. "A physiotherapist may only use acupuncture if he or she has successfully completed a program listed in the College Bylaws Schedule "Approved Acupuncture and Dry Needling Programs" including associated examinations. Practicing acupuncture techniques on patients is permitted only after the physical therapist has demonstrated competency through successful completion of the approved course and has sent proof of their educational qualifications to the College."3

    1, 2, 3 "Practice Standard." College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://cptbc.org/

    Urinary incontinence is the complaint of involuntary loss of urine. Bowel incontinence is the complaint of involuntary loss of stool, gas and/or mucus. Although there are many reasons for urinary or anal incontinence, often dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles is a large part of the problem. Physiotherapists who treat the pelvic floor have the skills to assess and retrain the pelvic floor and related muscles so they function more effectively to prevent leaking. Education in good bladder and bowel habits can also help correct these problems.

    Physiotherapy can help restore joint range of motion, flexibility and strength after surgery to help improve quality of life and help people return to active living.

    Lymphedema is a condition that can occur following lymph node removal that is a necessary component of surgical treatment for breast and other types of cancers. It presents as a swelling in the arm or leg but can also affect the face, neck and chest areas too. Physiotherapy treatment often includes manual lymph drainage (a special type of massage), appropriate exercise, activity modification and compression bandaging. 

    Manual therapy is a physical treatment with a focus on using hands-on techniques, generally with the aim of restoring normal biomechanics, such as reducing the tightness of muscles and mobilizing stiff joints.

    Physiotherapy can improve physical health and wellness in people whose primary health needs are related to their emotional or mental well-being. Treatment may include individualized exercise programs, which can improve mood and enhance social participation, motivation strategies, and promotion of self-management. Physiotherapy has been shown to minimize or counteract the side-effects of some psychotropic medications.

    Neurological physiotherapy can help individuals who suffer problems originating from the nervous system, including the brain, the spinal cord and the peripheral nerves. Common conditions include strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, dementia and Parkinson's.

    Physiotherapy can help people undergoing cancer treatment manage pain, maximize independence and improve quality of life. 

    Physiotherapy treatment of injuries related to bones, muscles, ligaments and joints. Injuries such as fractures, strains and sprains may be treated with a variety of techniques including manual therapy and electrotherapy.

    Physiotherapy treatment of children under 16 who have orthopaedic, neurological and respiratory conditions, developmental delays, burns, and conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis.

    "Pelvic floor disorders occur when the "sling" or "hammock" that supports the pelvic organs becomes weak or damaged."1 Physiotherapy treatment may include "pelvic floor muscle exercises, biofeedback, ultrasound imaging, muscle balance and core stability exercises, behavioural changes involving diet and toileting patterns and the use of internal assistive devices (pessaries). Bowel, bladder and pelvic pain issues can be difficult topics for many people to discuss and for which to seek treatment. Physiotherapists are committed to sensitive practice where clients receive treatment in a confidential and respectful environment."2

    1 "What is the pelvic floor?" University of Chicago Medicine. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. www.uchospitals.edu.
    2 "Your first visit." Dayan Physiotherapy and Pelvic Floor Clinic. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. www.dayanphysio.com.

    Physiotherapists design individual and specific exercise programs in the pool. The buoyancy effect of water promotes a safe rehabilitation setting and faster return to walking, daily activities or sports.

    Physiotherapists base their treatments on evidence-informed practice to provide the best treatment possible. Some physiotherapists dedicate their careers to collecting data, studying, and researching a wide variety of conditions and clinical interventions to help provide up-to-date knowledge in the field of rehabilitation. Research completed by physiotherapists must be approved by a university ethics board.

    Physiotherapy treatment of age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, heart disease, immobility and prevention of falls. Encompasses treatment for multiple conditions occuring at the same time and considers medication use.

    Physiotherapy treatment of sprains, strains and other athletic injuries using techniques such as manual therapy, sport specific exercise, taping, bracing, and therapeutic modalities. Sports physiotherapists can also reduce the risk of sports injuries through preventative and screening programs as well as help enhance sports performance such as bike fittings, and running assessments.

    Physiotherapists diagnose and treat problems, such as vertigo and severe balance disturbances, originating from the vestibular system.

    Physiotherapists in Women's Health can provide information and treatment that includes, but is nto limited to: "bone health, domestic violence, HIV and AIDS, pelvic floor dysfunction related to continence issues or sexual function, lymphedema, or cardiovascular disease issues that are particularly relevant to women."1

     

    1"Women's Health Division About Us." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed, Aug. 17, 2015. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/Divisions/Womens-Health/About-Us

    Physiotherapists trained in wound care can assist in the healing of open wounds with proper wound management including debridement and electrical stimulation if appropriate, as well as dressing selection.

Additional Qualifications

    "Acupuncture refers to the use of fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points selected as determined by meridian and chi theory. Dry needling refers to the use of fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points based upon segmentally myofascial, trigger points theory. Dry needles are solid, thin needles that have no ability to inject or withdraw fluid."1

    "The terms acupuncture, dry needling technique and use of dry needles can describe a variety of approaches. Physical therapists may use a classical, neuro-anatomical or intramuscular stimulation approach, or a combination of these approaches, to acupuncture and dry needling."2 

    A physiotherapist certified to use acupuncture uses fine gauge, dry needles that are inserted into the body at specific points selected as determined by meridian and chi theory. It is used to relieve pain and treat various physical disorders within the scope of physical therapy practice.

    * There are a variety of acupuncture credentials that may be earned. "A physiotherapist may only use acupuncture if he or she has successfully completed a program listed in the College Bylaws Schedule "Approved Acupuncture and Dry Needling Programs" including associated examinations. Practicing acupuncture techniques on patients is permitted only after the physical therapist has demonstrated competency through successful completion of the approved course and has sent proof of their educational qualifications to the College."3

    1, 2,3  "Practice Standard." College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://cptbc.org/ 

    Physiotherapists passionate about the physical health and function of animal patients. Animal Rehabilitation involves an indepth education system consisting of anatomy, physiology, common injuries and surgeries, behavioural issues, physical examination, and treatment techniques.1

    A Diploma or Certificate in animal rehabilitation is required to practice animal rehab in Canada. Learn more

    1 "Animal Rehab Division." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

    Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy can help individuals who suffer problems with their heart, lungs and circulatory system. Common conditions include COPD, asthma and heart attacks.

    A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced clinical level within a recognized physiotherapy speciality area through a formal program that combines clinical experience in the specialty practice area, continuing professional development, leadership activities and involvement in research.1

    Formal recognition as a Clinical Specialist in an area of physiotherapy is accomplished through meeting the requirements of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program. Learn more.

    1 "Clinical Specialty Program: Candidate Handbook." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

    Physiotherapists who have advanced education and clinical experience specific to the evaluation and treatment of patients with cervical spine (neck) disorders, cervicogenic headaches, orofacial pain, and temporomandibular disorders (TMJ).

    A Certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation Practitioner (CGIMS) is a physiotherapist (PT) who has been trained through the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain, founded by the developer of the IMS technique, Dr. Chan Gunn M.D. and offered through the University of British Columbia. A physiotherapist with CGIMS has at least 4 years clinical musculoskeletal or neuromuscular physiotherapy patient experience as well as either acupuncture certification or Level III of the Intermediate Diploma of Manual Therapy.

    A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is a Physiotherapist (PT) with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in the practice of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. A CHT has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy and has successfully completed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation.

    A certified lymphedema therapist can provide "manual therapy for treating lymphedema through Combined Decongestive Therapy. This consists of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD®), Compression Bandaging, Skin Care and Exercises. Post-graduate training is offered by 6 schools."1 Physiotherapists who are certified lymphedema therapists may be from the Dr. Vodder School - North America, Klose Training & Consulting or Chikly Health Institute.

     

    1 "Lymphatic drainage therapists". BC Lymphedema Association. Accessed Feb. 2, 2015. http://www.bclymph.org/page-962912

    Physiotherapists who treat vestibular conditions typically see people with dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Conditions may include BPPV, vestibular neuritis and central causes of dizziness like Multiple Sclerosis, stroke and brain tumours; among others. A Certified Vestibular Therapist has experience in treating vestibular patients and has done an intensive 6 day course, such as that given by Emory University. The course includes written, practical and video examinations. Those that are successful in those examinations use the term Certified Vestibular Therapist.

    Physiotherapists who are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) have completed extensive post-graduate education in the area of orthopaedics and have achieved internationally-recognized qualifications in hands-on manual and manipulative therapy. Therapists must have completed Levels I-V and both the Intermediate and Advanced Diploma of Manual Therapy.

    Physiotherapists certified in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations are trained to asses a worker's ability to perform work and their physical tolerances to a variety of real and/or simulated work activities. Their role is to collect objective information relevant to the determination of feasibility for employment. This includes the identification of individual strength, abilities, needs and preferences by undertaking subjective questionnaires, real and/or simulated work activities, consistency of effort measures and standardized tests.

    The McKenzie Method consists of a comprehensive mechanical evaluation of a patient's physical complaints. A physiotherapist who holds a diploma in the McKenzie Method has advanced knowledge to develop a mechanical treatment strategy aimed at resolving the patient's current symptoms and long term prevention of recurrence. The method encourages self-management and patient independence.

    Physiotherapy treatment of injuries related to bones, muscles, ligaments and joints. Injuries such as fractures, strains and sprains may be treated with a variety of techniques including manual therapy and electrotherapy.

    A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced clinical level within a recognized physiotherapy speciality area through a formal program that combines clinical experience in the specialty practice area, continuing professional development, leadership activities and involvement in research.1

    Formal recognition as a Clinical Specialist in an area of physiotherapy is accomplished through meeting the requirements of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program. Learn more.

    1 "Clinical Specialty Program: Candidate Handbook." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

    Neurological physiotherapy can help individuals who suffer problems originating from the nervous system, including the brain, the spinal cord and the peripheral nerves. Common conditions include strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebal palsy, dementia and Parkinson's.

    A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced clinical level within a recognized physiotherapy speciality area through a formal program that combines clinical experience in the specialty practice area, continuing professional development, leadership activities and involvement in research.1

    Formal recognition as a Clinical Specialist in an area of physiotherapy is accomplished through meeting the requirements of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program. Learn more.

    1 "Clinical Specialty Program: Candidate Handbook." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

    Physiotherapy can help people undergoing cancer treatment manage pain, maximize independence and improve quality of life. 

    A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced clinical level within a recognized physiotherapy speciality area through a formal program that combines clinical experience in the specialty practice area, continuing professional development, leadership activities and involvement in research.1

    Formal recognition as a Clinical Specialist in an area of physiotherapy is accomplished through meeting the requirements of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program. Learn more.

    1 "Clinical Specialty Program: Candidate Handbook." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

    Physiotherapy treatment of children under 16 who have orthopaedic, neurological and respiratory conditions, developmental delays, burns, and conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis.

    A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced clinical level within a recognized physiotherapy speciality area through a formal program that combines clinical experience in the specialty practice area, continuing professional development, leadership activities and involvement in research.1

    Formal recognition as a Clinical Specialist in an area of physiotherapy is accomplished through meeting the requirements of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program. Learn more.

    1 "Clinical Specialty Program: Candidate Handbook." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

    Physiotherapy for chronic pain conditions can help individuals who suffer an array of complex, persisting, long term, and reoccurring pain syndromes. Management aims to alleviate pain, improve well being and benefit participation in life by use of a broad range of interventions.

    A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced clinical level within a recognized physiotherapy speciality area through a formal program that combines clinical experience in the specialty practice area, continuing professional development, leadership activities and involvement in research.1

    Formal recognition as a Clinical Specialist in an area of physiotherapy is accomplished through meeting the requirements of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program. Learn more.

    1 "Clinical Specialty Program: Candidate Handbook." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

    Physiotherapy treatment of age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, heart disease, immobility and prevention of falls. Encompasses treatment for multiple conditions occuring at the same time and considers medication use.

    A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced clinical level within a recognized physiotherapy speciality area through a formal program that combines clinical experience in the specialty practice area, continuing professional development, leadership activities and involvement in research.1

    Formal recognition as a Clinical Specialist in an area of physiotherapy is accomplished through meeting the requirements of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program. Learn more.

    1 "Clinical Specialty Program: Candidate Handbook." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

    "A physiotherapist who plans, organizes and directs programmes of pre-season screening, first aid, rehabilitation, education and counselling for athletes, coaches and others concerned with sports. They may work directly with athletes or may undertake a consulting role for sports organizations."1 A Certificate holder has passed basic competency standards using nationally standardized written and practical examination processes through Sport Physiotherapy Canada.

    1 "Role of a Sport Physio." Sport Physiotherapy Canada. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.sportphysio.ca/.

    A physiotherapist who plans, organizes and directs programmes of pre-season screening, first aid, rehabilitation, education and counselling for athletes, coaches and others concerned with sports. They may work directly with athletes or may undertake a consulting role for sports organizations. 

    A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced clinical level within a recognized physiotherapy speciality area through a formal program that combines clinical experience in the specialty practice area, continuing professional development, leadership activities and involvement in research.1

    Formal recognition as a Clinical Specialist in an area of physiotherapy is accomplished through meeting the requirements of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program. Learn more.

    1 "Clinical Specialty Program: Candidate Handbook." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

    "A physiotherapist who plans, organizes and directs programmes of pre-season screening, first aid, rehabilitation, education and counselling for athletes, coaches and others concerned with sports. They may work directly with athletes or may undertake a consulting role for sports organizations."A Diploma holder has passed the highest level of competency standards through Sport Physiotherapy Canada and is eligible to apply to work at major games (Olympics, Commonwealth Games etc).

    1 "Role of a Sport Physio." Sport Physiotherapy Canada. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.sportphysio.ca/

    The emphasis of the health sciences on fitness and wellness has brought to women’s attention a need to pay closer attention to their bodies during recreation, work, and throughout life (Women's Health APTA, 2014). A women's health physiotherapist has specialized training which can benefit women with a variety of conditions, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, prenatal and postpartum pain, or lymphedema. 

    A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced clinical level within a recognized physiotherapy speciality area through a formal program that combines clinical experience in the specialty practice area, continuing professional development, leadership activities and involvement in research.1

    Formal recognition as a Clinical Specialist in an area of physiotherapy is accomplished through meeting the requirements of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program. Learn more.

    "Clinical Specialty Program: Candidate Handbook." Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Accessed Dec. 3, 2014. http://www.physiotherapy.ca/.

About Physiotherapists

    A physiotherapist will assess you using detailed history-taking as well as specific physical tests and measures, such as flexibility or range of motion. He or she will then analyze the assessment findings and use clinical reasoning to establish a diagnosis. Together, you will explore your current abilities and functional needs so the physiotherapist can plan treatments that are consistent with your goals and general health status, and incorporate approaches and techniques supported by the best evidence available.

    Physiotherapy treatments can include the following:

    • Personalized exercise programs designed to improve your strength, range of motion, and function
    • Massage
    • Joint mobilization and manipulation to reduce pain and stiffness
    • Hot and cold packs and modalities to relieve pain, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process, improve movement and function
    • Airway clearance methods to assist people with breathing difficulties
    • Skin and wound care
    • Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education
    • Functional activity and tolerance testing and training
    • Work and occupational re-training and return to work planning
    • Prescription, fabrication and application of assistive, adaptive, supportive and protective devices and equipment
    • Environmental change, focusing on removing barriers to function

    Physiotherapists (or physical therapists), using judgement and techniques based on education, science and research, work with patients to walk and move freely after injury; recover mobility after illness or surgery; manage chronic diseases like arthritis and diabetes; and much more. Your physiotherapist will work with you to put together a treatment plan for your condition or injury, so that you can get back to enjoying life and the activities you love.

    Physiotherapists work with clients of all ages and with a wide range of health conditions. Whether it’s pain management and rehabilitation from an acute injury like a sprained ankle, or management of chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, a physiotherapist can help. Physiotherapy is not limited to rehabilitation of injury and the effects of disease or disability. A physiotherapist also provides education and advice for health promotion, disease and injury prevention. 

    Physiotherapists work in a broad range of settings providing client and/or population health interventions as well as management, educational, research and consultation services. Physiotherapy can be accessed in the community at private clinics and through home care services. Physiotherapy services are often affiliated with retirement residences and child development centres. If you have been admitted to the hospital for surgery, such as a joint replacement or heart surgery, chances are the physiotherapist was an important member of your health care team. Learn more about how you can access a physiotherapy services by visiting Access, Fees, and Coverage for Physiotherapy.

Your Member Benefits

    PABC members and their families now receive a 40% corporate discount at Steve Nash Fitness World (SNFW). Access 16+ locations and over 700 group fitness classes per week including: YOGA, CYCLE, BOOTCAMP AND MORE!

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    SILVER membership: Access to 16 SNFW locations, including our newest locations at Marine Gateway and Kelowna for $399 per year (plus 5% tax, no additional fees)
     
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    IF OVER 100 PABC MEMBERS/FAMILY MEMBERS SIGN UP FOR THE PRE-PAID OPTION BY OCTOBER 15, 2017, YOU WILL RECEIVE 1 FREE YEAR MEMBERSHIP which is an amazing deal! Encourage your family members and PABC colleagues to sign up.

    Option 2: Pre-authorized payment plan

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    Please note for Option 2 the following apply:

    Pro-rated Dues: Collected at time of enrollment these partial dues cover the use of the club until the first scheduled TAP date.
     
    Last Month Dues: Collected at time of enrollment; applied to final month of committed term or at the end of a month to month agreement. (equivalent to 2 bi-weekly payments)
     
    ACEF (Annual Club Enhancement Fee): All membership agreements include a $59.99 Annual Club Enhancement Fee (corporate block sales excluded). This fee applies to all NEW memberships and is not applicable to existing members who enrolled prior to its introduction in October 2012. This fee is automatically tapped 3-5 months after enrollment and annually on that date going forward. An ACEF is the industry standard to enhance facilities, services and programs above what the member currently pays for on monthly dues.

    Find out more about Steve Nash Fitness World classes and locations.

    How to sign up:

    1. Fill out our waiver release/credit card form.
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    3. Fitness World will confirm your PABC membership with the PABC office and your payment will be processed.
    4. You will be issued a gym access key card or you can use our Steve Nash App with barcode.
    5. Any questions – contact Marco (details listed below).

     

    Marco Damiani
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    778-706-0409
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    The virtual forum is a great place to discuss various physiotherapy related topics with other PABC members.  

    Special offers, including: free movie screenings, fashion show entries, discounted sporting events, are emailed to you as they are made available to our association.

    Your profile is listed for free in Find a Physio, PABC’s user-friendly online directory. Find a Physio is easily located on the main page of PABC’s website and is used by referring physicians, hospitals and other health clinics, as well as by the public. 

    Directions Newsletter keeps you up to date with Association business and member activities. Further, the CPA offers members other free CPA publications such as Physiotherapy Canada (a peer reviewed journal published four times per year) and Physiotherapy Practice magazine (published five times a year).

    At no cost to you, informative PABC-produced internet seminars are offered through the PABC Members Only site.

    As a member, post job vacancies, job availability and for sale or wanted items at no cost.

    As a PABC member, you have the opportunity to participate in setting the agenda for physiotherapy in the years ahead.

    As a PABC member, access our Members Only section on the PABC website. This exclusive area contains valuable, up to date information, including tailored guides, information on recommended fees, associate agreements, and communication/promotion for both private and public practices.

    PABC represents members' interests to government, health care stakeholders, public and media. As well, PABC works to position physiotherapists as leaders in healthcare and rehabilitation by way of promotional campaigns, lobbying, and collaborate projects.

    PABC is happy to offer members exclusive access to a member benefits program offering discounted products and services, including: theatre, hotels, attractions, movies, shopping, travel and much more through our discount partner Perkopolis. Click here for more details.

    In co-operation with CPA and your insurer, QBE (Lloyds of London), Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (“Gowlings”), offers summary pro bono legal advice to all physiotherapists participating in the Professional Liability Insurance Program. This service can help with your practice related questions.

    Through PABC and Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), members can keep informed of educational workshops, conferences, courses and practice tools.

    ODG is the database used by BC's insurers for return to work guidelines.

    To receive the 50% discount, use code BCPHYSIO on lifeisnow.ca.

    Pain Care Provider - Professional resources, including an educational facilitation package, patient handouts, MP3s, ebooks and discounts to Pain Care products - all improve the outcomes of your work with people in pain. NOTE: Available Jan 1 2016 onwards.

    Pain Care Pro - An indepth pain education and pain self-care curriculum. Guided by your expertise and these resources, your patients will attain less pain, more ease of movement, and greater function in life. 

    Through Manulife, PABC members have the opportunity to enroll in a special plan designed for self-employed physiotherapists, like yourself.

    Save money on home, condominium and tenant insurance through Mardon Insurance Group's PABC group program.

    Software Click4Time offers you a 20% discount and a free 30 day trial. To receive the discount, contact Chris Simpson.

    Additional valued-added services, special offers and savings programs are also available through CPA. Click here for more information.

    As a PABC member, save significantly on all PABC courses, lectures and vodcasts. Further, access exclusive PABC education events.

    CPA has partnered with BMS Insurance to provide CPA Professional Liability Insurance that protects you 24/7. CPA's insurance is for physios by physios, with profits being reinvested into CPA for a stronger Association.   

    Easily obtain valuable marketing advice and strategies, plus other useful information on private practice issues, including court and testimony, and writing medical-legal reports.

    As a member, access various knowledge toolkits and best practices guides through our knowledge broker in partnership with the PABC Knowledge Services Manager.

    As a valued PABC member, you have access to our Knowledge Centre, a unique clinical library service. Our Knowledge Services Manager, a professional librarian, is available to answer your questions about your clinical practice and research needs. As well, the Knowledge Services Manager delivers webinars and builds toolkits along with our PABC Knowledge Team.

    As a PABC member, obtain physiotherapy-specific advice from Alim Dhanji, CFP at Healthcare Financial Group Inc.

    PABC offers members the opportunity to network with other physiotherapists and professional leaders through various educational workshops, conferences and courses. As well, CPA further offers members the opportunity to be part of various CPA special interests groups and divisions.

    Physitrack, a global digital therapeutics provider, is an Endorsed Product Partner of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia. PABC members are eligible for  a 30% discount on their monthly Physitrack subscription. With the discount the $12.99/month subscription is  $8.99/month for PABC members.

    Physitrack provides physiotherapists with a cutting edge app that allows for:

    • Digital Home Exercise Prescription with 3000+ ultra high definition videos, voiced over by professional actors
    • A free app for patients to use that can be used on iPhone/iPad (iOS), Android devices and laptop or desktop computers
    • Data and outcomes management with in-app PROMs and realtime reporting
    • Data analytics with statistical modeling
    • Telemedicine (coming summer 2016)

    Test Physitrack for Free:

    You can learn more about Physitrack and test the technology for yourself at no cost by visiting the Physitrack website.

    Click "Free Demo" to evaluate the whole platform and functionality.

    You can also download the Physitrack app from the App Store via your iPhone or iPad.

    To Get Your 30% PABC Member Discount:

    Visit the website to register for a paid account here  »

    Once you get to the registration page, you will be asked to enter:

    • Name
    • Email
    • Agree to the Terms and Conditions (Which PABC has ensured meet all patient information security and privacy laws)
    • On the next screen, please be sure to select PABC as your affiliation and also enter "PABC + your Postal Code" in the Member Number field. Entering these two fields will ensure you get the PABC member discount for Physitrack which is $8.99 Canadian Dollars per month (full price is $12.99).

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