Physiotherapy Ottawa, Barrhaven & Nepean

Make the most of every motion

Physiotherapy is a powerful, safe way to address pain, diagnose and treat chronic conditions or acute injuries, and recover from surgery. It helps rehabilitate your body’s movement and function if it’s affected by injury, illness or disability.

We offer a comprehensive approach to your health and wellness through our dynamic range of services and treatments. We’re devoted to getting results by putting you on a speedier path to recovery. With our help, you can restore, maintain and maximise your strength, mobility and overall well-being. We offer:

  • Award-winning physiotherapists
  • Effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions
  • Direct billing and financing options

Get back to living the kind of active, healthy life you deserve.

Ottawa Physiotherapist Johanne Gordon

Johanne Gordon

Registered Physiotherapist

Ottawa's Best Physiotherapy Clinic 2022 Award - Faces Magazine
Ottawa's Best Physiotherapy Clinic 2021 Award - Faces Magazine
Ottawa's Best Physiotherapist 2021 Nominee - Faces Magazine - Johanne Gordon
Ottawa's Best Physiotherapy Clinic 2020 Award - Faces Magazine
Ottawa's Best Physiotherapist 2020 Award - Faces Magazine - Johanne Gordon

Michael McCreight

Registered Physiotherapist

Ottawa's Best Physiotherapy Clinic 2022 Award - Faces Magazine
Ottawa's Best Physiotherapist 2022 Award - Faces Magazine - Michael McCreight
Ottawa's Best Physiotherapy Clinic 2021 Award - Faces Magazine
Ottawa's Best Physiotherapist 2021 Award - Faces Magazine - Michael McCreight
Ottawa's Best Physiotherapy Clinic 2020 Award - Faces Magazine

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    Hours of operation

    Monday to Thursday: 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM
    Friday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
    Saturday: Appointment only
    Sunday: Closed

    Please be aware of our cancellation policy.

    Ottawa physiotherapy treatment

    Physiotherapy can treat an incredibly broad range of injuries and conditions. It can be used to treat sports injuries, motor vehicle accident-related injuries, sprains and strains that can happen at home or at work, and so much more — including pre and post operative physiotherapy.

    Head and neck:

    • Post-concussive syndrome,
    • Neurological disorders
    • TMJ syndrome (jaw joint/muscle pain)
    • Dizziness, vertigo, imbalance
    • Whiplash

    Arm and shoulder

    • Frozen shoulder
    • Impingement
    • Tendonitis
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Leg and lower body

    • Knee ligament sprains and tears
    • Shin splints
    • Ankle sprains
    • Foot and heel pain
    • Plantar fasciitis


    • Pain
    • Sciatica

    Post-operative recovery

    Paediatric conditions


    Chronic pain

    Our physiotherapy treatment methods

    Our award-winning team of registered physiotherapists will take all the time and consideration needed to listen and get a firm understanding of your symptoms. With access to a wide range of diagnostic tests, we’ll assess and identify the underlying cause of your pain and dysfunction. We believe in being completely transparent and keeping you informed throughout the process as we create and implement your custom treatment plan.

    After your first session, your physiotherapist will develop a treatment program that could involve techniques like manual manipulation and soft tissue release, while taking you through a series of exercises and stretches that you can perform at home.

    Our physiotherapists are constantly learning and updating their methods, using the most up-to-date techniques, tools and treatments. Physiotherapy machines play an important role in your treatment, but we don’t believe in just slapping a device on you and walking away. An Elysian physiotherapist’s full focus and attention is always on you. They continuously monitor and assess your body’s response, making sure our machines are giving you the maximum benefit of the treatment, so you can feel better, faster.

    Some of the possible treatments and machines they may prescribe for you in one of our Ottawa clinics include:

    • IFC (interferential current)
    • Therapeutic ultrasound
    • TENS machine (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
    • EMS machine (electrical muscle stimulation)
    • Low level laser therapy (LLLT) (also known as cold laser)
    • Thermophore heating
    • Percussive therapy
    • Dynamic taping and kinesiology taping
    • Acupuncture, acupuncture stimulator and dry needling
    • Cupping therapy
    • IV therapy Bells Corners only
    • Cold plunge therapy Bells Corners only
    • Shockwave therapy Bells Corners only
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    Frequently asked physiotherapy questions

    Do I need a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy treatment?

    Physiotherapy does not require a doctor’s referral or prescription, as physiotherapists are considered primary health care practitioners in Ontario. Some private insurance companies require a medical referral to ensure your coverage, so it’s best to check with your insurance provider if you’re unsure. But if you’re hurt or in pain, don’t wait — call us right away, or fill out our online form and we’ll contact you.

    How often does the physiotherapist need to see me?

    There is no definitive answer to this question — it depends on your circumstances (like age and medical history) and the type of injury or condition. Once your physiotherapist has a firm understanding of your situation and develops your treatment program, they’ll recommend how often they need to see you. It also depends on your progress, which can depend on your commitment to your treatment program. We find that people who attend the recommended treatment sessions and follow the at-home care instructions from their physiotherapist typically recover the quickest.

    What should I bring to my first appointment?

    If you have a doctor’s referral, please bring it with you to your first visit. It may help with the diagnostic process, and your insurer may request it (if you’re privately insured). If you have extended health coverage, please bring your insurance card with you so we can process your claim for you (if you’re eligible for direct billing).

    How should I dress?

    Loose-fitting clothing is ideal, especially around the area your physiotherapist will be assessing and treating. For example, if you have a shoulder injury, it would be ideal to wear a tank top so your physiotherapist can have easier access to assess and treat the area. If it’s your knee, then wear some shorts or bring them with you to change into.

    What if my condition or injury returns?

    A flare-up or re-aggravation is quite common when it comes to injuries and conditions. If you re-aggravate an injury or condition, be sure to give us a call to book an appointment. We can treat you through the immediate symptoms and get you right back on track.

    Is physiotherapy painful?

    Physiotherapy’s primary objective is to reduce pain, increase range of motion, decrease symptoms, and help you recover as quickly as possible. Some physiotherapy treatments may cause some discomfort, but nowhere near the kind of pain you’re suffering with a chronic condition or injury. Afterwards, you will feel much more relief. As physical therapy does require you to actively engage in your rehabilitation, it may cause a bit of discomfort during treatment, but after you will feel much, much better.

    Types of physiotherapy treatments we offer

    Sports physiotherapy

    Sports injuries can be a reoccurring pain.

    Sports physiotherapy deals with the treatment, management and prevention of muscle, joint and skeletal issues resulting from sport and exercise. This doesn’t mean that you have to be an elite-level or professional athlete to sustain a sports injury. Those that can benefit from sports physiotherapy are people of all ages and at all levels of ability who lead an active lifestyle.

    Sports and exercise can place demands upon the body, and stresses on muscles, joints, and bones that can take us to the limit. Our physiotherapists help athletes of all levels recover from sporting injuries and provide education and resources to prevent injuries from reoccurring.

    Are you ready to get back in the game stronger than ever? Read more >

    Motor vehicle accident (MVA) physiotherapy

    Unfortunately, injuries from auto accidents are all too common. They can be severe and cause substantial pain and suffering. Sustaining an auto injury can also result in lost work time and cause serious difficulties performing common every-day activities. Vehicle accident injuries can be complicated to treat, requiring detailed treatment plans involving multiple methods. With all the complexities of MVA injuries, you’ll want a physiotherapist with significant expertise and experience in treating MVA issues.

    While many motor vehicle accident injuries are immediate and obvious, many others can be delayed or subtle, but no less serious. It’s vital to seek treatment right away — as quickly as possible. Our physiotherapists will take meticulous care in assessing and diagnosing your injuries while devising a thorough treatment plan to start your recovery.

    Once you report your MVA to your insurer, all you have to do is provide us with the claim number, and your insurer’s name and policy number, and we can take it from there. We’ll manage your claim from start to finish, so you can focus exclusively on your recovery. Read more >

    Pre and post operative (orthopaedic) physiotherapy

    Are you preparing for (or recovering from) an operation? We know how stressful this can be, both physically and emotionally. Pre and post-operative physiotherapy is crucial and can make all the difference for faster and more effective healing and recovery. Whether it’s knee, hip, back, or any other orthopaedic surgery, our physiotherapists are trained to give you a preoperative examination and devise a customised treatment and prevention plan for your postoperative care.

    There’s no doubt about it, a physiotherapy program can help you recover faster. You’ll see a rapid decrease of stiffness and pain, and quicker increase of your mobility and strength.
    Don’t go through the pain of surgery without including pre and post-operative physiotherapy. Your body will thank you! Read more >

    Neurological rehabilitation

    We know how daunting being diagnosed with a neurological condition can be, and how it can affect all areas of your life. Neurological rehabilitation patients may suffer from conditions like paediatric brain injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and others.

    Our team of physiotherapists are trained in neurological rehabilitation. We can help improve important functions such as balance and coordination, improve muscle strength, and correct improper movement patterns. It’s designed to boost and enhance your ability to live an independent life, and can take care of your daily needs yourself.

    Concussion rehabilitation

    The effects from concussions can be serious. 85% to 90% of all concussion injuries can clear up within 7-10 days. However, the other 10-15% of injuries will persist with more prolonged symptoms. It’s imperative to seek a proper medical assessment and treatment if you suspect you’ve suffered a concussion. Untreated symptoms can linger and potentially never fully resolve. In rare cases, untreated symptoms have become fatal.

    Post-concussion syndrome occurs when symptoms linger beyond a normal recovery time of 3 to 4 weeks. For years, medical advice after a concussion directed patients to spend their days in dark, quiet rooms and avoid any electronic devices and screen time, reading, exercising and even socialising.

    Resting and sleep are still essential elements of concussion recovery, but our physiotherapists can help treat whiplash associated with a concussion, provide gentle treatment to help reduce your symptoms and improve your recovery time. We can also make supplement and diet recommendations that go hand in hand with your physical treatment, to aid your recovery.

    Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT)

    Balance disorders can strike at any age. If you’re feeling dizziness or vertigo, you could be experiencing symptoms of a vestibular balance disorder. The vestibular system of the inner ear and brain helps control our balance. Conditions or damage to this processing area can have symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and imbalance.

    Your physiotherapist can help treat these balance disorders with vestibular rehabilitation that includes gentle cranial techniques to help relieve your symptoms, and an exercise-based program that helps your body compensate for vestibular damage and conditions. We’ll help alleviate your symptoms while training your brain and body to use your other senses to assist your vestibular system.

    Geriatric physiotherapy

    Ageing doesn’t have to mean living a less robust life. To maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, seniors can seek care for common issues such as arthritis, chronic pain, balance impairment, musculoskeletal problems, neurological dysfunctions (such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s) and incontinence.

    Our physiotherapists are experts at helping treat these conditions to boost the quality of life for seniors. Therapy will incorporate some gentle hands-on remedies, exercises and treatments such as cold laser therapy that can improve healing by up to 40% in chronic cases. Physical therapy and geriatric rehabilitation are safe, natural, and improves overall strength and physical condition.

    Trigger point dry needling

    Dry needling is a treatment used to relieve muscle pain, spasms and knots. It looks similar to acupuncture but there’s a key difference. A dry needling practitioner inserts short, thin, stainless steel needles directly into affected muscles to help release knots, relieve muscle pain and spasms and improve range of motion.

    Acupuncturists insert needles in acupuncture points — anatomical locations on the skin — to help release endorphins, have a positive effect on the nervous system and align your internal energy.

    Dry needling is great for treating:

    • Acute/chronic injuries
    • Muscle knots, spasms and tension
    • Headaches and migraines
    • Neck/back pain
    • Tendonitis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
    • Overuse injuries

    Dynamic taping

    Dynamic tape is used by athletes at the highest levels of sports around the world. This strongly elastic tape has very strong resistance and recoil which acts as a bungee-like effect that supports joints and muscles.

    Our physiotherapists can use dynamic tape with you to help stabilise or support an injured area. It is extremely soft, highly conformable, breathable, and water-resistant — and just might be the most comfortable athletic tape on the market. We can help relieve your pain by using the tape to help de-load tender, painful areas, or to help facilitate more normal movement, muscle action, or posture.

    Percussive therapy

    Percussive therapy is a treatment method that uses rapid, concentrated, short-duration pulses that resonate deep into your body’s tissues. These deep pulses increase blood flow to damaged areas to accelerate growth and repair. Providing deep pulses and muscle stimulation, percussive therapy can also gently stretch your muscles to help improve mobility and ease pain. You’ll feel much-needed pain relief, increased range of motion and function, and better overall performance and responsiveness.

    Percussive therapy is an excellent treatment for many common injuries and conditions, helps with recovery after training, helps break up muscle knots and scar tissue, and is used in combination with many other rehabilitation treatments.

    Shockwave therapy (Bells Corners only)

    Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy and sports medicine. The “shockwave” is simply a sound wave that delivers energy to painful spots and enhances blood circulation. It promotes regeneration and repair of your bones and soft tissues, and helps ease pain.

    Shockwave therapy triggers the body’s natural healing response and many patients feel reduced pain and better mobility after just one treatment. It’s a great option if you have persistent chronic pain and injuries, especially those involving connective tissue like ligaments and tendons in your shoulder, back, heels, knees or elbows. There’s no anaesthesia or other drugs required and it has very limited side effects. Read more >

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    Physiotherapy education

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    Sports physiotherapy

    Sports physiotherapy is a customised approach that helps athletes achieve their peak performance. It can include techniques and exercises aimed at improving strength, flexibility and coordination. Often there’s also a strong injury prevention focus, and as needed, injury recovery.

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    Motor Vehicle Accident Physiotherapy

    If you’ve been in an accident, it’s important to have an assessment even if you feel OK. You may have minor injuries that could lead to chronic issues if left untreated. If you definitely have injuries, we can help you with your insurance claim, and are licensed by the FSRA to directly bill your insurer.

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    Pre and post operative (orthopaedic) physiotherapy

    If you’ve got upcoming surgery, the Elysian Wellness team can help you with a customised plan to help you recovery faster. Our physiotherapists can also help you reduce pain and swelling, improve your strength and range of motion, and can even help you avoid post-operative complications like blood clots.

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    10 reasons to see a physiotherapist

    Physiotherapy is a great solution for those who are recovering from work- or sports-related injuries. But it’s also ideal for people who need to improve their overall strength and range of motion. There are a whole host of other situations where physio can vastly improve your quality of life too.

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    Physiotherapy for pregnancy

    Moms-to-be have to deal with everything from swollen limbs to an aching back. Physiotherapy can help you minimise these and other pregnancy issues, and can help you prepare for labour. Our physiotherapists can create a custom plan that adapts as your pregnancy progresses — and reduces your stress so you can enjoy the adventure.

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    Chiro or physio? What’s best for you?

    Chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy are both great approaches to improve your health. But sometimes one is slightly better for your situation. This article helps you understand the similarities and differences. Don’t worry, though, if you’re not sure which way to go — we’d be happy to give you a free phone consultation to help you get started.