Athletic Therapy - Victoria BC | Pure Body Health

Athletic Therapy in Downtown Victoria, BC

What is Athletic Therapy?

Athletic Therapists are skilled healthcare professionals that specialize in providing care for orthopedic injuries (injuries to muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, joints), whether acute or chronic. Athletic Therapists are experts at injury assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention. Athletic Therapy treatments are based on the Sport Medicine Model, an active rehabilitation approach with an objective to find and treat the cause of conditions and not just the symptoms. This method also encourages the patient to follow an active approach to rehabilitating their injury rather than a passive, therapist-dependent approach or reliance on modalities. This leads to faster recovery, decreases risk of re-injury, and reinforces treatment outcomes. The treatment techniques that are used may include a combination of manual therapy, exercise therapy, as well as other therapeutic modalities. Athletic Therapists also using taping, bracing, and padding to support and protect joints to facilitate a safe return to activity. Athletic Therapists also are first responders, providing sideline emergency care for sports organizations.

Is Athletic Therapy Only For Athletes?

Nope! Athletic Therapy is for everyone! Whether you have suffered a physical injury during an activity, whether or not the injury is new or a chronic issue, Athletic Therapy is for you.

What to expect

Each appointment includes a:

  • Detailed history
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Treatment
  • Patient education
  • Home exercise program

Each client has their medical history and treatment goals examined at the beginning of the initial appointment. Subsequent appointments will have a shorter history that will be taken to obtain any new information.

Afterwards, patients will undergo a physical examination that includes a posture and gait analysis, a series of range of motion tests, functional testing, and palpation to determine the injury or condition.

Injury treatment is individualized for each patient, and may contain a combination of manual therapy, exercise therapy, and therapeutic modalities. Manual therapy techniques may include but are not limited to:

  • Active and passive soft tissue techniques
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • Assisted stretching
  • Myofascial trigger point release
  • Joint mobilizations

Following treatment, a home exercise program is created for the patient to compliment and reinforce the treatment received and patient education is persistent throughout the whole session.

What Should I Expect From These Appointments?

Each patient will go through a detailed history, functional injury and movement assessment, and testing to gain further information about the injury/condition. Patients will be taken through exercises for treatment and rehabilitation. This session is focused on developing a treatment plan that includes injury education and exercise prescription.

Initial Consultation: 60 minutes

Patients undergo a comprehensive assessment and testing to determine the injury/condition, followed by treatment using manual therapy, various modalities and exercise prescription. Please book for new injuries and initial appointments. Please wear appropriate clothing for sessions (shorts, t-shirt, sports bra).


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Follow-up: 60 minutes

Follow up treatment after an initial assessment. Please only book if you've undergone an initial assessment and if this appointment is for the same injury. Please wear appropriate clothing for sessions (shorts, t-shirt, sports bra).


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Follow-up: 45 minutes

Follow up treatment after an initial assessment. Please only book if you've undergone an initial assessment and if this appointment is for the same injury. Please wear appropriate clothing for sessions (shorts, t-shirt, sports bra).


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List of Insurance Companies

There are many insurance companies that cover Athletic Therapy, although some companies may not offer direct billing, and some require requests to add Athletic Therapy to their plan. It is therefore recommended that clients call their insurance companies to gauge their situation. Some examples of associations that cover Athletic Therapy are:

  • All Sport Insurance Marketing
  • Canadian Hockey Association
  • Co-Operators
  • Empire
  • Great West Life
  • Greenshield
  • Manulife
  • Sunlife
  • Canadian Athlete Insurance Plan (CAIP)