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Manitoba Physiotherapy Association

MPA provides leadership for and direction to the physiotherapy profession; fosters excellence in practice, education and research; and positions the physiotherapy profession as integral to the health and wellness of Manitobans.

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Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury, or disability. Through individualized treatments, physiotherapists can help you regain and maintain your mobility, and manage your condition independently.

Learn how to improve your quality of life and talk to a physiotherapist today.


Your physiotherapist has the ability to use a broad range of treatment techniques to help you get better.


A significant portion of work with your physiotherapist involves exercise. Your physiotherapist can help you recover from injury by prescribing exercises that can be done while at work or home. Exercises prescribed are often corrective functional exercises that will not only help you recover from injury but also prevent future injury.


Manual therapy 

Manual therapy refers to treatments administered directly by your therapist’s hands. All physiotherapists are trained in massage, muscle release, stretching, and mobilization of joints and soft tissues. 



Physiotherapists can pursue an aditional certification in acupuncture. Acupuncture involves using thin needles at specific points of the body to relieve pain and treat various physical disorders and systemic conditions.


Therapeutic Modalities  

Physiotherapists can use electrical currents, sound waves, ultraviolet rays and laser for promoting tissue healing. It is often in conjunction with other techniques, such as exercise and Manual therapy.


Hydrotherapy makes use of water to address your health concerns. You may receive treatment in either a whirlpool or swimming pool, which makes it easier to move your body. Or your physiotherapist might recommend contrasting hot and cold hand/foot baths, which addresses joint swelling and sensitivity.

Complimentary therapies

These techniques complement traditional physiotherapy treatment. Some names you may hear are Biofeedback, Craniosacral Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Healing Touch, Hellerwork, Myofascial Release, Visceral Mobilization, and Vodor.

Animal Rehabilitation

Specially trained physiotherapists can provide rehabilitation services including acupuncture to animals.



The College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) is the organization which regulates the practice of physiotherapy in Manitoba. People are encouraged to contact the Registrar if they have questions regarding:

  • Qualifications of physiotherapists
  • Information about the standards of the profession
  • Concerns and/or complaints against physiotherapists

To contact the College call 204-287-8502 or visit their website at www.manitobaphysio.com.


Many physiotherapists are dedicated to formal clinical research projects, with the goal of finding new or better ways to treat patients. Their studies are available in medical journals, making their findings accessible to all physiotherapists.

For more information on the only charitable organization in Canada dedicated to the funding of physiotherapy research see www.physiotherapyfoundation.ca.