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General Physiotherapy

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A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist provides a prenatal treatment to a pregnant womanOur bodies are wild and wonderful, but we’re not bullet — or baby —  proof.

Most of us have had some low back, shoulder, hip, foot, shoulder, wrist — and basically every other part — pain. Luckily, the physiotherapists at West End Mamas can help.  Our registered orthopedic physiotherapists assess and treat a wide range of conditions and injuries relating to the musculoskeletal system; both baby-related and even things that have nothing to do with being a parent.

Fun fact: at West End Mamas, we don’t only specialize in pregnancy-related ailments. We can help you with all types of discomfort, from knee and neck to shoulder and back pain, and more. With the West End Mamas physiotherapy team, you can rest assured you are in expert hands. While it’s possible that pelvic physiotherapy may be what originally brings you into our clinic, our physiotherapists are also very skilled regular physiotherapists.  You don’t need to go to another clinic for your shoulder pain!  We can treat it all in one place, even well after you’ve had your baby.  Patients can visit our physiotherapists at ANY time – whether you’ve had kiddos or not, and even if your kiddos are grown!

West End Mamas works with insurance companies to do online billing for treatments, whenever possible. Simply ask if your insurance company is compliant when you book your appointment.

Physiotherapy — What Every Mom & Mom-to-Be Needs

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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in TorontoNot-so-fun fact: approximately 50% of women will experience low back pain at some point during their pregnancy.

Low back pain is common during and after pregnancy for a variety of reasons. Hormonally, many changes are occurring. Mechanically, your body has shifted in numerous ways to accommodate your growing baby. These changes don’t only potentially result in back pain, but also other aches and pains, such as those in the groin and hip area. As a result, you may struggle to sleep or go about your regular day-to-day activities. 

Pregnancy further shifts your centre of gravity. This is a tough adjustment, which frequently leaves you feeling less balanced and less coordinated than usual. The postpartum period can also make you prone to injuries from even everyday repetitive actions, such as breastfeeding, holding the baby on one hip, or carrying strollers up and downstairs. Let’s face it, motherhood and aches can go hand-in-hand. Physiotherapy helps prevent and treat these issues. 

However, physiotherapy isn’t just for pregnancy or postnatal-related ailments. Our physiotherapists can also help treat chronic pain conditions and other injuries.  If you’re experiencing new or ongoing pain, our physiotherapy team can help.. We have the know-how and the techniques to get you back to the activities that you love to do. 

Orthopedic physiotherapy treatments in Newmarket and Toronto can prevent and treat:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Hip or groin pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Foot pain
  • Balance issues
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Wrist pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Mobility Issues
  • Repetitive strain injuries

Say goodbye to aches and hello to feeling good

Physiotherapy in Toronto & Newmarket

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At your first session with a West End Mamas orthopedic physiotherapist, you undergo a full and comprehensive assessment. Initially, your physiotherapist asks questions regarding your pain levels, past health history, and current health. Together, you determine the goals of your treatment.

From there, your physiotherapist performs various tests for strength, function, mobility, and flexibility. These tests provide a baseline to improve upon throughout your treatment plan. They also provide insight to help your physio determine what is causing your pain.

    After your initial assessment, your physiotherapist creates a treatment plan unique to you and your situation. Your treatment may involve:

    • Manual therapy
    • Prescribed exercises
    • Join and/or spinal mobilization
    • Acupuncture
    • And more!

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    Commonly Asked Questions About Physiotherapy

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    What is general physiotherapy (also known as orthopedic physiotherapy)?

    Orthopedic physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that treats injuries, conditions, and disorders relating to the muscles and bones of the body. This type of physiotherapy strives to improve strength, increase mobility, restore function, and decrease pain.

    Is orthopedic physiotherapy painful?

    Ideally, an orthopedic physiotherapist aims to help reduce your pain. However, on occasion, patients report that they do experience some increased pain and soreness after your initial assessment. This is due to the testing that takes place. After your assessment, treatment focuses on decreasing your pain and improving your function.

    How can orthopedic physiotherapy help during and after pregnancy?

    Orthopedic physiotherapy helps address the aches and pains that happen both alongside pregnancy, and afterward. For example, low back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy. Our West End Mamas orthopedic physiotherapists can help you experience a more comfortable pregnancy and recover better afterward.

    What if I have an injury that isn’t related to pregnancy?

    We can help! While our focus at West End Mamas is definitely prenatal and postnatal ailments, our orthopedic physiotherapists are still regular physiotherapists, and can absolutely to help you recover from a variety of ailments. 


    From knee pain to shoulder pain and more, our physiotherapists are experts when it comes to the muscles, ligaments, joints, and bones of the human body. If you’re experiencing pain from a new or old injury or you have a chronic pain condition, we can help you manage your pain and get on track toward a full recovery. Contact us today to book your appointment.

    Can a baby’s position cause back pain?

    The baby’s position in your womb, especially toward the end of your pregnancy, may cause increased back pain, but it’s not the only reason that back pain happens during pregnancy. As your baby grows, your spinal curvature will change (hellooooo sway back!) Your lower spine will curve inward, while the upper portion of your spine will curve outward. This can cause varying amounts of pain. During your pregnancy, your body also releases the hormone, relaxin. This hormone loosens your ligaments, which may also place strain on your back. The combination of relaxin as well as postural changes commonly causes back pain, but rest assured that it’s totally treatable.  Pregnancy doesn’t need to be painful.  We can help.

    How many orthopedic physio sessions are usually required?

    Usually, the number of times you see your physiotherapist is determined by you and your physio and is dependent on your injury or pain. Rest assured that we recognize that we’re all busy and we want you to return to normal as soon as possible. Our treatments are comprehensive and designed so that you will get relief in as few visits as possible.

    What happens on the first physiotherapy visit?

    At your first orthopedic physiotherapy visit, you undergo a full assessment. This includes testing your strength, function, flexibility, mobility, and range of motion. This helps your physiotherapist determine what is going on beneath the surface. Using this information, they can create an appropriate treatment plan custom for you and your issues.

    Is physiotherapy covered by my extended health insurance?

    Generally, if you have extended health benefits, you probably do have some coverage. Coverage can vary widely; we recommend checking with your insurance company to determine exactly how much coverage you have, if there’s a deductible and/or a policy maximum.  We are able to direct-bill through many insurance providers, which means that your company may even pay us directly! If you have any questions about your coverage, feel free to get in touch.


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    Complementary Services & Treatments

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    We provide a holistic approach to treatment, and have a wide variety of services that compliment each other. Click on the links below for more information about how our other services can help you on your path to motherhood.



    It is so important to take care of yourself when you’re caring for a baby in your womb or a child at home. West End Mamas has wonderful services that help pregnant women and mothers take control of their health. I came to WEM’s Toronto location for prenatal massage and acupuncture while I was pregnant, and again for pelvic floor physiotherapy during postpartum. Each specialist that I met with gave me excellent, nurturing care.e does and has a beautiful and calm energy about her that instantly makes you feel comfortable.  I trust her fully and she’s helped my back issues so much! Osteopathy: Cathy Boyce! I don’t even have words to explain how healing this woman is!!  She has magical powers…just book with her and you’ll see!! They have so much more going on here, I’m positive everyone is amazing! So so grateful I found WEM to help me on my journey through pregnancy and beyond :-))”

    – Kara Hendershot

    I have gone to West End Mama’s for prenatal and post natal care for both of my pregnancies. Most recently I have for prenatal massage and prenatal chiropractic care, both where I left feeling a lot better than when I entered! All practitioners take the time to listen, as well at get to helping with the route issue. WEM’s is a fantastic resource for women, and all the practitioners are women. I highly recommend their services.

    – Caitlin Wakefield