Physiotherapists are physical movement detectives. It’s their job to get to the root cause of an issue. Head, shoulders, knees and toes - all of these bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons are connected and impact the movement of each other. So while you may be having knee pain, it may actually be due to limited movement with your ankles.

Physiotherapy is focused on evaluating and diagnosing the root cause of the problem and then restoring and maintaining physical function and movement. It’s used as both a treatment and preventative technique. If you’ve got general aches and pains, or a known injury, physiotherapy is the perfect place to start in identifying the issue and working on getting it back to full health!

Our clinic and team’s holistic approach to health may lead to suggested exercises that also help improve the following as a part of physiotherapy treatment:

  • Strengthened muscles and endurance
  • Improved cardiopulmonary fitness levels
  • Restored mobility to those with neurological disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, or Parkinson’s disease

 

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Common injuries or conditions that can benefit from physiotherapy treatment:

  • General aches and pains (back, neck, ankle, knee, hip, etc.)
  • Limited movement and function
  • Sport injuries
  • Balance and coordination
  • Pre- and post-natal care
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis

Specialty equipment and services

We also offer select specialized physiotherapy treatments at MRU Injury & Prevention Clinic to better treat the problem and get function back.

 

Photo of the AlterG Antigravity Treadmill

AlterG Antigravity Treadmill

We are proud to have an in-house AlterG Antigravity Treadmill that can be incorporated into physiotherapy treatment. The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a revolutionary medical rehabilitation treadmill which enables increased movement with less or no pain. It gently lifts you via a pair of built-in shorts, allowing you to walk or run with less weight on the lower body.

Photo of a person recieving shock wave therapy

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

Shock Wave Therapy gently stimulates a healing response within chronically injured tissue, putting an end to pain. It does this through a rapid series of high-energy pressure waves delivered to the injured area.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy treatment focuses on improving your ability to perform everyday functions in life. Our occupational therapist specializes in custom splinting and rehabilitation for conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, mallet fingers, ulnar collateral tears, De Quervain's tenosynovitis, hand trauma, arthritis and other overuse injuries. No referral is necessary for Occupational Therapy, so if you’re suffering from hand or wrist pain, specialized Occupational Therapy treatment is a great place to start your recovery process.

Physiotherapy fees

Initial assessment

$100

Repeat visit

$90

Multi-part Treatment (40-minutes)

$105

Initial assessment

$85

Repeat visit

$75

Multi-part Treatment (40-minutes)

$90

Initial assessment

$95

Repeat visit

$85

Multi-part Treatment (40-minutes)

$100

Initial assessment

$100

Repeat visit

$90

Multi-part Treatment (40-minutes)

$105

 

 

Occupational therapy fees

Initial assessment

$100

Hand base splint

$125

Mid-forearm splint

$155

Initial assessment

$100

Hand base splint

$125

Mid-forearm splint

$155

Initial assessment

$100

Hand base splint

$125

Mid-forearm splint

$155

Initial assessment

$100

Hand base splint

$125

Mid-forearm splint

$155

 

 

AlterG Antigravity Treadmill fees

3 visits

$40 (each visit)

10x pass

$180

3 visits

$40 (each visit)

10x pass

$180

3 visits

$40 (each visit)

10x pass

$180

3 visits

$40 (each visit)

10x pass

$180

Meet our practitioners


Daniel Kim

Occupational Therapist

Daniel graduated from the University of Alberta in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy. He has over 20 years of experience with general splinting and over 10 years in plastics/hand trauma therapy. He started working in Edmonton at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, then spent 4 years in Toronto before coming to Calgary.

He has a keen interest in hand therapy, but he also has plenty of experience with foot orthotics, geriatrics, cognitive testing and general medicine occupational therapy.

Credentials
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta


Barb Taxbock

Physiotherapist

Barb has been practicing physiotherapy in Calgary since receiving her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2003. She enjoys working with a variety of populations from elite athletes to weekend warriors to desk jockeys. Barb looks for the root cause of a problem by using her biomechanics knowledge to analyze movement and muscle recruitment patterns. She enjoys working with the brain's role in creating compensation patterns and how to change these patterns in order to optimize function. She uses a combination of hands on manual therapy, IMS, acupuncture and specific exercise prescription. She also works as a pelvic health physiotherapist and uses this knowledge in treating all orthopaedic injuries.

Credentials
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy: University of Alberta (2003)
Bachelor of Kinesiology in Biomechanics (Hon): University of Calgary (2002)
Certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute — CAFCI (2003)
Intramuscular Stimulation — IMS (2005)
Member of Spinal Manipulation Roster Of Physiotherapy Alberta (2008)
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist (2016)


Heather Haywood-Jirka

Physiotherapist

Heather started working at Mount Royal University in 2011. She has over 20 years of Physical Therapy experience. Her diverse specialties include treatment of:

  • Sports injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Chronic pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Spine disorders
  • Gait and balance disturbances
  • Vestibular dysfunction

She is a member of the Spinal Manipulation Roster of Physiotherapy Alberta. In addition to her work at MRU, Heather also has a mobile Physical Therapy practice to treat seniors in the community. Her approach to Physical Therapy is very hands-on and individualized, with an emphasis on manual therapy, patient education and exercise instruction.

Credentials
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (Honours): Queen's University, Kingston
Member of Spinal Manipulation Roster Of Physiotherapy Alberta


Laura Loturco

Physiotherapist

Laura graduated in 2004 and worked in Brazil for 5 years before moving to Canada in 2009. Laura maintains an active interest in body mechanics, postural training and motor control. She implements a combination of manual therapy techniques and exercise-based therapy to assist patients in their recovery process. Laura is a strong believer in patient education and an individual approach to rehabilitation. She continues to further her education through courses and certificates relating to therapeutic exercise prescription, running injuries, movement assessment, postural training and scoliosis.

Credentials
Bachelor in Science in Physical Therapy: Pontificia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Brazil
Certified Global Postural Re-education Practitioner — GPR
Member of Dry Needling Roster of Physiotherapy Alberta


Ursula Paikos

Physiotherapist

Ursula earned her Bachelor of Science at St. Francis Xavier University before attending Curtin University in Perth, Australia. She has been practicing physiotherapy for over 19 years and has extensive experience treating patients with orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Ursula uses manual mobilization and soft tissue techniques including Graston technique as well as Dry Needling to restore functional movement patterns.

She is a compassionate physiotherapist with a hands-on approach to treatment and rehabilitation. As an active person, she understands the impact that immobility and injury can have on a person’s physical and emotional well-being. She finds great satisfaction in helping clients achieve their personal goals and improve their quality of life.

Credentials
Bachelor's Degree, Physical Education & Biology: St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
Registered Massage Therapist: Rocky Mountain Academy, Calgary
Bachelor's Degree, Physiotherapy: Curtin University, Perth, Australia

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Address

4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB T3E 6K6
U216, Wellness Services

 

 

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.