Rachel Onishi is a staff physiotherapist at ISM Rehab. She went to University of Waterloo for Health Studies. While completing her undergraduate degree she was considering medical school at the time. She decided to volunteer at the physiotherapy clinic in her 3rd year of undergraduate study, and from that experience she decided that physiotherapy was the career she wanted to follow. She successfully applied to Queen’s University with a Master’s in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, she worked in private practice and community clinics.
What do Physiotherapists Do?
I enjoy working in physiotherapy, as it is a very rewarding profession in terms of working with people and helping achieve their functional goals.
Physiotherapists are primary care providers – which means that patients can directly access physiotherapists without requiring a referral. Often patients receive a referral from a physician’s office; however, this is usually for insurance purposes to allow for coverage of the physiotherapy visit from the patient’s extended health care benefits.
Description of Physiotherapy in Canada, page 3, 2012 edition
Acupuncture, among treatment modalities, manual therapy and exercise prescriptions are ways physiotherapists help to improve patients’ physical function
Specialties and Areas of Focus in Physiotherapy
here are different areas a physiotherapist can work in:
Continuing Education for Physiotherapists
Learning does not stop after physiotherapy school. There are many continuing education courses that physiotherapists can complete, and many different directions a physiotherapist can go in to focus their practice.
For example, these special skills workshops go beyond what is taught in physiotherapy school, some of these courses is just on a weekend, a few weeks, or some a few years. Here are a few examples of some special skills workshops:
Rachel providing supervision and direction to Yuki, a McMaster Physiotherapy student