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St. Vital Physiotherapy

Exercise Programs

Physiotherapists are exercise specialists. We prescribe specific, targeted exercise programs from a therapeutic level to advanced training. We also provide general exercise programs to meet your flexibility, strength, or cardiovascular fitness goals.

Therapeutic Exercise is used to:

  • Reduce pain

There are types of pain that require prescription medications or surgery to improve; others are relieved from physiotherapy and exercise.

Researchers have been exploring the link between patients using physiotherapy or opioids to manage chronic pain. Studies show those who used early physiotherapy intervention decreased their opioid use in both the short- and long-term. In addition, patients who used physical therapy for chronic low back pain prescribed to opioids less often during follow-up healthcare visits.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests physiotherapy as an effective option for managing pain instead of opioids.

  • Rehabilitation from Injury. 

Whether your injury is from sports, work, a motor vehicle accident, or just life, your recovery can be enhanced with targeted therapeutic exercise. Restoring muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and neuromuscular coordination are critical to ensuring a full and complete recovery.

  • Reduce symptoms related to arthritis

Joint inflammation, pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness can be debilitating symptoms caused by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. However, physiotherapy has the capacity to reduce symptom severity and boost your overall quality of life.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, physiotherapy can improve mobility and restore the use of affected joints, increase overall strength to help support joints, and maintain fitness levels.

  • Shorten post-surgery recovery

Your doctor may recommend physical therapy in the weeks following surgery. Depending on the injury, surgical procedure, and your overall health, treatment can last from a few weeks to several months.

Orthopedic physical therapy is designed to improve the range of motion, reduce pain, prevent excessive scar tissue buildup, and regain normal functioning after musculoskeletal surgery.

  • Support neurological conditions

Physiotherapy techniques supports symptoms caused by neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and issues related to spinal cord injuries.

Balance training can have positive effects that can last months after physiotherapy sessions have ended and has been shown to reduce falls and improve walking capacity.

A physiotherapist can also assist with symptom management for people living with multiple sclerosis. Common symptoms physical therapy can help with include balance, weakness, coordination, spasticity and flexibility, aerobic endurance, fatigue, and respiratory function.

To learn more about our exercise programs, please call 204-255-0597 or visit our team at 1555 St. Mary’s Road, just south of Meadowood Drive, where we serve communities in Royalwood, Riverpark South, Southdale, Southwood, Island Lakes and beyond!


Our Team

At St. Vital Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre, our team of Physiotherapists have all received a university education and are professionally registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba.

Angela Hazlewood BMR(PT) CAFCI ›

Lisa Poetker BMR(PT), CAFCI, Owner ›

Evelyn Lightly MCISc, BMR(PT), FCAMPT, CAFCI ›

Justina Nweke MPT, BMR(PT) ›

Jessalynn Engelberg B.Sc, MPT ›

Contact Us

Call Us for an Appointment

St. Vital Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Inc
L01 - 1555 St. Mary's Road
Winnipeg, MB R2M 5L9

(204) 255-0597 Book Online

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM

To accommodate the busy lifestyles of our clients, we offer a range of extended appointment hours including early mornings and evenings.