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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 can also provide general exercise programs to meet your flexibility, strength, or cardiovascular fitness goals.

Therapeutic Exercise is used to:

  1. Reduce pain

Some pain requires prescription medications or surgery to improve, while other types of pain can benefit from physiotherapy and exercise.

Researchers have been exploring the link between physiotherapy and a reduction in opioid use for patients managing chronic pain. Research shows people with new-onset chronic low back pain, those who had early physiotherapy intervention decreased opioid use in both the short term and long term. Studies examining the use of physical therapy for chronic low back pain — found opioids were prescribed less often during follow up healthcare visits when patients were referred to and participated in physiotherapy.

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

  1. Rehabilitation from Injury. 

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

  1. Reduce symptoms related to arthritis

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

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

  1. Shorten post-surgery recovery

Your doctor may recommend physical therapy in the weeks following surgery. Depending on the injury, surgical procedure, and 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.

  1. Support neurological conditions

Physiotherapy techniques may help support 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.


Our Team

All of our Physiotherapists have received a University education and are professionally registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba.

They are committed to providing professional evidence-based hands-on treatment, and education and exercises to help reduce your pain and restore your function and mobility. They pursue ongoing post-graduate courses to employ the most current techniques in their practice.

Angela Hazlewood BMR(PT) CAFCI ›

Lisa Poetker BMR(PT), CAFCI, Owner ›

Trista Neustaeter BMR(PT), BSc, CAFCI ›

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

Justina Nweke MPT, BMR(PT) ›

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

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.