As a healthcare service provider, we will still require the use of masks while visiting Westcoast SCI.

Vancouver & Port Coquitlam Physiotherapy

Now Offering Face to Face and Tele-Rehabilitation Physiotherapy. We provide one-on-one, active-based care tailored to your individual needs.

SCI+, Kinesiology-Led Group Fitness Class

Join us on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays for a different workout each session that will combine aspects from Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, Strength & Conditioning and Mobility.

Physiotherapy in Vancouver & Port Coquitlam

Assessment and treatment of the body to improve, renew, and make the most of a person’s mobility, functional movement, and well-being.

Kinesiology in Vancouver & Port Coquitlam

Injury Rehabilitation through individualized exercise programs to increase strength, endurance, flexibility and mobility.

Port Coquitlam & Vancouver Physiotherapists

Quality one-on-one, personalized care. We know people are busy, that’s why you will never be left alone on heat and buzzy machines. Your entire session will be in front of your therapist. Never be left on your own again.

Port Coquitlam and Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic

All Your Rehabilitation Needs Under One Roof

In addition to physiotherapy, we offer services and educational presentations in various areas of fitness and injury prevention.
 

Featured Clinician

Jelena Toma Pelvic Health & Orthopaedic Physiotherapist Vancouver Port Coquitlam

Book with Jelena:

Jelena Toma, Registered Physiotherapist

Pelvic Health & Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

 

Jelena has gained experience with clients in a variety of clinical settings ranging from geriatrics to athletes. Her passion for orthopaedics and women’s health has led her to complete advanced manual therapy levels, as well as pelvic health post-graduate training in the assessment and treatment of incontinence and pelvic pain in men and women. Her treatment philosophy is focused on using manual therapy to optimize joint mobility, and evidence-based exercise prescription to create control and strength. She strives to educate and empower her clients to take control of their health, and to work as a team to achieve their goals.

In her spare time, you will find Jelena at the gym, going on hikes, or in the kitchen trying a new healthy recipe. She is looking forward to working with you on your health and fitness journey!

Hours:

Monday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Port Coquitlam)
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Vancouver)
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Port Coquitlam)
Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Vancouver)
Friday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Port Coquitlam)

Testimonials

CarrieCarrie
19:11 02 May 22
Hands down the best Physio I’ve been to. Aren was very thorough in his assessment and really helped treat and strengthen my injured area.
Lindsay SymondsLindsay Symonds
23:13 11 Apr 22
This is great place with friendly, knowledgeable staff from reception to clinicians. My PT was great and did a very thorough assessment. Huge bonus was also the electronic rehab plan they send you after with pics and instructions. Would highly recommend this place!
Neil RempelNeil Rempel
18:27 29 Mar 22
The best physio I've ever been to! The office staff are very professional & my therapist was very knowledgeable about why I was there. He did a thorough assessment before he started any treatment. Made sure he had all up to date medical reports beforehand.
Jaime ValenciaJaime Valencia
02:58 28 Feb 22
Very efficient professional and friendly staff. I've been working with Arne for a couple of months on reahbilitation of my knee improving every day.
Cormac O'ReillyCormac O'Reilly
20:39 15 Feb 22
Terrific from the receptionist to the physio team, the facility, everything about Westcoast is great. They have a very positive energy, provide amazing one-one support with a variety of exercises to keep you motivated and help you reach your physio goals.
Katherine L'HeureuxKatherine L'Heureux
21:32 07 Jan 22
I totally recommend Westcoast SCI Physio, they were accommodating to my schedule and fit me in right away. Everyone was very pleasant and friendly. Dom seemed very knowledgeable and I felt confident being in his hands.
Jack BakerJack Baker
02:14 14 Sep 21
I was recommended Westcoast SCI by a friend, and after looking around online at some other places I decided to book in with them.The booking process is really easy and once booked they send you emails with everything you need to know for your visit.My experience within was just as good, as soon as I walked through the door I was made to feel very comfortable by the receptionist.I booked in with Jack and he was great!He made me feel really comfortable and was very informative about my situation.The Clinic/Studio it’s self is amazing! A really awesome space. If you’re looking for a Physio don’t look any further! THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO!
Alexander JosephAlexander Joseph
05:09 10 Aug 21
Absolutely 💯 , if you are needing help in recovery this is the place to do it big thank you
Steve SummersSteve Summers
13:05 08 Aug 20
I had a full knee replacement and required a program to help strengthen the knee.My physio - Tom M.- Tested my abilities and devised a program that would stretch and strengthen these areas for both the knee that was replaced and the remaining knee which also has wear.I was impressed with the attention to detail and the caring that was given to help me make improvements and have more confidence with my new knee.Everyone i met from the reception to the physio wère very helpfull.
Katy HoKaty Ho
00:20 01 Aug 20
Very friendly staff! Westcoast SCI’s approach of 1 on 1 time with a physiotherapist results in an individualized, tailored exercise program that the client can easily follow at home. This has prevented my old injuries from recurring. Tom Michie has been fantastic in helping me return to running!
j yj y
04:39 31 Jul 20
We have been working with Eddie for 5 years and have moved into a virtual platform since Covid. The training continues to be excellent and super creative for one does not have a fully equipped gym at home like the physio studio. He focuses on areas we need to work on, inquiring on how we feel and adapting the session to our needs. Surprisingly, these virtual sessions are engaging and one feels completely exhausted from the energetic and varied program.
juliana kimjuliana kim
00:48 31 Jul 20
The staff is knowlegable, professional and result oriented. I am so happy I went to this place as I am on my way to recovery. This place has improved my life for the better. I am able to now be active and focus on my health.
Robbie PuddickRobbie Puddick
15:01 12 Jan 20
I’m a runner and after completing my second marathon this year, I got tendinopathy in my hip. I did the classic thing of just hoping it would disappear & carried on running, but it gradually got a bit worse. I knew Jack at Westcoast SCI from uni so I booked in an online session with him and explained what was happening and the type of pain I was receiving. He immediately knew what was going on, explained the 5 levels of load training required and I eased off of the running.It took time, as these injuries do, but Jack was there to advise at every stage of the injury - you could tell from his experience he’d seen this all before. Now, 6 months on - I’m back up to running 20/30 miles a week without any pain or discomfort. I'm also looking forward to another marathon in the spring without experiencing any pain! Doing physio can be frustrating as it is a process that needs time and commitment, fortunately when you’ve got someone of Jacks knowledge and experience, you know you’re in safe hands.

Serving the Tri-Cities and Metro Vancouver

Our physiotherapy clinics are located in Port Coquitlam and Vancouver.

Offering one-on-one physiotherapy, kinesiology, personal training, ICBC active rehab, TMJ, IMS dry needling, acupuncture, individualized running programs, pelvic floor and more.

Vancouver Physiotherapy clinic gym space

Voted Best Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver 2020 & 2019 in Top Choice Awards

Port Coquitlam Physiotherapy clinic gym space

Voted Best Physiotherapy and Best Health & Wellness Centre in Port Coquitlam in 2021 Tri-City News A-List Awards

Our Vision Manual Therapy in Vancouver and Port Coquitlam
Our Vision

We strive to staff a team of healthcare professionals committed to elevating the standards of care for everyone, to consistently aim to be better, now and for future generations.

Our Mission Physiotherapy in Vancouver and Port Coquitlam
Our Mission

It is our mission to inspire a healthier community by being honest, caring, and knowledgeable physiotherapists who take an integrative approach to support patients, communities, and each other.

Our Philosophy Kinesiology Personal Training in Vancouver and Port Coquitlam
Our Philosophy

Our personalized, research-driven, active-based care is tailored to your individual needs and long-term health. Your program and recovery will be custom for you, with complete care from manual therapy to exercise therapy delivered by a team of cutting-edge and compassionate physiotherapists & kinesiologists

Note: Our Port Coquitlam location has moved to: #111-2331 Marpole Ave.

At Westcoast SCI, we are going above and beyond the recommended safety precautions to keep our staff, clients, and community safe.
all of our employees are fully vaccinated, masks are mandatory in clinic, strict adherence to COVID-19 screening questionnaire, hand sanitizer stations, temperature checks, 2m distance between clients and plexiglass barriers at our front desk.

For more information, please check our COVID-19 Safety Plan or contact our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is treating disease, disability, injury, and disorders through physical methods such as manual therapy or massage, range of motion exercises, electrotherapy, heat therapy, and many other treatments. 

Physiotherapy treatments can help you achieve your goals of relieving pain, restoring physical function and improving mobility to resume activities of daily living (ADLs). Some ADL rehabilitation involves maintaining personal hygiene, managing continence, dressing, walking, and feeding. Also, improved coping in doing ADLs helps people to remain as independent as possible. 

Other physical therapy functions include conducting a physical examination and assessment, diagnosis, patient education, prognosis, physical intervention, rehabilitation, health promotion, and disease prevention.

What can physiotherapy help with?

Physiotherapy or physical therapy can help improve movement, reduce pain, speed up the healing process, and increase quality of life. This can include, but are not limited to: 

  • back and knee pain
  • neck pain
  • joint pain
  • aches, sprains, and other soft tissue injuries
  • arthritis
  • urinary and bowel incontinence
  • recovery from broken bones
  • neurological conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or multiple sclerosis
  • developmental delays in children
  • chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis
  • mobility and rehabilitation after surgery or a stroke
  • occupational health and safety

To work as a physiotherapist in Canada, you must register with the province’s regulatory body and hold at the bare minimum a bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.

When should I go to physiotherapy?

If you have an injury or condition that may affect how you function daily, you should go to physiotherapy. For example, after a heart attack or stroke, you can visit a physiotherapist for passive and active range-of-motion (ROM) exercises and strengthening. Passive ROM exercises are used to regain flexibility and mobility in muscles. These exercises are used to strengthen the communication between the brain and body for increased movement.

For relieving pain, physiotherapists have treatments involving acupuncture treatment, potentially recommending orthotics and custom knee braces management, compression stockings education, whiplash treatment (due to motor vehicle accident or other trauma), concussion management, and sports injury management. 

When you visit a physiotherapy clinic near you, a physical therapist (PT) should provide you with individualized prescribed exercises (in the form of drawings or videos) for your home exercise program.

What happens when you go to a physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist or physical therapist can do many types of treatments. The PT can decide which types of treatments will be most effective for your condition. 

Achieving your goals is easier with these treatments provided by professionals. Some of the physiotherapy clinics’ treatments involve soft and deep tissue massage therapy, trigger point therapy, dry needling, joint mobilizations, and postural corrections.

What can I expect at my first physio appointment?

You will fill out a comprehensive intake form when you book an appointment. When you arrive at the physiotherapy clinic, you may also be required to fill out other questionnaires related to your specific injury or condition. The physiotherapist will interview you for a detailed medical history. 

The physiotherapist will then observe your flexibility and check for pain on some basic movements like standing, sitting, or lying down. In other words, provide a thorough physical examination. 

This assessment will allow the physiotherapy and rehabilitation provider to develop a specific treatment plan for you. Wear clothing where your limbs can easily be observed, such as shorts and a T-shirt.

Is physiotherapy covered by insurance in BC?

Yes, physiotherapy is covered by insurance under extended healthcare plans (EHP), BC Medical Services Plan (MSP for those who qualify), and health trusts, covering the cost of medically-necessary rehabilitation services. Depending on your income, you should check if you are eligible for these insurances prior to coming in for your first visit. Also, registered physiotherapists in BC have services that are covered under these plans, which are tax-deductible. If you have an extended healthcare plan, it’s always recommended that you check with them how much coverage you have for physiotherapy prior to your initial assessment.

How much does physiotherapy cost in BC?

Bring your insurance plan information to facilitate direct billing with your insurance company. The cost of physiotherapy is varied in Canada. In BC, private initial assessment and treatment cost ranges from CA$ 90 – CA$ 145. Subsequent visits to a private health practitioner or physical therapist usually range from CA$ 85 – CA$ 140 per session. Active rehabilitation or exercises costs CA$ 80 per session. All of these costs may be full or partially covered by your insurance provider. 

Depending on your injury and treatment, onsite and virtual physiotherapy appointments may take anywhere from 30 min to 60 min depending on your unique situation. Sessions include one-on-one therapy, a supervised exercise or other treatment modality, and physiotherapy advice. 

If you are not sure how long to book your initial assessment, please contact us to find out more information.

What is physiotherapy treatment for back pain?

For different types of back pain, such as non-specific lower back pain, sciatic pain, or spinal stenosis — a physiotherapist may recommend a treatment plan that will likely include education around your condition, a home based exercise program, and self-management techniques. Your unique treatment plan may involve manual therapy, movement exercises, and progressive strengthening exercises. 

Manual therapy uses hands or other tools to relieve pain and stiffness, improve joints and muscles’ movement, and potentially enhance muscles’ strength. Movement exercises include those exercises that restore motion. If you have low back chronic pain, progressive strengthening exercises that focus on core stability can also help.

Should you do physio every day?

Some conditions do not resolve by themselves. Daily physiotherapy exercises assist in strengthening the muscles, reducing stiffness and pain. It really depends on the unique situation you have. When you come for your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will outline a custom treatment plan outlining exactly the recommendations, exercises, self management techniques, and expectations of what you should do on a daily basis between appointments.

Do you need a prescription for physiotherapy?

Licensed physiotherapists and physical therapists do not require a prescription for physiotherapy treatment. Physiotherapists are considered Primary Health Professionals since 1995. As such, these health care professionals may be visited without a referral from a physician.

However, in regards to your extended healthcare insurance coverage, we always recommend that the best practice is to contact your insurance provider prior to your initial assessment. Although it is a rare situation, some insurance plans require a doctor’s note for your physiotherapy sessions to be covered by your extended healthcare insurance provider.

What part(s) of the body does physiotherapy help treat?

Physiotherapy may treat any part of the body, from head to toe. Registered physiotherapists manage cardiovascular, skeletal, pulmonary, sensory and other systems and parts of the body. In particular, their specialized training enables them to assess and evaluate the most common problems such as chronic back pain, neck pain, fractures, strains, or sprains, concussions, and vertigo, which may require emergency treatment.


There are many treatments like pelvic floor physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy for sports injuries, naturopathic medicine treatments, laser therapy, acupuncture treatment, massage therapy, assessment and fitting for custom orthotics, and relief from chronic pain because of workplace injury incidents.

Take note that each treatment plan or outcome is unique per client, and proper assessment and evaluation should be practiced. Some illnesses require more aggressive treatment, while some conditions may go away in a short time. 

Usually, the therapists follow a holistic treatment plan where evaluation and recommendation for follow-up diagnostics are required. Follow-up diagnostic exams may be required when changes occur to rule out other illnesses, which may react adversely to the specific therapies. Also, monitoring and advice on lifestyle changes may prevent any possible worsening of these particular conditions. 

Seeking a physiotherapist (in Vancouver or Port Coquitlam, BC) for these ailments, including workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents, concussion, or sports injuries, may help you manage your pain or improve your overall mobility. For some, working with a physiotherapist may lead to early diagnosis and treatment of a more serious injury or condition which may require medical intervention, medical imaging or referral to a medical specialist.

What happens if you don’t do physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy or physical therapy focuses on how the body moves and functions. A large part of what a physiotherapist does includes teaching and prescribing rehabilitation exercises. A registered physiotherapist, or physiotherapy professional focuses on physiotherapy treatment (to improve joint mobility and pain, restore physical function, and relieve pain) in a clinic (therapy clinic and sports clinic).

If injured areas of the body can’t be moved due to sports or workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents, chronic pain, women’s health and chronic disease to name a few, there will be decreased blood flow to the area of concern. Increased blood flow is vital as it transports bodily fluids necessary for healing. By visiting physical therapists who provide physiotherapy care near you, one can expect improvements in their overall health and human function.

Physiotherapy services are covered by Extended Health Care Insurance Plans, including telemedicine (telerehab, virtual physiotherapy or online physiotherapy). However, visiting a physiotherapy clinic located near you for in-person care may be the best option for seeking the services of a registered physical therapist because of the need for specialized space and equipment.

How often should I go to physiotherapy?

This is really dependent on the reason for seeking treatment. A physiotherapist may recommend anywhere from once every two weeks to up to three times a week.

In-person visits or online consultations depend on the severity of the illness or condition. For example, if you had a minor sprain while jogging, this condition may go away in a few weeks. However, if you had a severe motor vehicle accident, you may spend more time for treatments and rehabilitation. 

For pain relief or other treatments, book an appointment at our physiotherapy clinic near you.