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The Physiotherapist’s Role in Health and Wellness

The Physiotherapist’s Role in Health and Wellness

The Physiotherapist’s Role in Health and Wellness

This course includes
54:00 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in August 2017


There is increasing interest in physiotherapists in the role of health, wellness, and prevention spaces. Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and exercise prescription. As primary healthcare providers, physiotherapists are in an ideal position to be connecting with individuals about aspects of healthy living and lifestyle.


Relevance to Physiotherapy Practice

Although equipped with the necessary skills and experience to help their clients with healthy lifestyle choices, many primary care providers are not providing health promotion services or speaking with their clients about healthy lifestyle practices.

Exercise and physical activity are often cited as two of the most beneficial practices for individuals to stay healthy and manage symptoms for many different chronic conditions (Adamson, Yang, & Motl, 2016; Barry, O'Neill, & Graham, 2016; Huang, Fang, Li, & Chen, 2016). However, many physiotherapists are unsure as to how to approach topics of weight management, stress reduction, and adherence to physical activity programs with their clients (Aweto, Oligbo, Fapojuwo, & Olawale, 2013; Goodgold, 2005), even though clients believe it is appropriate for them to do so (Black, Ingman, & Janes, 2016).

Having a resource to help guide physiotherapists through the scope of practice and best practices around health promotion guidelines will help them navigate this role.

The business of physiotherapist involvement in health and wellness is also a relatively grey area. Rules of practice and ethical considerations need to be taken into account.



This online course is for physiotherapists working in the private or public sector that have an interest in the role they can play in health, wellness, and prevention for all Canadians.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this online course participants will be able to:

  1. Create a template to incorporate health promotion questions into their daily practice and assessments.
  2. Be equipped with the current rules and regulations of provision of health and wellness services in the private sector regarding scope of practice, business considerations and ethical concerns.
  3. Identify the current gaps and unanswered questions in the role of health promotion in physiotherapy practice and advocate for the answers to these questions.


The Presenter: Christina Nowak, MSc(PT)

Christina Nowak finished her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2007. She then continued into her Masters of Physiotherapy at McMaster University, graduating in 2013. After graduation, she gained experience working in both the public and private sectors in outpatient orthopaedics focusing on exercise and soft tissue based therapies for the relief of muscle aches and pains.

She is a believer in the strength of exercise for rehabilitation, especially with older adults. This passion led her to begin her PhD in 2015 in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Ada Tang. Her doctoral studies look at the utilization of strength training principles for healthy aging and prevention of disability. She is currently completing her comprehensive examinations in which she is interested in evaluating the role of physiotherapists in health and wellness.

Christina is also the owner of STAVE OFF Physiotherapy & Exercise Facility, a clinic that focuses on preventative programs and exercise-focused rehabilitation practices. She has been working closely with the CPA and College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to advocate for the role of physiotherapists in all aspects of health.

The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Neurosciences Division

Welcome to the Neurosciences Division (NSD), a not-for-profit division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

We are a national organization operated by volunteers with a passion for neurological physiotherapy. We connect physiotherapists working in neurological settings to learning opportunities and a community of colleagues across the country.

The Neurosciences Division (NSD) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

Our Aim is to assist neuroscience physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants in enabling their clients to reach their full potential and participation in their communities through assessment, treatment, assistance, consultation, education, and research.

Course Material included in this course
  • The Physiotherapist’s Role in Health and Wellness: Canadian Context
  • The Physiotherapist’s Role in Health and Wellness: Canadian Context
  • The Physiotherapist’s Role in Health and Wellness: Canadian Context with Christina Nowak
  • Review Quiz
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