Physiotherapy in Guelph


Physiotherapy is the practice of improving a client’s function and well-being. Physiotherapy at Defy focuses on prevention of injury, optimizing movement and ability, and improving resiliency to life and sport stressors. During your physiotherapy treatments, you will be empowered to take control of your health and be an active participant in your injury rehab process.

Our team of highly skilled physiotherapists have many years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. We provide evidence based, innovative treatment to rehabilitate your injury and get you back to doing what you love.

All clients receive a comprehensive assessment, including listening to your subjective history and allowing you to tell your story, and thorough objective testing and movement screening. Your Physiotherapist will then create a game plan; you will receive a Plan of Action to take home that outlines our findings and recommended plan. Our goal is to not only eliminate your pain, but to have you leave here stronger than were before.

We are trained in many advanced concepts in Physiotherapy including:

Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation

KinetaCore Functional Dry Needling

A woman pressing dumbbells on an exercise ball doing physiotherapy.


Physiotherapy often comes to mind when someone is in pain. This can often be the best solution to your pain! Physiotherapists are trained to identify the source of your discomfort and create a plan for alleviating the symptoms. 

Physiotherapists are regulated healthcare professionals. 

At Defy, Physiotherapy involves more than just helping with pain. We employ a client-centred approach to Physiotherapy that focuses on achieving your goals. Our clients come to Physiotherapy with many different goals: to eliminate pain, to improve mobility, to rehabilitate after a joint replacement, to run faster, to lift heavier, to lift their grandchildren. 

Your Physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment to find the root of your issue. This includes listening to your unique story, assessing how you move, identifying where you have restrictions or strength limitations, and creating a Plan of Action that works towards achieving your goals. Physiotherapy will include a combination of hands-on manual therapy (joint mobilizations, soft tissue work, massage therapy) and exercise (stretching, mobility work, strengthening, return to sport drills). Your plan will be unique and will depend on where you are starting and where you want to go!

The intention of Physiotherapy is never to cause pain. Your assessment and any treatment is always optional and based on your consent. Consent means you are given the pros, cons/risks and alternatives to undergoing (or not undergoing) an assessment, test, or treatment, and that you are able to make a decision based on your wishes without feeling pressured. You are able to withdraw your consent at any time. Your Defy Physiotherapist will engage in continual dialogue with you to ensure you are staying on the same page and working toward your goals in a way in which you are comfortable.

During a Physiotherapy assessment, you may be asked to perform movements that might cause you pain or discomfort, or that might result in some pain or discomfort later that day. We always try our best to avoid this; figuring out what is painful is part of the process to help. It is never our intention to cause pain, and we encourage you to communicate with us if something is painful. 

After exercise, some individuals may experience delayed onset muscle soreness which can last 24-48 hours and feel like a sore muscle. In order to build strength, some soreness is normal. 

It is always worth discussing with your clinician if you have an unreasonable level of soreness or are worried.

Physiotherapists work in many different settings, including the community, sports events, and hospitals. 

Hospital-based physiotherapy ranges from helping individuals move after being bed-ridden, to rehabilitation from neurological incidents like having a stroke. There are Physiotherapists who work in cancer rehabilitation as well as in cardiac rehabilitation. 

Some Physiotherapists in the community will provide home care to individuals who cannot attend a clinic setting. 

Other Physiotherapists, like at Defy, practice Physiotherapy in Guelph in a private practice that focuses primarily on orthopaedic conditions. “Sport Physiotherapy” works with an athletic population that has goals of getting back to an active lifestyle. 

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a niche of Physiotherapy that focuses on issues within the “bike shorts region” including urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse, pelvic pain, Prepartum and postpartum wellness, and sexual concerns. Pelvic Health Physiotherapists have taken advanced training and can perform internal exams to assist with diagnosis and treatment of these issues.

At Defy we see clients with many different conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Sports training
  • Sports performance goals
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Wrist pain 
  • Shoulder pain
  • Ankle sprain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Foot pain 
  • Muscle strains
  • Fractures
  • Stress fractures 
  • Rotator cuff tear and/or Rotator cuff repair 
  • ACL tear and/or ACL reconstruction
  • Meniscus tear and/or meniscus repair
  • Hip replacements
  • Knee replacements 
  • Mobility restrictions 
  • Balance issues
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Groin pain