Alice Li, BSc MSc
Alice completed her master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University and her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo.
Since graduating, Alice has successfully completed her Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic and Manipulative Physiotherapy: Level 1 Exam, and is working to pursue further Manual Therapy levels through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. As a strong believer in continuing education, Alice has completed training in Functional Integrated Acupuncture/Dry Needling for pain management and the Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy.
Alice has experience working with individuals with athletic injuries, degenerative conditions, work-related injuries, motor vehicle accident injuries, and postoperative conditions. She takes a detailed initial assessment to determine the cause of each condition, which allows her to design individualized treatment plans. She uses a hands-on approach to treatment, integrating patient education, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercises to facilitate recovery and prevent future re-injury.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the practice of improving your quality of life by promoting optimal mobility and overall health and well-being. Physiotherapy can also help to prevent illness and disease, manage acute and chronic conditions, and help you to rehabilitate from injury or the effects of disease or disability. It can also can help create for you maintenance plans that will prevent re-occurrence or re-injury. Physiotherapy has its basis in the movement sciences, and aims to enhance or restore the function of your entire body. One who practices physiotherapy is known as a physiotherapist.
How does a physiotherapist work?
After taking an initial health-history with you, your physiotherapist will also likely assess you via some physical tests or measures, such as your range of motion or flexibility. Then, you will be provided with a reasonable diagnosis, and together you can explore the various treatment methods and thereby devise an appropriate plan for treatment.
During the course of your treatment, your physiotherapist may incorporate massage, joint mobilization, personalized exercise regimens, and any other number of modalities aimed at improving your healing time and enhancing your functional mobility. You will also likely be given advice in regards to lifestyle changes that you can make to facilitate your treatment, e.g. mitigating work or home stressors that contribute to your main complaints. While many physiotherapists prefer to use a variety of machines in their practice, we at Yellow Gazebo feel that hands-on treatment is not only more enjoyable for you, the patient, but is also more effective in producing lasting results.
What can physiotherapy treat?
You can be helped with any or all of the following:
- sprains and strains
- joint injury or disability
- difficulty walking
- plantar fasciitis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- back pain
- neck pain
- joint pain
- athletic injury