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COVID-19 Appointment Protocol

While Revive Physiotherapy is now authorized by Ontario Public Health and the Ontario Physiotherapy Association to provide in-person care, there are a number of adjustments made to our appointment protocol that must be followed to ensure client, staff, and community safety with each visit.

Please review the following steps to be taken before, during, and after each in-person appointment at Revive Physiotherapy. We appreciate your willingness to follow these standards and promote health and safety for all


On the day of your first appointment with Revive, or your first appointment back, we will require you to fill out an online ‘Client Screening Questionnaire’ no more than 2 hours before your appointment. This form ensures you are an appropriate candidate for in-person care, and are comfortable with the risks associated with an in-person appointment.


Your Physiotherapist will be wearing a mask and gloves for the duration of your appointment. Please bring a mask from home. If you don’t have a mask, or forgot yours, masks will be provided for your appointment. If you are unable to wear a mask please let your physiotherapist know prior to your appointment


Please leave as many personal items (Jacket, hat, umbrella, bag etc) as possible in your vehicle. We are a bike friendly facility and will still allow bike storage inside the clinic during your appointment. If you ride your bike, please leave all belongings in your helmet, backpack, or next to your bike.


We are proud of the fun and laid back culture we have created at Revive, and usually welcome your guests to hang out during appointments. At this time we are asking clients to refrain from bringing guests along.

Clients under the age of 16 should still be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 


Upon entering and leaving the clinic you are required to sanitise your hands using the hand sanitiser provided. 


After entering the clinic and sanitising your hands, please stand behind the blue line marked on the floor as you wait for your physiotherapist to come and get you.

Please avoid touching any surfaces while you are waiting for your therapist. When they are available, your therapist will bring you to the treatment space for your appointment.

We will be removing all reading material and reusable coffee cups from the waiting area until further notice.


The appointment itself will take place fully in the physiotherapy space – only under specific circumstances will clients be using the gym space.

This may mean that certain equipment will be brought into the office for your use during the appointment. All equipment is thoroughly sanitised after each client’s use


Since we direct bill most insurance companies, contact with the front desk will be kept to a minimum. If you must make a payment, we can do so by e-transfer, a credit card on file, or through a contactless transaction. The Point of Sale system will be kept at a distance from the front desk, and you will be informed when to tap when the time comes. We will not be taking cash at this time.


You will be asked to sanitise your hands again when exiting the clinic. Paper masks can be disposed of in the garbage by the door. If you do wear a mask, please sanitise your hands again after removing it.

After you exit the clinic all surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised to be ready for the next patient.


Thanks so much for your cooperation. We can’t wait to see you all again while keeping it safe.


We’re Finally Back!

The re-opening of Revive Physiotherapy is very exciting news, particularly because it allows us to see all you wonderful people in the flesh once again. It’s definitely been a trying time for everyone; we’ve all drastically altered our lives to accommodate the situation before us. There is, yet, light at the end of the tunnel. 

We understand what a change of this magnitude can bring to our bodies; many of us have been completely displaced from our usual exercise routines and left to put together a rag-tag program. Pain, aches, and decreased levels of fitness are bound to arise, and often, we’re at a loss for how to attend to them. When you’re dealing with these worries, you just don’t feel quite at your best. We’re here to get you back on track; back to doing things that make you, you.

Just as your body can take a bit of a hit amidst months of general decreased activity, so too can you rebound, perhaps even better than before. The key is to do it intelligently, which is our expertise. Far too often, people begin to jump back into previous levels of activity without a plan, which can result in injury, pain, and set you back even further. 

No matter what ails you, we want to help you understand what’s going on, and craft a plan that best fits with your predicament. When you leave, we want you to feel confident in your ability to manage your problem. 

Starting from a comfortable baseline, we’ll guide you through a series of progressive sessions that lead to your ultimate goal – from rehabbing a particular injury to reaching new levels of fitness, and everything in between. The expectation is not to get you in for a predetermined number of visits for a predetermined amount of time; the goal is to work with you as a human being and adjust as your rehabilitation progresses.

When you see us, you’ll be getting 45 – 60 minutes of strict 1 on 1 time with your physiotherapist. There’ll be full gym access, and all necessary precautions will be in place (see above). We want your return to Revive to be a safe, impactful, and productive experience!

We can’t wait to see everyone again!

– The Revive Team

Exercise at Home During COVID-19 – A How To Webinar

Making the switch from daily life and routines to working out at home is tough. There are so many online classes/routines it’s overwhelming. How do you create a sustainable home workout program?

Join Julian Quaglia PT and Alan Richter PT of Revive Physiotherapy in Hamilton, Ontario as they walk you through the process of designing an intelliegent, custom, and targeted home workout program using equipment you may already have.

Wednesday May 13th. 5:30pm
Password: 3WsNx8

Click here to begin

10 Truths Everyone Should Know About Back Pain

An amazing article by a renowned pain expert Peter O’Sullivan recently appeared in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The reason we’re so excited about it, is it addressed some common misconceptions about low back pain.

At Revive Physiotherapy in Hamilton we pride ourselves on delivering the best care we can based on the most recent up to date evidence. There’s a lot of misinformation as well as fear mongering surrounding low back pain that doesn’t line up with years of well documented research. There’s a multibillion dollar industry surrounding selling ‘cures to pain’ so to see this type of editorial published is refreshing.

Here’s a quick summary of the main points of the article:

  1. Persistent back pain can be scary, but it’s rarely dangerous

    Persistent back pain can be really painful and feel disabling, but it’s rarely something dangerous for your health

  2. Getting older is NOT a cause of low back pain.

    We commonly attribute our aches and pain to age, but now the research shows that this is not the case. Pain can happen at any age and properly executed evidence-based treatments can help at any age.

  3. Persistent low back pain is rarely associated with actual physical damage.

    Sometimes it seems that we can ‘feel’ things going out of place. The truth is, we aren’t great at deciphering the cause of our sensations. Most instances of low back pain aren’t due to a specific injury, but due to many other factors such as stress, tension, fatigue, inactivity, or new activities that our body isn’t used to yet.

  4. Imaging such as x-ray/MRI rarely shows the real cause of low back pain.

    Many people want an x-ray or MRI to find out the ’cause’ of their low back pain. It gets sticky because ‘abnormal findings’ appearing on your scan also appear on the scans of people who don’t have back pain. Scans are best left to situations where ‘Red Flag Symptoms’ exist.

  5. Pain with exercise and movement doesn’t mean you are doing harm.

    When pain persists, the muscle and tissue around the spine can become sensitive to touch and movement. The pain you may feel with movement is more indicative of how sensitive you are to that position than how ‘damaged’ your back is.

  6. Back Pain is not caused by poor posture

    This is a big one. We get lots of calls and visits from clients who attribute their pain to their posture. The good news is that how we sit, stand, and move doesn’t cause our back pain, even if those positions may hurt. It’s safe to relax into various positions throughout the day.

  7. Back pain is NOT caused by a weak core.

    Another big one. People are often hard on themselves and attribute their back pain to a weak core. But, very often people with low back pain actually TENSE their core more than those without low back pain. Sure you need to be strong for day to day activities, but with back pain it’s better to learn to relax those muscles than to guard and create more tension.

  8. Backs do not wear out with everyday repetitive use or bending.

    Muscles get stronger when used and so do backs. Get out there, get strong, and have fun

  9. Pain flare ups don’t mean you’re damaging yourself.

    Pain flare ups are scary, but usually aren’t associated with a specific injury. Flare ups have more to do with poor sleep, low mood, lack of movement, new movements, worries, or stress. The trick to low back pain? Try and stay calm, move lots, and find ways to manage lifestyle factors that can trigger flare ups.

  10. Injections, surgeries and drugs usually aren’t a cure.

    Injections, Opioids, and surgeries come with inherent risks and often aren’t associated with better outcomes or reduced pain. Low-risk ways to put yourself in charge of your pain are the key.

It’s a lot to take in, and a lot of new and difficult information to digest. It doesn’t make it easier when lots of us have been hearing the opposite from our health care practitioners for many years. However, the evidence is both refreshing and hopeful. It means you can be in control of your body and confident in your ability to be active without fearing damaging yourself.

If you’re ready to take back your life, pain, and health in a way that uses the most up to date scientific research check us out at www.physioforme.ca or book an appointment online here

Back Pain treatment in Hamilton Ontario
A handy infographic summarising the facts about low back pain

Physiotherapy In Hamilton for Chronic Conditions

Studies have shown that nearly 50% of Canadians suffer from at least one chronic condition.

These include conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other forms of Arthritis, Diabetes, Hypertension, certain forms of Cancer, and Obesity.

There is strong evidence in the research to suggest that exercise is very important in the management of these conditions. It can be tough to get started on an exercise regimen when pain, and energy levels make it difficult to know the how, why, and when of exercise.

At Revive our Physiotherapists can help you develop a plan tailored to your individual needs to get you moving again in a way that makes you feel energized and strong, rather than exhausted and in more pain.

Call/e-mail/text us to learn how Physiotherapy can get you back on track. We’re conveniently located in the Kirkendall neighborhood of Hamilton. All appointments are one on one with a Physiotherapist who will give you their undivided attention to develop a plan that is designed for your unique needs.

Physiotherapy in Hamilton for Knee Pain

Knee pain affects many different people of all ages, from those who are active, such as runners and labourers to those who prefer light walking or light activity.

It is common to attribute knee pain as a normal part of the aging process, however, that isn’t the case. It is normal to have wear and tear on our joints as we get older, however, increasing pain that limits our daily functioning is NOT a normal part of aging. Given the right stimulus and joint care we should all be able to enjoy our favorite activities with minimal pain as we age.

There are a number of potential causes for knee pain and often the knee itself isn’t the culprit.

The knee is a weight bearing joint that moves in two directions, forward and back (with a bit of rotation right at the end), but, being trapped between two other joints, it relies on good stability and strength at the ankle and hip in order to maintain it’s stability and stay pain free.

Knee pain that progressively worsens often accompanies sudden increase in training volume or activity. It may be due to the strength of the muscles that cross the knee or strength needs up or down the chain (at the hip or ankle).

Recent changes in running or walking form, equipment changes, new inclines or surfaces can all cause knee pain.

A physiotherapist can assess the root cause of the pain and collaboratively develop a treatment plan to improve strength and stability around the knee, decrease pain and keep you active and/or working for the long haul.


To book an appointment with a Physiotherapist in Hamilton call or text 289-941-4878, or e-mail [email protected]