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Physio Qs: What is the difference between PHYSIO and PHYSICAL Therapy?


In this week’s video, listen to Jessica Kauffmann, co-owner of NorCal Physio, answer the question, “What is the difference between Physio and Physical Therapy?”.

Because our name is NorCal Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences, we often get this question. I get it, it is a little confusing at first. But trust us - there's a reason we chose that name.

So, what is the difference between Physio and Physical Therapy?

Here’s the answer to that question: nothing. Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy are synonymous. Often, it is location and regional difference. Canada and the UK typically call it Physiotherapy and the US calls it Physical Therapy. That's really the only difference.

So why did we name our clinic NorCal Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences?

Because we wanted to set ourselves apart from typical Physical Therapy.

As one patient said-

"I was at another PT clinic and I felt like they didn’t get me. Or even try to understand me.

I was using an arm bike, doing basic shoulder exercises, and becoming depressed. I don’t want my grandma's physical therapy. I want to lift weights again. I want to deadlift. I need to get back to working out. I want to get back to competing in Strongman competitions."

That’s exactly what we do. Cuz we are different.

 From the time you see our name, your experience will be different.

 Treatment at NorCal Physio is not what you typically think of when you hear Physical Therapy. Here are the 3 differences that set us apart:

  1. We listen to you and actively seek to understand your goals
  2. All our sessions are one-on-one with your doctor of physical therapy
  3. We combine manual therapy and strength training for a performance centric experience

Think of NorCal Physio as "Rehab meets Performance Training".


So what’s the difference between Physio and Physical Therapy?

What’s the difference between NorCal Physio and the other Physical Therapy clinics?

Do you want to experience the difference? Schedule a session with us now on our booking page. Does this sound too good to be true? Fill out our Contact Form to schedule a call with us to find out how we can help your specific needs.

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1. Schedule a Physio Eval with us now on our booking page.

2. Fill out the form below and we will contact you. It's that simple.

We are excited to get the chance to work with you! One of our owners, Jessica, will reach out directly to you to assist.


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