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Universal Health Care

All of our programs are individually tailored to your needs, and an educational component plays a vital role in helping you return to your pre-injury levels of lifestyle.

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  • Running assessments and consultations
  • Custom knee braces
  • Extended evening hours

Physiotherapy in Brantford

Physiotherapists at Universal Health Care specialize in a "hands-on" approach to rehabilitation. We spend one-on-one time with patients to provide a high quality of care.

During initial assessment, the physiotherapist will be evaluating joint, muscle and nerve function. A treatment plan will be devised to manage pain and dysfunction based on individual needs.

Physiotherapy and rehabilitation therapies are ideal for the following: sports/athletic injuries; neck, back and TMJ therapy; musculo-skeletal injuries; pain and stress management; post-motor vehicle accident injuries; workplace injuries and arthritic treatments.


Acupuncture is an alternative medicine treatment that involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific spots on the body. This treatment method encourages the body’s natural healing processes, reduces and/or relieves pain and helps improve function of the affected area. This treatment type is safe and there is minimal discomfort.

Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins, which help block pathways that relay pain messages. This results in pain relief, relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s systems.

A correct diagnosis is important before any decisions are made regarding therapy. Once the diagnosis is made, one of our qualified specialists can advise whether acupuncture is appropriate.

The number of treatments vary and depend on the individual and the condition being treated. Sessions usually run between 15 and 30 minutes and relief may be immediate, occur in a few hours or be experienced in a few days.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, and the goal is to lessen the stress and strain we pick up during day-to-day activities and work, including muscular overuse and chronic pain conditions. After a traumatic motor vehicle accident, massage therapy is an effective way to reduce the development of painful muscle patterning.

Beyond manual treatments, massage therapy plays an important role in the healing arts by focusing on prevention and education, encouraging mindfulness and self-awareness, boosting the body’s immune system and encouraging the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

When provided by a registered massage therapist, massage therapy can help with the following conditions:
  • Stress/tension relief
  • Pain relief (lower back/neck/shoulder)
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Athletic injuries
  • Strains, sprains and muscle spasms
  • Tendonitis/bursitis
  • Neuritis/neuralgia
  • Pregnancy discomfort
  • Osteoarthritis/ rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue
  • Post injury rehabilitation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Digestive discomforts/constipation

Motor Vehicle Injury Treatment

At Universal Health Care, we believe that early intervention is the key to restoring function and reducing the time necessary to return patients to their pre-injury lifestyle. We use a team approach for motor vehicle accident programs, and multidisciplinary education is used throughout the treatment course.

Most traumatic injuries, including motor vehicle accidents, involve soft tissue damage. We recommend registered massage therapy for treatment. The gentle manipulation of massage not only helps calm patients’ nerves and decrease swelling, it can also effectively address skin, muscle, tendon, ligament and joint capsule damage.

Relief of muscle tension is extremely important for anyone who has suffered an injury. Without it, you may suffer from anoxia, spasms, cramps and trigger points, as well as general decreases in joint range of motion. For ligament and joint stiffness, massage therapists are trained to manipulate joints and teach you stretches to do at home. The program itself is initiated utilizing the specialized techniques of the therapists, and an exercise program developed by a certified kinesiologist in collaboration with the physiotherapist. For some, acupuncture and active release techniques are utilized.

Custom Orthotics

Canadian Certified Pedorthist, Darlene Rempel, is trained in the manufacture, fitting and modification of foot appliances and footwear for the purposes of alleviating painful or debilitating conditions and providing assistance for abnormalities or limited actions of the lower limb.

Due to poor mechanics of the foot, including supination, pronation, fallen metatarsal arches, etc. many lower limb problems become evident over time. Most of these problems are overuse syndromes that are easily remedied by proper alignment of the foot. Orthotics have been extremely successful in the treatment of ailments such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, shin splints, bunions, arthritis, metatarsalgia, Morton's neuroma and others.

Most extended health care plans will cover the services of a Certified Pedorthist with a physician's script.