David Friesen

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About David Friesen

David Friesen is a registered physiotherapist at Propel Physiotherapy. He is focused on developing innovative and individualized programs to rehabilitate people who have sustained a neurological injury, including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, as well as complex orthopedic injuries.

Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training in Neurological Rehabilitation

Neurorehabilitation encompasses a wide range of medical interventions aimed at helping people recover from a nervous system injury, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, or spinal cord injury. The goal of neurorehabilitation is to optimize recovery, minimize compensations, and increase the intensity of skill practice¹. The human brain and body are extremely efficient at finding ways to accomplish tasks after an injury. However, even though the task gets accomplished, it might not be the best for your recovery. For example, if someone is trying to walk after a stroke, they will often lean to their stronger side and then [...]

By |2019-10-29T14:45:30+00:00October 28th, 2019|Neurological Injuries|0 Comments

Do I need a doctor’s note for physiotherapy?

BONUS QUESTION: DO I NEED A DOCTOR'S NOTE FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY? No, you do not need a doctor’s note to see a physiotherapist. A doctor’s referral is not required to see any health professional that is regulated by legislation that governs their professional college, like our therapists who are certified by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. These regulatory colleges serve to protect the public, making sure healthcare professionals are safe, ethical, and competent. Many clients believe that they require a doctor’s note to receive appropriate treatment from a registered physiotherapist, when in fact, a registered physiotherapist has the ability to [...]

By |2017-11-28T14:57:09+00:00November 30th, 2017|Physiotherapy|0 Comments

How Many Physiotherapy Sessions Will I Need?

In order to answer one of our most asked questions, we first need to delve into another popular question. So, this week, we are turning our AMA into a two-parter. QUESTION 4: WHAT HAPPENS IN A PHYSIOTHERAPY SESSION? If you are considering physiotherapy for an injury or have already been referred by a doctor or other healthcare professional and wondering what to expect from your treatment sessions, let us walk you through our standard approach. Initial Assessment Each physiotherapist’s initial assessment approach will differ slightly and will depend on the specific client and injury. In general terms, there are [...]

By |2019-02-15T19:20:32+00:00November 27th, 2017|Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Can Exercise Improve Brain Health?

Most people understand that exercise is important for the health of your physical body, but many are not aware of the effects of exercise on brain health. The benefits of exercise are numerous, and I think it is one of the most productive things you can do to ensure a long and healthy life. When it comes to the reasons why we should exercise, one of the best ways I have heard it described is that, “Exercise is the best medicine. Take it daily!” It not only helps you stay healthy, but can also act as the antidote for many [...]

By |2017-10-12T18:24:54+00:00January 12th, 2017|Exercise|0 Comments