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902-798-2888

   About

About

West Hants Physiotherapy is the only local One on One physiotherapy clinic where the physiotherapist assesses, treats and monitors your progress every step of the way from your very first visit to discharge. We are located in the Payzant Medical Centre behind the hospital at 59 Payzant Drive in beautiful

Windsor Nova Scotia. 

 

We help you restore function and mobility through exercises, stretches, manual therapy, modalities, massage, taping and education using the latest evidence based treatments.

Our physiotherapists are members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and are registered with the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists, the licensing body for the province.

 
Steve McGirr
Owner & Physiotherapist

   After graduating from Dalhousie University in 1998, Steve, an officer in the military, spent many years treating serving members in Petawawa, Trenton, Stadacona and Shearwater before retiring with 26 years of service from the Canadian Forces in 2010. He now serves the people of Hants county and surrounding areas from the West Hants Physiotherapy practise. He truly enjoys getting patients back to maximal health and function again and also enjoys getting to know his patients beyond their injury.

   Steve enjoys treating everyone from the student athletes to our older population, wanting to maintain independence and improve their quality of life.

   Steve has four beautiful children, Kirstyn Sabrina, Sarah and Jack and resides in Beaver Bank with his wife Heather.

Heather McGirr 
Owner & Physiotherapist

   Heather received a degree in Biology from nearby Acadia University in 1995 and went on to obtain her Physiotherapy degree in 1998 from Dalhousie. As a practising physiotherapist for 21 years, working in many ares such as hospitals, Long Term Care, private practise, military bases and homecare, she decided to branch out on her own and started Health at Home Physiotherapy Ltd, a community based service dedicated to those who find it to leave the home to access treatment. Since this time, Heather has gone on to open Uniacke Physiotherapy Services and West Hants Physiotherapy.

   Of importance to her was that each clinic must be a One-on-One clinic. This means you have the undivided attention of your physiotherapist for the duration of your treatment and no tasks are delegated to support staff. This format has been extremely well received as patients feel heard and never rushed.

   Heather's time outside of work is spent inside local school gymnasiums cheering on her children court side at their basketball games and playing with her dogs Kodiak and Raven.

WHAT IS ONE ON ONE PHYSIOTHERAPY?

 

You are paying for the services of a physiotherapist, so the care you receive should be from a physiotherapist. Most physiotherapy clinics hire support staff, such as physiotherapist assistants or kinesiologists. At West Hants Physiotherapy, you see the physiotherapist for the duration of your appointment, every appointment. Our therapists spend as much time as is necessary to provide you with the care you need. You will never feel rushed and will leave knowing you have been heard, understood and all your questions have been answered.

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What We Do

Physiotherapy

Our Physiotherapists work with you to help improve your quality of life by:

-Optimizing your mobility
-Preventing disease, injury and disability
-Treating acute and chronic conditions and activity limitations
-Helping you improve or maintain your independence
-Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease
-Address your symptoms and their underlying causes that prevent you from living your best life

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy primarily consists of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body to improve health and well being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be maintained or improved, and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage therapy.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a type of healthcare that helps to solve the problems that interfere with a person's ability to do the things that are important to them. Things like self care (dressing, eating, moving around the house), being productive- going to work or school, participating in the community and addressing equipment needs for the home and work to optimize abilities.

Services

Pain, injury and limited mobility mean that you enjoy your life less. Our mission is to provide outstanding physiotherapy to residents of Windsor and surrounding communities. We help you move forward toward better health!

 

Acupuncture

Fine guage needles that are inserted to stimulate specific points on the body to help recover from injury, relieve pain and improve blood flow.

Therapeutic modalities 

Electrical, thermal or mechanical energy used to cause specific physiological changes. These agents are used to relieve pain, decrease swelling, improve circulation and decrease muscle spasm. 

Vestibular Rehab

Problems with vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and/or balance.
Other problems can also arise that are secondary to vestibular disorders, such as nausea and/or vomiting, reduced ability to focus or concentrate, and fatigue. 
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Taping and bracing

Options that can help accelerate healing, protect while healing and reduce the risk of re-injury. Taping/bracing help to allow normal movement.

Ergonomic Assessments

Evaluation of a workplace, its furnishings, and tasks relative to the capabilities of the worker. 
The professional evaluation is used to identify and report any risk factors that the worker may encounter while employed. By identifying those risks for injury and physical stress, the physiotherapist provides recommendations for modified design and practice. 

Post Op Rehab

Have you recently had orthopaedic surgery? Post-surgical rehabilitation (post-op physiotherapy) can make a significant difference during your recovery. Therapeutic techniques are used to regain mobility, build strength, and restore function. Pain and swelling is a common problem post-surgery. Post op physiotherapy can help reduce these symptoms and provide you with strategies to employ at home. 

Ongoing Education

Patients who are educated will have a better understanding of their condition or injury. This results in the patient being better equipped to take an active part in the treatment process and improve treatment outcomes.
 
 
 

Worker's Compensation Board of NS

                       WCB

The Worker's Compensation Board of Nova Scotia is the province’s provider of workplace injury insurance. They 

provide insurance to 19,500 employers in Nova Scotia and insure 335,000 workers. West Hants physiotherapists are highly experienced on the workers' compensation system, including return to work and the claims process.

West Hants offers direct access to early assessment of sprains and strains at work to provide injured workers more timely access to the healthcare services they need. It enables workers to go directly to our clinic for an assessment allowing the return-to-work process for sprain and strain injuries to begin right away.

We assess your injury and your capacity for returning to work in a safe and timely manner. Your physiotherapist will share the results of your assessment with your family doctor. Once the injury has been assessed, the health care service provider will determine if treatment is necessary. 

 

We will tell you about your injury, diagnosis and treatment plan. We will also help you understand what to expect during treatment. If what you can safely do matches the demands of your work, you can return to your regular job right away. If you are unable to return to your regular job right away, your physiotherapist, working together with you, your employer, your doctor and the WCB case worker, will determine your return-to-work plan, including treatment and what transitional duties, if any, can be provided.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

                  MVA

Have you been involved in a car accident? West Hants Physiotherapy gives you direct, timely access to the services you need to feel and function better again.

A motor vehicle accident can cause discomfort and disrupt your life, limiting your usual activities. Common complaints after an accident include:

  • Neck pain

  • Back pain

  • Jaw pain

  • Dizziness and headaches

  • Whiplash

Call to book an appointment and we will guide you through the entire process from the initial paperwork to communicating with your insurance company and of course your treatment.

 

Contact

Questions?

59 Payzant Drive

PO Box 68

Windsor Nova Scotia

B0N 2T0

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