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Airdrie Physiotherapist | Heather Finn

Introduction to Physical Therapy

My first introduction to physical therapy was in high school when I witnessed different family members who required treatment following a stroke, knee injuries, and knee surgeries. They regained maximum function and mobility with the education they received, treatments given, and exercise programs.

Educational Background

After becoming interested in the profession, I spent many hours job-shadowing therapists who worked in private practices and in hospital settings while attending the University of Calgary. This time spent gave me a better understanding of the profession before I completed the rigorous application process to be accepted into the physiotherapy program at the University of Alberta.

I graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with my Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy in the spring of 2003. I have completed further training in manual therapy, chronic pain, taping, neck and back pain. In 2007 I graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with my Medical Acupuncture certificate, trained by the renowned Dr. Steven Aung.

Outside of the Office

Since graduating I returned to Airdrie to begin working, as I wanted to raise my own family in the rural community that I grew up in. I was raised on a farm west of Balzac and completed all my schooling in Airdrie. I currently live on a farm west of Crossfield with my husband, Graeme, and my daughters Claire and Morgan. When not working outside the home, I love my time being an active mom to my young children. I also do bookkeeping for our farm and spend as much time helping on the farm as I can. If I have any spare time, I love horseback riding, tennis, reading, skiing, and scrapbooking.

How I Can Help

Thank you for considering physiotherapy as a health care option for your treatment. As a physiotherapist, I have advanced knowledge of how the human body moves and what stops it moving and I use specialized hands-on treatment to restore, maintain and maximize optimal function and quality of life.Please consider physical therapy if you are in pain or if you have trouble moving due to an injury, accident, illness, or medical condition. Treatments may include:

  • appropriate and effective therapeutic exercise and activities
  • teaching you how to manage your symptoms/pain, maintain muscle strength and maximize movement and range of motion
  • specific hands-on treatment including joint and soft tissue mobilizations
  • use of therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, interferential, and acupuncture if appropriate

I look forward to working with you to regain and maximize your movement potential!

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