Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy is an essential part of the health and community/welfare delivery systems which provides individuals with services to restore and maintain maximum movement and functional ability throughout their lifetime. We, as physical therapists, operate not only as members of health service provider teams in hospitals and other facilities but also as independent practitioners. We have an extensive body of knowledge to assess, diagnose and treat numerous medical conditions and injuries. Furthermore, we are involved in the promotion of health and well being, prevention and modification of environmental, home and work barriers to ensure full participation in society.
In the province of Manitoba, as in other provinces, we, as physiotherapists, are able to act as first contact practitioners, and patients/clients may seek direct services without a referral from another health care professional.
Marita Dowsett B.P.T.
Marita has provided physiotherapy services for over 45 years, of which 40 have in the private out-patient sector. This commenced with the first rural private physiotherapy practices in rural Manitoba and the creation of private clinics in Brandon, Neepawa, Gimli, Armed Forces Base Shilo, and Virden. To accommodate the specific rehabilitation demands for more individual care needed in complex cases and pelvic floor health, Physio4U began to operate in March 2016.
Areas of Practice
This includes certification in many areas of physiotherapy. These include orthopaedic/osteopathic manual therapy, acupuncture, functional capacity evaluation, persistent pain, lymphatic drainage, and techniques for the fascial system, pelvic health, rehabilitation, and pilates.
Areas of Professional Interest
- Orthopaedic manual therapy for Temporomandibular Joint
- Pelvic Floor Health rehabilitation for all ages
- Most recently in lymphatic studies
- This includes many memberships in the above areas + additional training
Bachelor of Physical Therapy
University of Manitoba, 1981
Diploma of Physiotherapy B.P.T.
University of Manitoba, 1976