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Exercise Therapy & Occupational Therapy in Cranbrook

Exercise Therapy

Exercise therapy is a service which provides you with a personalized post rehabilitation program. The program is prescribed by your physiotherapist or occupational therapist and guided by an exercise therapist. Specific strengthening, stretching and stabilization exercises are a critical part of rehabilitation process for most musculoskeletal injuries. Continued exercise is an important component of injury prevention. Kootenay Therapy provides individual as well as group sessions. Appropriate exercises are designed to meet your personal and functional goals.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is effective in reducing pain and improving your range of motion. You do not need to have any swimming experience to participate in our aquatic therapy. Our team of physiotherapists and kinesiologists will develop a pool-based exercise program custom to your specific needs. We have reserved swimming lanes dedicated to carry out our aquatic therapy programs.

The buoyancy provided by the water is especially useful for patients with orthopedic conditions, back problems, knee injuries, or arthritis. The water facilitates mobility and assists with the patient's exercises with less impact on the joints. Our aquatic therapy program is often a stepping-stone for patients to move on to gym-based exercise programs..

Physical Reconditioning Program

A progressive physical reconditioning program is offered at Kootenay Therapy Center for individuals needing to improve or maximize their physical and functional conditioning prior to return to work or activities of daily living. Following a physical (PT) and functional (OT) assessment, the assessment team will provide recommendations on what is required to meet your goals.


2015 brings a new year and the beginning of a new journey at Kootenay Therapy Center. We are now offering a wide variety of yoga classes available to the community. Please visit our Facebook page for the most up-to-date schedule.

Pricing is as follows:

  • 10-Punch Pass - $130

  • One Month Unlimited - $100

  • Drop-in - $15

Occupational Therapy, FCE, and Corporate Education

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides the skills for the job of living to help people lead productive and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists consider occupation to be everything people do to occupy themselves, including looking after themselves (self-care), enjoying life (leisure), and contributing to the social and economic fabric of their communities (work/productivity). An occupational therapist works alongside an individual to enable participation in occupations they would like to, or need to, engage in.

Occupational therapy works to break down the barriers which impede individuals in their everyday activities. Occupational therapists examine not only the physical effects of an injury or disease, but also address the psycho-social, community and environmental factors that influence function.

Some areas an occupational therapist may look at are::

  • What you can and cannot do physically (this includes your strength, coordination, balance, or other physical abilities)

  • What you can and cannot do mentally (your memory, organization skills, coping strategies, or other mental abilities)

  • What materials you use to participate in the occupation (for example, work tools, furniture, cooking utensils, clothes, or other materials)

  • The social and emotional support available to you in your home, school, work and community

  • The physical setup of your house, school, classroom, work place, community, or other environment

Depending on what the barriers to participation are, an occupational therapist may help an individual overcome their disability, adapt the material, equipment or technique used or recommend changes to the environments where occupations are completed.

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a tool designed to investigate whether an individual is able to safely return to work following injury or illness. A functional capacity evaluation involves an individual completing a range of tasks, which enables the clinician to observe a person’s ability to::

  • Sustain prolonged postures

  • Transition from one position to another

  • Grasp and manipulate objects

  • Determine maximum capacity for lifting at various levels, carrying, pushing and pulling

A functional capacity evaluation occurs over 1 ½ days and begins with a discussion about a person’s job duties and their current level of functioning. A musculoskeletal screen of the entire body determines safety for performing the physical capability tests.

Corporate Education

Our team of multidisciplinary professionals has developed group education sessions for many areas of industry. For a large group or small, we will develop a program that meets your needs – whether it’s health management, injury prevention, body mechanics and posture or relaxation and stress management.

We offer various classes, like yoga, for you to participate in. Please contact us to learn more about our services, to schedule your appointment and to learn more about where your staff education needs may be.

Kootenay Therapy Center

#260-1311 2nd St N

Cranbrook, BC V1C 3L1


Contact us for info about scheduling appointments.

Phone: 250-426-4629




Fax: 250-426-4611

Service Area

Serving Cranbrook and the Kootenays:
Kimberley, Fernie, Sparwood, Invermere, Fairmont, Creston, Nelson, Golden and Revelstoke

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