Active rehabilitation refers to a specific exercise program that focuses on addressing injury. This service is provided by kinesiologists. A kinesiologist is an expert in kinesiology, which is the study of human movement. We create customized exercise rehabilitation programs based on our patients’ specific injuries and unique requirements for successful recovery. It is essential to engage in active rehabilitation in order to fully recover from soft tissue injuries such as a back or neck injury.


If you’re unable to travel to get help, virtual active rehab sessions can be scheduled instead. You will receive the same great care and stay on course with your rehab program as you would in person.

Virtual session fees are covered 100% by ICBC as well.

View more details about our service, or contact our clinic directly if you have any questions.

Active Rehab Session in Weight Room


Kinesiologists are exercise therapists that provide active rehabilitation. Kinesiologists have undergraduate degrees and have studied exercise physiology, biomechanics, anatomy, and exercise prescription.


Many people think these treatments are the same thing; it doesn’t help that the terms are used interchangeably, hence the confusion! However, there are some key differences:

●       Active rehab sessions consist of an hour of gentle injury specific exercises.
●       Physiotherapy treatment includes manual therapy (or hands-on therapy) while active rehab treatment does not.

We have many patients who have been to physical therapy and have moved on to doing active rehab. It’s normal and perfectly acceptable to request this shift in treatment mid-case. Talk to your kinesiologist if you’d like to begin active rehabilitation to either replace or complement your physical therapy treatments.
With a doctor, physiotherapist, or chiropractor’s recommendation, you can start active rehabilitation.

If you were in a car accident, please make an appointment with your doctor to determine if active rehabilitation is appropriate for you. ICBC covers our treatment service 100%.

ICBC will pre-approve 12 active rehabilitation sessions for those who have been in an accident after April 1, 2019, provided that no more than 12 weeks have elapsed since your accident. If more than 12 weeks have passed since your accident, Nova Active Rehab will contact ICBC on your behalf to request funding for your program.
The answer is yes. We have clients who were in car accidents this year, but we also have clients who were in car accidents one or two years ago. If you are considering active rehab, please visit your doctor to discuss your treatment plan.
The first appointment is usually an assessment. Your kinesiologist will ask you a series of questions about your body, your injuries, and other related questions.

Exercises will start in the next session.
Most sessions are one hour long, and they are one-on-one with a kinesiologist.
In some cases, if you have extended medical coverage, it may be covered. Please check your policy or with your insurance carrier.
Participating in active rehabilitation can help you with your injuries. This can help your injuries to heal and decrease your pain. Active rehabilitation addresses soft tissue injuries. Another benefit is an increase in your range of motion and strength.

What Our Patients are Saying

Nova Active Rehab was a vital part of my rehabilitation from a recent car accident. Prior to this I was undergoing treatment but not achieving the results needed to get back to where I was before the accident. I thank Thomas and Nova Active Rehab for the detailed program tailored to my needs to get results.

I have finished my rehab program with Thomas. Looking back on my progress, I really want to thank the Nova staff and Thomas for their help and support. Rehab is not easy. Thomas has been very professional and detail oriented in figuring out my muscle weaknesses and finding ways to improve them.

I really want to let you know how wonderful working with Matthew was.  I am stronger than when I first came to work with him, but more so, he taught me stretches and movements to continue my healing beyond active rehab.  Most importantly, Matthew was very personable, took the time to listen to me to ensure I was getting the best out of my exercises, and was always so encouraging.  I want you to know Matthew is an amazing therapist, and I miss seeing him every week!

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