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Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Personal Training.

Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa: Physio, Massage Therapy and Personal Training

Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa has been offering physical therapy services to the Ottawa community for the past 21 years. We specialize in physio and massage therapy for all muscular-skeletal conditions including orthopedic-sport injury (sports physio), back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and motor-vehicle accidents. We offer direct billing.

We offer flexible hours, no waiting list and friendly service in English and Polish.

We are located in the New Edinburgh area with plenty of free parking and easy access by OC Transpo buses.

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We treat:

  • Tendonitis
  • Cervical Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Low-back Pain
  • Knee Injury
  • Repetitive Injuries e.g. tennis elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Sprains
  • Whiplash
  • Poor Posture and Scoliosis

Post-surgical conditions:

  • Joint Replacement
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Fractures
What to Expect from Physical Therapy

Our Services

Manual Therapy:

  • Physiotherapy (RPT)
  • Massage Therapy (RMT)
  • Sport Massage (RMT)
  • Deep-tissue Massage (RMT)
  • Active Release Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Mobilization
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Cranio-sacral Therapy
  • Postural Assessment
  • Osteopathic Therapy
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Custom Exercise Programs, Exercise Classes, Aqua-Fitness (Certified Personal Trainer)
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Our Mission

Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa strives to provide timely professional physio service to help each patient experiencing individual movement disorders. We educate and consult our patients about healthy life choices to achieve holistic well-being. We offer convenient hours, same-day treatment and follow-up consultation to help you stay motivated.

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Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa has been providing high-quality physio, massage therapy and personal fitness training for over 20 years, with an emphasis on individual attention and hands-on treatment for each patient.

Barbara Stefanska is the Owner of Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa and Registered Physiotherapist with a Master’s in Physical Education. Barbara brings over 35 years experience in Manual Therapy, Electrotherapy and Modalities.

Chris Downar-Zapolski is a Registered Massage Therapist working in Ottawa since 2006. Chris is a graduate from the International Academy of Massage in Ottawa, where he currently teaches as a faculty member.

Brian Ferrone is a Certified Personal Trainer with over 20 years experience working with clients of all ages and fitness levels to help people achieve their personal goals.

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I have been a very satisfied client of Barbara Stefanska for several years. Barbara is outstanding. She has given me great relief and excellent professional advise every time. I am grateful that she is in my neighbourhood.

Hon. Michael A. Kelen, Retired Federal Court Judge

A wide knowledge and understanding of the human body, careful evaluation of her clients, strong and effective manual techniques, and her kindness and warmth all make Barbara Stefanska an exceptional physiotherapist and Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa, the best of all clinics.


I have known Brian for 20 years and have benefitted from his training on a number of occasions during that long stretch of time. Brian is a trainer's trainer. He knows how the body works. He uses common sense, and is recognized as an expert in developing training programs that are
carefully tailored to fit the unique needs of his clients -- spanning all ages, from 20 to 90. It is crucial that people who face exercises and fitness regimes have someone to be accountable to ,helping them to keep going and stick with it. Good training matters. Brian is a go-to guy,and a first class motivator. He is tough but kind, reliable but flexible, realistic and results- oriented. A class act.

Donna Andrew

Barbara Stefanska of Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa has been my go-to physiotherapist for over 15 years. In various situations where different injuries or chronic complaints called for physiotherapy as prescribed by my physician, Barbara has demonstrated her experienced, expert knowledge and hands-on care. Barbara always goes beyond the call of duty, ensuring that the patient envisages an end to what is sometimes not an instant fix. But she certainly won't keep you longer than you need to be there as I have found with other physio clinics. Barbara has mandated that the philosophy of Activa is that the patient is an individual and should be respected and listened to and that nothing is too much trouble. I certainly feel that each and every time I have an appointment. I cannot recommend Activa highly enough.

Carolyn Jane Strauss

After months of aches and pains caused by a stubborn sciatica and a bursitis, physiotherapy provided a welcome relief, thanks to Barbara and Christopher. The professional care was superb and additionally, the good humour and kindness provided by Barbara lightened the burden of lying down and gazing at the ceiling! My daughter, my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter have all benefited at some point of Activa’s physiotherapy treatments. On my behalf and theirs, thank you Barbara!

Monique Lussier