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FCAMPT physiotherapists are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). CAMPT is the Canadian monitoring organization for the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) and through CAMPT supervised education programs, some physiotherapists successfully complete the internationally recognized advance education to become CAMPT-certified physiotherapist – the highest internationally-recognized qualifications in hands-on therapy worldwide.
What does FCAMPT mean?
FCAMPT stands for ‘Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy’. Currently there are approximately 1100 FCAMPT physiotherapists throughout Canada. These unique physiotherapists have completed internationally recognized advanced medical training in the area of Orthopeadic rehabilitation. The educational training focuses on complex patient and case assessment, manual (hands-on) treatment intervention, clinical reasoning, and an ability to combine a mixture of high-level treatments that can include interventions such as joint manipulation, pain science integration, cognitive behaviour therapy, and functional movement integration (to name just a few examples).
FCAMPT physiotherapists can be recognized by the designation ‘FCAMPT’ or by the CAMPT-Certified logo found on business cards, websites, clinic referral pads and on signage within clinics. CAMPT-Certified physiotherapists have completed advanced clinical and academic training in Orthopeadic injury management.
What exactly is CAMPT?
The Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) is a professional organization of physiotherapists who have completed post-graduate training in hands on therapy treatment techniques that meet the International Federation of Manipulative Physical Therapy (IFOMPT) standards.
Membership in CAMPT gives you the right to use the designation Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT), which is a trademarked and protected title that only CAMPT-Certified physiotherapists can use.
We help anyone with pain or movement problems that impact their ability to do what’s important to them. By delivering research-guided physiotherapy care, our patients:
- Get Better using techniques that meet international standards
- Recover Faster since we find and target the root cause with focused treatments
- Stay Healthier by educating them about their condition to reduce relapse
Are all Physiotherapists "CAMPT" certified?
No, only a distinct few physiotherapists in Canada are CAMPT-Certified physiotherapists. CAMPT-Certified physiotherapists have chosen to pursue an advanced education beyond the standardized entry-level education required in Canada to become a physiotherapist. The required education to become a CAMPT-Certified physiotherapists and be permitted entry into CAMPT as a fellow typically requires an additional 5-6 years education and training. Unfortunately not all candidate are successful in their effort to complete the program, further illustrating the intensity of the training.
Visually, the education path from university undergraduate to FCAMPT physiotherapist in Canada looks like this:
How did my Physiotherapist become an FCAMPT?
FCAMPT education is hosted through several Canadian-based education committees and universities, however, the education taught is regulated by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMPT). IFOMPT is the regulatory body for all countries who teach or have practicing FCAMPT-type physiotherapists.
Why are the benefits of seeing an FCAMPT physiotherapist?
True Orthopeadic rehabilitation is so much more than just sprains, strains and surgery. It’s also so much more than just ultrasound and heat treatments. Advanced Orthopeadic rehabilitation involves a complex understanding of multiple systems (joint structure, muscle complex, nervous system, cognitive and psychological state..etc) and an understanding about how those systems are impacting how you move and how you feel. There is a certain level of precision required to identify, problem solve and manage problems within a given system, however, success is improved through the application of highly skilled hands-on assessment and treatment, which FCAMPT physiotherapists can provide as a result of their advance training.
FCAMPT training and qualifications include:
- Entry-level Master’s degree from one of 14 accredited universities in Canada;
- Extensive, internationally recognized post-graduate education focused on the diagnosis and treatment of complicated muscle and joint problems;
- Registered physiotherapists licensed with their respective provincial colleges; AND
- Members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
By combining the principles of evidence-informed practice, evaluative skills, and clinical and professional judgment, a CAMPT-Certified physiotherapist will work closely with you and your staff to ensure that your patient’s health goals are met.
Here are some conditions where the research-guided techniques used by CAMPT-Certified physiotherapists have resulted in improvements to pain control and functional activities.
How can I be certain my physiotherapist is CAMPT-certified?
Look for the CAMPT-Certified logo
To ensure your therapist is CAMPT-Certified and to make it easy for you to identify them, CAMPT created the ‘FCAMPT’ and ‘CAMPT-Certified’ logo (shown here) so that patients can clearly find and know when they are working with a fellow of CAMPT. Look for these logos on business cards, websites, referral pads and around clinics.
Remember, CAMPT and FCAMPT are protected and monitored terms that can only be used by FCAMPTs. Additionally, you can always confirm an FCAMPT status by visiting the CAMPT website.
Does Pro Function have any FCAMPT physiotherapists?
YES! Pro Function is very proud to have not one, not two, but three FCAMPTs on our team.
- (Troy is an FCAMPT Instructor with the Canadian National Orthopaedic CAMPT-accredited program)
- (Angela is an FCAMPT Instructor with the Canadian National Orthopaedic CAMPT-accredited program)
- (Erik is the Past President of CAMPT. He and Amy Fahlman (FCAMPT) have been responsible for the CAMPT-Certified designation and the current monitoring system for Canada. Erik is an FCAMPT Instructor in both the Canadian National Orthopaedic CAMPT-accredited program and the Western University CAMPT-accredited program.)
FCAMPT is an international designation, but who is the group that designates it? And… how important is this designation? Is it just a few countries?
CAMPT is Canada’s member organization of IFOMPT, which is a special interest group of the WHO. IFOMPT was created as a subsection of the WHO to monitor and encourage a high level of standardized among orthopaedic physiotherapy worldwide. CAMPT monitors the quality of accepted educational programs in Canada to ensure the continually demonstrate these high standards.
The World Health Organization (WHO) began when their Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate annually as World Health Day. The organization is now more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at headquarters in Geneva. Their goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. The WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people. The WHO strives to combat diseases and promote the highest level of healthcare worldwide.
WORLD CONFEDERATION FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY (WCPT)
Founded in 1951, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is the sole international voice for physical therapy, representing more than 350,000 physical therapists worldwide through its 112 member organizations. The confederation operates as a non-profit organisation and is registered as a charity in the UK. WCPT believes that every individual is entitled to the highest possible standard of culturally appropriate healthcare delivered in an atmosphere of trust and respect for human dignity, and underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and scientific evidence. It is committed to furthering the physical therapy profession and improving global health through: encouraging high standards of physical therapy research, education and practice, supporting the exchange of information between WCPT regions and member organizations, and collaborating with national and international organizations.
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ORTHOPAEDIC MANIPULATIVE PHYSICAL THERAPISTS (IFOMPT)
The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) represents groups of Manipulative Physical Therapists around the world who have completed stringent post-registration/post-graduation specialisation programs in the field of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. It is a Federation that sets international educational and clinical standards in this area of physical therapy. IFOMPT accreditation actively requires high quality of patient management outlined in its Standards Document, and endorses evidence-based practice. IFOMPT is a subgroup of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, and was formed in 1974.