Patrick Handfield - Owner and Physiotherapist

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Montreal - Downtown

Patrick Handfield

Owner and Physiotherapist

B.Sc. P.T., CAT(c)

Patrick Handfield graduated from McGill University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. In 1987, he completed his Canadian Athletic Therapy Certification. He is a recognized Physiotherapist and Certified Athletic Therapist. He is a member of the "Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec", the Canadian Physiotherapist Association and he is an active member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association as well as a member of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada.  Since graduation Patrick has continued to demonstrate an interest in Physical and Sports Medicine. He is presently the Head Therapist and Coordinator of the Health Services Department at Cirque du Soleil and the National Circus School, as well as Head Physiotherapist of the Downtown branch of Action Sport Physio and Vice President of Action Sport Medicine International.

He has attended various Provincial, National and International athletic events including the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 1992 Paralympics Games in Barcelona, the 1988-89, 91-92 World Junior Hockey Championships in Anchorage and Germany, the 1989 Francophone Games (as Head Therapist), the 1991 World Cup of Gymnastics in Montréal, the 1987 Junior Pan-AM Track and Field Championship in Jamaica, the 1991 Canada Games. He is medical coordinator of the Canadian Track and Field Championships, a position he assumed in 1990. He acts as a consultant with the National Federations for Hockey, Gymnastics and Track & Field.  

Always current on various topics in the field of Physical and Sports Medicine, Patrick has taken additional professional training in Manual Therapy, Muscle Energy, Myofascial Release, Biomechanics of the lumbar spine and pelvis, Management of cervical headaches, and others. As well, he takes great interest in exploring new techniques with his co-workers from other countries as he travels on special assignments with different sporting organizations.  

Away from his practice you will find him running, cycling, playing tennis, hiking or playing beach volleyball. During the winter months, he spends some of his time skiing but his passion will always be our national sport: hockey.




I would like to thank Patrick Handfield for helping me gain my almost full mobility, flexibility, and most importantly my self-confidence that I can become “normal” and “functional” like before! I fell from my bicycle in California (and I forgot to renew my travel insurance... so what an ordeal!), I had a dislocated shoulder and a fracture. Excruciating pain, ambulance, emergency, 7 weeks in a sling! I was depressed, in pain, and helpless. I started my physio on September 15th with Patrick Handfield. Patrick is the expert in athletic injury! Here it is important to note that above everything, Patrick understands the athletes’ states of mind and their passion to practise sports like before. Well, sport is my life! I can not live without my running, swimming skiing, etc. After 2 months of physio, all I can say is that Patrick has helped me gain my mobility; and Yes I have started swimming like before (without pushing too much) and my life is so much rosier! Patrick helps you feel great mentally and physically whatever is your injury. With Patrick, all your movements can become possible and you will regain your strength 100%! Un gros Merci! I highly recommend Patrick and all his smiling and professional team at Action Sport Physio Downtown!