Instil Physio is a sports performance and rehabilitation centre with a team of practitioners trained in a neurofunctional medicine approach. This is a unique approach to performance care and the assessment and treatment of your movement problem. Our practitioners have an exceptional level of knowledge and skill in neurofunctional medicine, and take the time needed to properly understand you and your injury or pain problem. We seek to understand the root causes of your pain problem and create a complete and holistic plan for your rehab and recovery. Our goal is to help you get back to doing what matters to you and keep you doing it, whether that be gardening or participating as a high performing athlete.


Mission statement: Providing the skills and expertise needed to create and achieve your health and performance goals. 


Vision: Accessible knowledge; Innovative approach; Empowered community.      

Kristin Bignell physiotherapist at Instil Physio

Kristin Bignell

PT, MScPT, BScES(hons), CMAG


Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner

Senior Neurofunctional Practitioner & 

Practice Team Leader at Instil Physio

Why I am here: 

I started with the Instil Physio team shortly after the clinic’s opening. I saw it as a place where I could do better for my clients without the limitations of time or the confining expectations of traditional physiotherapy. I truly believe that quality care requires a team approach, a holistic mentality, a network of like-minded practitioners and time. Instil upholds a high standard of excellence and pushes the boundaries of traditional physiotherapy in order to continually advance the care of our clients and I love that! 

A little about me: 

My experience with movement and injury started at a young age. Growing up I played many different sports but ended up attaining most of my success in volleyball. I played four years of NCAA Division 1 Volleyball at the University at Buffalo and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Exercise Science. 

I subsequently spent 2 years working as a Kinesiologist at a local physiotherapy clinic. Wanting to have a greater role in the rehab process, I went on to complete my Master of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of Toronto. 

My personal history with sport includes swimming, ballet, soccer, basketball and volleyball. I currently enjoy playing squash, running, cycling, yoga, skiing and any outdoor adventure that includes my husband and our bullpei, Eleanor! When I’m not on the move, I can often be found reading books about neuroscience, nutrition and psychology, with an occasional side of fiction. 

Some of my special interests and future ambitions: 

I love spending time advancing my clinical skills and knowledge. I enjoy the creative approach inherent to the neurofunctional model and enjoy pushing the boundaries of what we traditionally believe is possible in injury rehabilitation and performance optimization. 

I am fascinated by the complex nature of the human body and enjoy learning about the different systems and physiological processes that are essential for its optimal functioning. I am constantly seeking a deeper understanding of the human body in order to holistically solve complex cases and to be able to optimize function in already high-performing individuals. 

Currently, my main interests lie in Neurofunctional Acupuncture and Sports Physiotherapy. I have completed both the Main Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and The Advanced Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner Programs through McMaster University. I continue to be involved with the program as an Instructor in Training and am excited about the knowledge I will continue to gain through the process of becoming an instructor in the program. 

I am currently working towards my Sports Physiotherapist Certification and have recently completed complementary coursework in concussion management. Being one, 

I really love working with athletes of all different ages and abilities. I especially enjoy working with youth and elite-level athletes to correct dysfunction, prevent injury and improve performance using the neurofunctional approach. With proper care, I believe we can mitigate the effects of injury and keep athletes participating for life. 

I have also completed additional training in manual therapy and multiple courses in core retraining (many specific to female athletes). I am interested in core retraining as it relates to injury rehab, injury prevention, and athletic performance - an important part of a holistic approach.

 400 Woolwich St,

Guelph, Ontario 

Email: info@instilphysio.ca

Our Hours:

Tuesdays: 9am-7pm

Thursdays: 9am -7pm

Virtual appointments available on Mondays & Wednesdays. 

Please be aware we do not have reception in the clinic. Please email for enquiries regarding service or book online. 

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