Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy – How it Works?

Physiotherapy involves using a variety of strategies to help you function at your optimal potential. Physiotherapists work in partnership with individuals of all ages to break down barriers impeding overall function. Physiotherapy can help individuals living with congenital or chronic diseases or other debilitating conditions and can assist those recovering from: surgery; illness; neurological conditions; injury; industrial or motor vehicle accidents; or age related conditions. We use conservative management to restore and maximize movement symptom relief and function.

Fundamental to a physiotherapists approach is an appreciation of your role in your own care. Physiotherapists work with you to integrate your care into your lifestyle. They are skilled in providing treatment, preventative advice, rehabilitation and care for people with short or long-term impairments and will develop a full treatment plan to suit your unique needs and to lead you to self management.

Physiotherapists are university-educated, regulated health professionals that play an important role within your health care team.

Physiotherapy – What to Expect?

When you see a physiotherapist, he or she will complete a thorough assessment that includes your health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes, sensation while including your goals and expectations at treatment.

They will also examine relevant X-rays, laboratory tests, medical records and surgical notes. Based on this assessment, the physiotherapist develops a diagnosis and works in partnership with you to plan individualized goals and treatment programs

Physiotherapists promote independence, including emphasis on how you can help yourself. For example, you may be shown exercises that you can do between treatment sessions and how to set goals to achieve result. Where appropriate, physiotherapists also advise care-givers on how they can help you.

What Can The Treatment Involve?

Some treatment options:

  • Strengthening and therapeutic exercise programs
  • Mobility and flexibility improvement
  • Improvements in muscle imbalances and alignment
  • Balance retraining and movement coordination
  • Manual therapy – intervention to reduce pain and stiffness
  • Electrical modalities such as TENS (electrical nerve stimulation) or ultrasound
  • Gait retraining and general conditioning regimes
  • Acupuncture – some physiotherapists are trained to use this technique to help alleviate your pain
  • Education on pain management

Physiotherapists are primary care practitioners offering direct access to physiotherapy services without the need for physician referral. It’s important to note that some extended health insurance plans require a physician’s referral in order to reimburse you for claims.

Physiotherapy services may also be obtained through private means

Manual therapy

Encompasses the treatment of health ailments of various etiologies through ‘hands-on’, physical intervention. Such physical treatments include soft tissue mobilization, various connective tissue techniques, myofascial release, mobilization of joints, joint manipulation and mobilization of neural tissue. All our therapists received extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy through the Orthopedic Division of Canadian Physiotherapy Association and other orthopedic educated realms

Sports injury rehabilitation

The branch of physiotherapy that deals with injuries or illnesses resulting from participation in sports and athletic activities. The goal of successful rehabilitation is a safe return of an athlete to his/her pre-injury sport/activity.

Advanced exercise prescription

A careful selection of specific exercises to reverse the patient’s particular limitation that allowed for an injury to occur in the first place.

Biomechanical analysis

A close look at the mechanics of human motion, looking for optimal and efficient movement with a goal of collecting information to help the patient to reverse those insufficiencies to achieve greater ease with movement.

Electrotherapy

Is the use of electrical energy in the treatment of impairments of health, including controlling pain, treating neurological disease and even used to speed up wound healing.

Ultrasound

Therapeutic modality that delivers sound waves that transmit energy into the tissues. Physiotherapists use ultrasound to treat inflammation, control pain, help to heal fractures, deliver medication into tissues, break up scar tissue formed after an injury and treat surgical scars.

Education

Helping the patient become aware and understand their symptoms and impairments, and what we as a team can do to help improve their symptoms