PHYSIOTHERAPY COMING SOON!
WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Physiotherapy is a drug-free health care practice. Physiotherapists work in partnership with individuals of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function whether that means working with patients pre and post surgery, helping people come back from illness and chronic disease, injury, industrial and motor vehicle accidents, and age related conditions. Physiotherapists also play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention. Physiotherapy is the treatment of preference for many who suffer from pain whether in the back or neck, or joint pain such as hips, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, or shoulders.
Physiotherapy has proven to be effective in the treatment and management of arthritis, diabetes, stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and a range of respiratory conditions offering those afflicted with tools and techniques to acquire and maintain an optimum level of function and pain free living.
WHO ARE PHYSIOTHERAPISTS?
A physiotherapist is a university educated health professional and a recognized member of your health care team.
Physiotherapists work in many areas including: cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, neurology, pediatrics, women’s health, seniors’ health, and sports.
VISITING A PHYSIOTHERAPIST
When you see a physiotherapist, he or she will complete an extensive assessment that may include your health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes, sensation, and cardiorespiratory status. In addition, the physiotherapist examines relevant xrays, laboratory tests, medical records, and surgical notes. Based on this assessment the physiotherapist establishes a diagnosis and works in partnership with you to develop individualized goals and treatment programs.
Physiotherapy treatment can include therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, acupuncture, electrical modalities such as TENS or ultrasound, and work hardening. A physiotherapist promotes independence. Emphasis is placed on what you can do for yourself and on education to prevent future injuries or disability.