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Anyone can benefit from physiotherapy, whether you are living with pain or a chronic illness, recovering from a stroke or cardiac event, dealing with workplace injury, or aching after a weekend of increased physical activity.
Your physiotherapist can provide you with the tools that will give you the freedom to function in your home or at your workplace, or while taking part in your favourite leisure activity.
Physiotherapists offer a range of services to people:
- of all ages and all physical abilities
- who have heart and lung disease, amputations, arthritic joints, and burns
- who have experienced traumatic workplace, athletic injuries, or motor vehicle accident injuries
- who have suffered stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and nerve injury, or cancer
- who have pre and post surgical needs, pregnancy needs, or impaired urinary function
- who experience ongoing pain
- who want to prevent injury, disease, or illness
- who want to function with greater ease
Physiotherapists trained in the specialty also provide services to animals.
Your physiotherapist can treat a wide range of health conditions by following these four steps:
Your physiotherapist will examine your health history, level of mobility, pain patterns, and your neurological and cardiorespiratory status. This will help determine the condition’s impact on your physical function at work, rest, and play.
Based on the assessment your physiotherapist can identify the source of the problem and provide you with a diagnosis.
Together with your physiotherapist, an individualized treatment plan is developed to meet your goals. Your physiotherapist will measure your progress regularly and adjust your treatment according to your needs and preferences. Several of these treatments include therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, acupuncture, electrical modalities, and hydrotherapy.
Your physiotherapist is an excellent source for information on a wide range of health issues, and can advise you on how to manage your condition independently. Their knowledge and expertise will allow you to maximize your mobility and range of motion, and help you prevent recurrences or complications in the future.
Talk to your physiotherapist today about what you can do to control the symptoms related to your condition.
What can physiotherapy treatments involve?
- Personalized exercise programs designed to improve your strength, range of motion and function
- Joint mobilization and manipulation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Airway clearance methods to assist people with breathing difficulties
- Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education
- Functional activity and tolerance testing and training
- Work and occupational re-training and return to work planning
- Prescription, fabrication and application of assistive, adaptive, supportive and protective devices and equipment
- Hot and cold packs and modalities to relieve pain, reduce swelling, speedup the healing process, and improve movement and function
- Skin and wound care
- Environmental changes, focusing on removing barriers to function
Physiotherapists have expertise in:
Physiotherapists are movement specialists. The muscles, bones and joints work together to allow us to move. Physiotherapists are experts at assessing and treating conditions related to movement that can be caused by work place injuries, motor vehicle accidents, sport injuries, repetitive strain injuries...etc. Movement limitation can also be caused by chronic conditions such as chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis, but are not limited to the musculoskeletal system. Regardless of the origin of the condition, be it congenital, chronic or resulting from an injury, Physiotherapists are trained to help you move.
Physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat both the lungs and oxygen transport systems, including the heart and blood vessels. When the function of these systems declines, it can affect every aspect of an individual's life from work to social activities to basic daily activities. A Physiotherapist understands proper function and is able to provide exercise that can strengthen the heart and lungs. A physiotherapist can help manage symptoms of many common cardio-respiratory conditions including Diabetes Mellitus, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Fibrosis and Congestive Heart Failure.
Neurological conditions requiring long term and even lifelong management can require extensive rehabilitation. The nervous system is important for transporting signals related to movement, sensation and pain. Physiotherapists aid in the treatment and management of neurological conditions such as Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Spinal Cord Injury and Multiple Sclerosis