Your physiotherapist has the ability to use a broad range of treatment techniques to help you get better.
A significant portion of work with your physiotherapist involves exercise. Your physiotherapist can help you recover from injury by prescribing exercises that can be done while at work or home. Exercises prescribed are often corrective functional exercises that will not only help you recover from injury but also prevent future injury.
Manual therapy refers to treatments administered directly by your therapist’s hands. All physiotherapists are trained in massage, muscle release, stretching, and mobilization of joints and soft tissues.
Physiotherapists can pursue an additional certification in acupuncture. Acupuncture involves using thin needles at specific points of the body to relieve pain and treat various physical disorders and systemic conditions.
Physiotherapists can use electrical currents, sound waves, ultraviolet rays and laser for promoting tissue healing. It is often in conjunction with other techniques, such as exercise and Manual therapy.
Hydrotherapy makes use of water to address your health concerns. You may receive treatment in either a whirlpool or swimming pool, which makes it easier to move your body. Or your physiotherapist might recommend contrasting hot and cold hand/foot baths, which addresses joint swelling and sensitivity.
Specially trained physiotherapists can provide rehabilitation services including acupuncture to animals.