Physiotherapy is a direct, hands-on profession that has as its base the restoration of movement disorders. Your session begins with an assessment from your physiotherapist which entails a review of your medical history, an assessment of your present level of function and questions based on the mechanism of your injury or condition as well as your goals for recovery. Once completed, we design a program for your treatment.
To give you a better idea of the role of physiotherapists, here is a listing of the many areas addressed by the profession:
- Physical ailments such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and sports injuries.
- The use of modalities ranging from heat and cold to massage and laser treatment for pain management. Stretching and strengthening exercises for treating sprains, strains, ligaments and tendons.
- Muscular re-education in the case of neurological conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy.
- Treating athletes with sport injuries and/or strengthening and educating their muscles for enhanced performance.
- Gait retraining.
- Training in the use of mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes and the like.
- Working with clients of all ages – from newborn babies to geriatric patients – to correct movement disorders.
- Advising and training parents and caregivers to care for the disabled child or family member.
- Ergonomic restructuring. If the design of your home or workplace is causing you neck or back pain, you may consult a physical therapist who will be happy to come out, observe you at work (or play) and make the necessary adjustments that could help you function without pain.
- Training and fitting of prostheses and orthotics.
- Fitness training for those interested in improving overall fitness.
Physiotherapy is a very comprehensive field and the areas are wide and varied. Why not come in and see how we can help you? Call any of our Physioworks Health Group locations to make an appointment today.