Physiotherapists work with patients to identify and improve their movement and function. They help promote their patients’ health and well being, and assist the rehabilitation process by developing and restoring body systems, in particular the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. They devise and review treatment programmes, comprising manual therapy, movement, therapeutical exercise and the application of technological equipment, e.g. ultrasound. Physiotherapists also provide advice on how to avoid injury.
Physiotherapy is a health care profession directed at evaluating, restoring and maintaining physical function. Physiotherapists are university educated health care professionals who have an advanced understanding of how the human body moves, what keeps it from moving well, and how to restore mobility.
Goals of physiotherapy treatment:
- Improve and maintain functional independence and physical performance
- Prevent and manage pain, physical impairments and disabilities
- Promote fitness, health and wellness
Physiotherapists will complete a thorough assessment, which may include a detailed health history, evaluation of movement patterns, pain, strength, range of motion, reflexes and sensation. They will examine relevant x-rays reports, laboratory tests, medical records and surgical notes. Physiotherapists will help you understand what’s causing your conditions and work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan based on your individualized needs and goals. Physiotherapists strongly promote independence, including emphasis on how you can help yourself. You may be shown exercises that can be done in between treatment sessions and how to set goals to achieve the desired results. They will also teach you prophylactic measures to help avoid future injury or disability and achieve the best quality of life possible.
Some treatment options may include:
- Manual therapy (joint mobilization)
- Myofascial release techniques (MRT, trigger point release)
- Passive and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) techniques
- Client specific exercise programs
- Sport specific training
- Injury prevention
- Correction of muscle imbalances or alignment
- Work ergonomics
- Postural education
- Gait retraining and general conditioning
- Pre/post surgical rehabilitation
- Electrotherapy, thermotherapy and cryotherapy
Physiotherapists are primary health care practitioners who offer direct access to physiotherapy services without the need for physician’s referral. However, most extended health insurance plans do require a physician’s referral in order to reimburse you for your claims. If you have any questions please contact us at Alliance Wellness.