Physiotherapy is a health profession with the aim of assisting people with physical problems causing pain, disability, movement problems decrease pain, regain their function and independence, and prevent injury.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the fifth largest regulatory health profession in Canada. Physiotherapists in Ontario hold a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in physiotherapy and must complete a national board examination to obtain their physiotherapy license. Physiotherapist manage and prevent many physical problems caused by illness, disability and disease, sport and work related injuries, aging and long periods of inactivity. The Ontario physiotherapy Association has more information on physiotherapy in the province and its benefits follow the links for more information: http://www.opa.on.ca/about_phys.shtml
How does physiotherapy work?
When you see a physiotherapist at Back in Motion Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, he or she will complete a thorough assessment that may include your health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, neurological examination, posture and mobility of your spine and of the involved area of your body. They may also examine relevant x-rays, laboratory tests, medical records and surgical notes. Based on this assessment the physiotherapist develops a diagnosis and work in partnership with you to plan individualized goals and treatment program.
Some treatment options at Back in Motion may include:
- mobilizations and/or manipulations of joints and spine
- strengthening and flexibility exercises
- correcting posture and ergonomics (workplace or home set up)
- electrical modalities such as electrical muscle stimulation, TENS or EMG biofeedback
- gait and balance retraining, and movement coordination
- applying tape to correct joint alignment and muscle imbalance
Physiotherapists promote independence, including emphasis on how you can help yourself. For example you may be shown exercises to correct your posture or advice on how to set up your work environment to avoid reoccurrences.
How will I know if it’s working?
Be sure to use your time with the physiotherapist to discuss how you responded to previous treatments, how well you are tolerating your home exercises, and whatever concerns you may have about your treatment thus far. This is necessary to ensure progress is being made and to modify future treatment sessions.