Physiotherapy, is a health care profession for the prevention or treatment of injury or disease through physical means. The goal is to enhance your life through improved physical health condition and wellness.
Who is a Physiotherapist?
A Physiotherapist must possess a University Degree and be licensed to practice by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Physiotherapists have a detailed understanding of how the body works and are specifically educated to assess and improve movement and function, and relieve pain. Physiotherapists use a comprehensive approach to health care; they evaluate your physical needs and abilities, offer treatment, and may develop a personalized program to help you achieve your goals. In private clinics you do not need a referral from a doctor to be assessed and treated by a Physiotherapist. In public hospitals a doctor's referral is required.
When can a Physiotherapist Help?
You should see a Physiotherapist whenever your physical movement / function is impaired. Some commonly treated problems include: back / neck pain; other joint or muscle pain, weakness, stiffness, swelling or tingling; respiratory problems, such as asthma and chronic bronchitis; cardiovascular problems such as a heart attack or stroke: neurological conditions such as Parkinsonís Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
What does a Physiotherapist do?
A Physiotherapist will complete a physical assessment and evaluation. This includes taking a personal health history analysis of the presenting problem and then goal setting to determine client and treatment foals. The Physiotherapist develop a treatment plan using a wide range of treatment techniques to improve range of motion, strength, function and to relieve pain.
Common Treatment Methods:
Assigning specific exercise or activities as a home program;
Manual therapy, such as manipulation or mobilization of stiff joints;
Using electrotherapy equipment (ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, TENS, interferential current, laser), heat / cold;
Education regarding the nature of the problem, techniques to improve the condition as well as preventing re-injury.