Edmonton

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are movement specialists. We will provide you with the tools and knowledge to take care of your body and get ongoing improvements.

What physiotherapy can do for you

  • Help improve your range of motion or strength after an injury
  • Assess, diagnose, and treat your pain or injury
  • Reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation from many physical conditions of the body
  • If you are feeling stiff or tired, they can help improve your daily function
  • Improve mobility and flexibility
  • Offer sport-specific knowledge to enhance your skills and performance to help you reach your fitness goals

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When you first see a physiotherapist

Assessment (involving physical tests)

An initial assessment will be done by a physiotherapist.  This involves a detailed history taking, and then a physical test of Range of Motion, Strength, Flexibility, and a variety of other special tests (eg. reflexes, sensation, joint stability and ligament tests).

This determines the cause of the pain or problems presented.

Treatment Plan

A treatment plan, including a diagnosis, goals for treatment, frequency of treatment, and prognosis, will be developed to determine the best treatment approach given the specific condition and your specific needs.

Treatment techniques include:

  • Stretching (e.g. Assisted, hands-on, active, directed or guided, PNF, Contract-Relax, Hold-Relax, Sustained, Prolonged, Dynamic)
  • Manual therapy (soft tissue techniques like massage, myofascial release, joint mobilization and/or spinal manipulation)
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Postural Work
  • Stability exercises
  • Mobility exercises
  • Work specific tasks and conditioning
  • Sport specific drills and conditioning
  • Modalities (eg. heat packs, ice or cold therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, TENS, NMES, IFC, Laser, Traction or spinal Decompression)
  • Treatment always includes education about what is involved with your body.

Physiotherapy also includes providing you with a home program of things to work on between physiotherapy sessions in the clinic.