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.
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.