Physiotherapy is the practice of restoring or maintaining an individual’s physical function and mobility. Physiotherapists are primary healthcare professionals who work in collaboration with a patient and their family to help them achieve their goals. Physiotherapists apply their knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to assess, diagnose and treat the symptoms of injuries, conditions and disabilities.
Treatment from a Physiotherapist may be preventative or rehabilitative in nature. Physiotherapy treatments include exercise therapy, manual therapy, joint mobilizations, electrotherapeutic modalities, education and more.
Physiotherapy can be of benefit to a number of conditions, including, but not limited to:
- Sprains and strains
- Athletic injuries
- Injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident or within the workplace
- Neck/back pain, postural syndromes and headaches
- Arthritic pain or mobility issues
- Post-operative rehabilitation (for example, after a total hip or knee replacement)
- Disability or deconditioning related to heart or lung conditions (heart attack, asthma, COPD)
- Mobility issues that relate to trauma, SCI, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, ALS, etc
- Pelvic issues, including pregnancy and post-partum pain, incontinence, etc