What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a primary health service that focuses on rehabilitating injury, improving mobility, reducing pain, and achieving physical wellness. Physiotherapists manage and prevent many physical problems caused by illness, disease, sport and work related injury, aging, and long periods of inactivity.
Physiotherapists are highly educated medical professionals that have extensive training in human anatomy, physiology, health promotion, and the treatment of injury and disease. Physiotherapists use this knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat many physical conditions, as well as to educate individuals on self management and exercise.
At Elite Sports Therapy, our physiotherapists take a one-on-one approach to dealing with your area(s) of concern. This means that during your treatments, you don’t have to worry about the physiotherapist working with other patients. Typically, the initial assessment with take about an hour and follow-up appointments with be 30 minutes.
How Does Physiotherapy Work?
Physiotherapy uses physical assessment techniques and thorough history taking to identify the specific problems contributing to one’s pain, mobility impairment, or disease process.
Through the use of specialized treatment techniques, manual therapy, specific exercise, and client education, physiotherapists help their clients gain greater physical independence, less pain, and improved physical health. This can mean rehabilitating an injury to return sport, or it can mean managing chronic headaches to allow for daily functioning. Physiotherapists treat a wide variety of conditions and all age groups.
What Can I Expect?
During the first visit, a comprehensive physical exam will be performed. The tests and format of the exam will vary depending on the individual needs and issues presented. This may include assessment of the level of mobility, strength, endurance, the nervous system, balance, reflexes, muscular control, muscle activation, or positional awareness. Some conditions, such as vertigo, will require assessment of the vestibular system.
From the assessment, a diagnosis and treatment plan are developed to address the individual’s goals and objective findings. This will also vary amongst people but may focus on restoration of joint movement, normalization of muscular length, resolution of pain, improvement of balance, or refinement of movement patterns.
The physiotherapy treatment plan may include manual therapy (soft tissue release, joint mobilization, nerve mobilization, joint manipulation), taping, IMS, acupuncture, core stabilization, postural retraining, and specific home exercises.
The physiotherapist will continue treatment and monitor your progress over time, adjusting your treatment and home exercises according to your needs and objective reassessment findings. You can also expect that your physiotherapists will prepare you for independence with advice on how to manage your condition, including education on complications and prevention of a recurring problem.
For more information please check out the Canadian Physiotherapy Association or the Physiotherapy Alberta College & Association. You can also contact Elite Sports Therapy to talk with one of our physiotherapists today.