PHYSIOTHERAPYScience-based Healthcare with Movement at its Center
Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession which views movement as being central to health and well-being. Physiotherapists aim to identify and maximize pain-free movement by health promotion, preventive advice, treatment and rehabilitation.
Core skills used by Registered Physiotherapists include Manual Therapy, Joint Mobilizations, Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (McKenzie Method), Therapeutic Exercise and the application of modalities including Low Intensity Laser Therapy, Ultrasound and Acupuncture.
An initial assessment determines the nature, cause and aggravating & alleviating factors associated with the injury. An assessment will also identify the physical impairments that need to be addressed and aid in formulating the most efficient treatment plan for a rapid recovery.
Registered Physiotherapist (PT)
Registered physiotherapists are required to first complete an intensive University Degree Program and then continue for an additional 2 years within the Faculty of Physiotherapy.
A PT must pass a vigorous national examination to be registered with The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association to practice physiotherapy in the province of Ontario. Once registered, physiotherapists are required to maintain their ongoing competence (i.e. the knowledge, skills and judgment required by a physiotherapist).
Benefits of Physiotherapy
- Relief of pain
- Improve range of motion and joint movement
- Increase muscle strength and core stability
- Regain flexibility and the removal of scar tissue and adhesions
- Relax muscle spasms
- Reduction of disc bulges
- Return to sports and activities of daily living
Physiotherapists work with a wide variety of patients in the treatment of illness, injury, rehabilitation and disability and can be beneficial to manage symptoms of many conditions.
Your Physiotherapist will require an overall picture of your current health and a detailed health history in order to design a treatment plan that’s right for you. If a PT determines that your condition would be better treated by another healthcare professional, they will make the appropriate referral.
The initial visit will determine the course of treatment. Your physiotherapist will create a custom treatment plan to suit your rehabilitation needs. Typical treatment frequency is 2 visits per week until resolution.
Initial Assessment: 45 minutes
Follow up Visit: 60, 45 or 30 minutes