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About Physiotherapy

treatments Jun 01, 2017

 

WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY?

Physiotherapy: is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity of the human body by a variety of physical methods including but not limited to: heat treatment; exercise, postural, gait, balance and coordination re-training; and manual manipulation and/or mobilization of tissues and joints. 

 

WHAT DOES IT HELP WITH?

Key results of all physiotherapy:

  • recover from pain,
  • restore healthy movement patterns (i.e flexibility and mobility), and
  • build a stronger body that is less likely to injure in the future!

Commonly treated conditions:

  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Spinal conditions and nerve impingements
  • Back and neck pain (including degenerative disc disease)
  • Hip and knee pain (including pre and postoperative care)
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Elbow and wrist pain
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Motor vehicle injuries
  • Neurological conditions
  • Lymphedema and other cancer-related conditions

Physiotherapists provide so much more than simple injury rehabilitation. At the heart of their work is an understanding of how and why movement and function of the body take place. If you have a limited range of motion or pain that is keeping you from moving like you want, physiotherapy can be the answer. Physiotherapists work with both athletes and everyday folk to relieve pain, restore movement, and improve performance.

 


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HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY WORKS

Physiotherapists use many hands-on techniques, and modalities in the management of dysfunction and pain disorders. The essence of all treatment plans revolves around restoring motion and physical function. Physiotherapists are trained to assess injuries of muscles and joints and to establish effective treatment routines.

 

WHO IS A QUALIFIED PRACTITIONER?

Physiotherapists in Canada have a masters degree in physiotherapy (PT) and are required to write and pass a Physiotherapy Competency Examination to qualify for registration within their province of practice.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

At Avalon Laser Therapy, your treatment begins with a full assessment that will consider your health history, previous therapy and a clinical assessment of your injury. The assessment will take an hour. Depending on the findings, your treatment plan typically includes education about your condition and preventing further injury, laser therapy and an exercise program to improve range of motion and strength in the area.

  • At Avalon Laser Health, our physiotherapists offer the advantage of low intensity laser therapy in addition to your care. This is both a unique and wonderful adjunct to your care when you work with the team at our clinic! (Learn more about our lasers.)

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR VISIT

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO A PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSESSMENT/ TREATMENT?

Wear comfortable clothing and bring sneakers or running shoes. Your therapist will need to check your full range of motion in the area of injury so come prepared for a workout to ensure you can move through the visit comfortably.

DO I NEED A PHYSICIAN’S REFERRAL?

It depends on your insurance provider. Our physiotherapist does not require a physician referral to treat you, but some insurance providers require a physician referral in order to cover or pay for your treatment. We recommend that you call your insurance provider to determine if a physician referral is required.

WILL THE EXERCISES HURT?

Discuss this and any other concerns with your physiotherapist. Careful direction, education and diagrams will be provided to assist you. One on one training on the correct execution of the exercises will be provided. Exercises can also be tailored to meet your present capabilities.

 


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