What is a Physiotherapist, and When Should you See One?
Physiotherapy is a holistic approach to healing which helps restore flexibility and range of motion in your muscles and joints affected by injury, disease, aging or disability. Physiotherapists study the science of movement. A physiotherapist pinpoints the root cause of a patient’s complaint and uses a non-invasive, hands-on approach to manipulate the soft tissue and fascia through massage and stretches. Exercises are prescribed to help a patient recover. A physiotherapist focuses on a pain-free range of motion with a focus on how the body naturally moves and functions. To become a licensed physiotherapist in Canada, a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy and supervised practical training are required.
Understanding What is Physiotherapy
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of physiotherapy is “therapy that is used to preserve, enhance or restore movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury or disability and that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (such as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training. Physiotherapy can help to strengthen specific muscles and treat injuries to ligaments and meniscus.”
There are various types of approaches used in physiotherapy, such as manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy. Depending on the core root of your pain or discomfort, the practitioners at CW Rehab will create a customized plan, assuring the best possible healthcare solution to address your unique needs.
Signs to Seek Physiotherapy
The list of conditions that can benefit from physiotherapy is extensive. Because physiotherapists work with the mind and body to improve your quality of life and prevent the development of chronic conditions, it is important to seek care as soon as you recognize something is wrong. Some common conditions include:
- Sports injuries and or recurring pain
- Back pain
- Post-surgery rehabilitation, such as for knee or hip replacement
- Decreased or limited movement and loss of flexibility
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Urinary incontinence (linked to the pelvic floor muscles, often after childbirth)
- Muscle strain, balance, and posture issues
- Skeletal misalignment
What to Expect During a Physiotherapy Session
Because each treatment is customized to your unique healthcare needs, you can expect very detailed questions about your pain or injury, such as when it occurred, how long it has been with you, what other treatment options you have tried, is the pain level increasing, and more. The session may also include manual therapy, where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help relieve pain and tightness in your muscles to improve mobility. Physical assessments will be part of your session to determine your range of motion, strength and level of flexibility to start. Your treatment goals are important and will be integral to the discussion. Based on these questions and assessments, an individualized treatment plan will start to come together. You are involved in the discussion, treatment options and goal-setting components to achieve the best outcomes.
How to Find a Physiotherapist
Identifying a physiotherapist who provides physiotherapy and corrective exercises individualized to your unique needs and goals is important. CW Rehab provides these services in our downtown Toronto office. Not only do you leave your first session with a clear plan, but we also teach patients how to perform exercises to help strengthen and correct irregularities. We know part of the underlying cause of the pain you are experiencing is likely due to these irregularities. Our goal at CW Rehab is to help your body achieve overall balance and optimal health.
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession where practitioners train to assess, diagnose, custom-treat and work to prevent further escalation of pain or discomfort. At CW Rehab, each practitioner is an expert in their field and has obtained all the necessary certifications to perform services and techniques safely and effectively. Book your appointment today and start getting in touch with a healthier you.