Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy, quite literally, is therapy that involves the use of physical means to help relieve or alleviate pain and recover body functions. A Physiotherapist will use a wide range of manual therapy techniques as well as some physical agents as a part of their treatment.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Physical Therapy?
To put it simply, physiotherapy deals with treatment of conditions related to your muscular system, neurological system, respiratory system, and more.
A few examples of the conditions treated by Physical Therapy include:
- Orthopedic conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis
- Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and balance issues
- Frequent falls
- Soft tissue injuries like muscle strain, ligament sprain, and tendon injuries
- Post-surgical conditions like total joint replacements, post-ligament reconstructions, and post-fracture
- Cardio-respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, and post-surgical rehab
- Pain due to back issues, sciatica, a slipped disc, neck issues, and work place injuries
- Sports injuries
- Joint pain
- Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, and motor vehicle accidents
What Do Physiotherapists Do?
A Physiotherapist will aim to restore your function, bringing you to pre-injury level of functioning. In case of conditions that are progressive, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease to name a few, the treatment approach shifts to making your daily living as independent as possible. In such cases, the Physiotherapist takes a more preventive and compensatory approach to provide the best care possible.
A few techniques used by Physiotherapist are:
- Range of motion exercises
- Strengthening program
- Stretching exercises
- Manual techniques like trigger point release, muscle energy techniques, and joint mobilisations
- Electrotherapeutic modalities such as Ultrasound, Shockwave, and TENS
How Long Will I Have to Go?
Your first session is usually an assessment session where the Physiotherapist will do a detailed evaluation of your condition and your overall health to get a working diagnosis. Following that, there is a discussion about the condition and how many sessions you need. Every treatment program is tailor-made for you!
Book an appointment with your Physiotherapist today and start living without pain!
Footprint Health and Wellness Centre is a multi-disciplinary clinic located in South Barrie, offering chiropody, physiotherapy, and massage therapy services. Book your appointment now!
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