What is Physiotherapy?
“Physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of the body by physical or mechanical means for the purpose of restoring, maintaining or promoting physical function, mobility or health, or to relieve pain” (PT Act, 1991). Physiotherapists use education, ergonomics and interventions such as exercise, massage, manual therapy, acupuncture, and electrical modalities to maintain and improve a client’s function or to prevent injuries.
Scope of Practice
“The practice of physiotherapy is the assessment of physical function and the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of physical dysfunction, injury or pain, to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment function or to relieve pain” (PT Act, 1991).
How Can Physiotherapy Help You?
- Decrease and manage acute and chronic pain
- Increase mobility and function
- Increase strength and flexibility
- Decrease muscle spasm and tension
- Improve balance
- Improve posture and ergonomics
- Encourage exercise and activity
Commonly Treated Conditions
Physiotherapists treat people of all ages with a variety of conditions including:
- Neurological conditions
- Cardiovascular illness
- Sports injuries
- Work-related injuries (WCB claims)
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Everyday stresses and strains
- Orthopedic conditions including:
- Back and neck conditions
- SI joint and pelvic conditions
- Peripheral joint conditions
- Postural problems
- TMJ Syndrome
- And many more