Physiotherapy helps people restore, maintain, and maximize their strength, movement, range of motion and function leading to improved well-being. Physiotherapy includes physical rehabilitation, injury prevention, and health and fitness.
Physiotherapists study the science of movement. They are trained professionals able to pinpoint an injury’s root cause, not just its symptoms. Physiotherapists focus on both – prevention and rehabilitation.
How Can Physiotherapy Help?
The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario suggests physiotherapy for problems caused by injury, disease or disability, such as:
- Neck, shoulder and back pain caused by problems in the muscles and skeleton
- Pelvic health issues, such as bladder and bowel problems
- Problems in the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments, such as arthritis and the after-effects of amputation
- Lung problems such as asthma
- Disability as a result of heart problems
- Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
- Fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of muscle strength, for example during cancer treatment, or palliative care
Regulated Health Profession in Canada
The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) represents over 16,000 physiotherapy professionals and students across Canada. CPA members are rehabilitation professionals dedicated to the health, mobility, and fitness of Canadians. In partnership with provincial and territorial Branches and practice Divisions, the CPA enables members to learn, share knowledge, and enhance practice. The CPA provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enable our professional community to better serve Canadians.
When Is Physiotherapy Right For You?
If you have an injury, acute or chronic pain, or pelvic floor dysfunction affecting your everyday activities, think about physiotherapy. A doctor may recommend physiotherapy after surgery such as a hip replacement, or an event such as a heart attack or stroke.
What Can I Expect At My First Appointment?
Your session will be unique to you and will focus you and your specific needs. Generally speaking, here’s what happens during your first physiotherapy visit:
- The physiotherapist learns about your medical history
- The physiotherapist assesses and diagnoses your condition
- You receive a treatment plan that sets goals for you
- You are prescribed a course of exercises and any assistive devices needed
Would you like to learn more about Physiotherapy at Corbett Family Chiropractic? Get in touch with us today! We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. Book an appointment with our Registered Physiotherapist, Midori Wickham