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What Is Physiotherapy?

As someone’s physical state heals and becomes more healthy, they need to keep moving. This is what physiotherapy is all about. Physical rehabilitation, injury prevention, and overall health and fitness can be helped by it. Physiotherapists want you to be a part of your own recovery.

Who Can Benefit From Physiotherapy Treatment?

Physiotherapists help people of all ages maintain physical health, manage pain and prevent disease. Through exercise, manual joint therapy, soft tissue techniques, education and advice, physiotherapists assist people who are ill, injured or disabled. Physiotherapists assist with pain relief and injury recovery, allowing people to continue participating in sports, working, or performing daily living activities while remaining functionally independent.

When To Schedule an Appointment

Consider physiotherapy if you have an injury or chronic pain which interferes with your daily functioning. Your doctor may refer you to physiotherapy after surgery such as a hip replacement, or after an event such as a heart attack or stroke.

You should check with your insurance company if you plan to use health insurance to help pay for physiotherapy. If your insurance company doesn’t cover treatment, you will be unable to use your benefits and must pay the full cost of treatment.

What Conditions Are Treated?

People who work as physiotherapists emphasize prevention and treatment. Treatment may be needed if you have a condition because of an injury, disease or disability. The following are some examples:

  • Neck and back pain caused by muscle and skeletal problems
  • Arthritis and the effects of amputation on the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments
  • Asthma and other lung diseases
  • Incapacity as a result of heart disease
  • Pelvic problems such as bladder and bowel complications associated with childbirth
  • Loss of mobility as a result of brain or spinal cord trauma, or as a result of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease or Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness and muscle weakness due to cancer treatment or palliative care

What To Expect During Physiotherapy

Your session will be one-of-a-kind because it will focus completely on you and your specific needs. In most cases, the following occurs:

  • Your physiotherapist obtains information about your medical history
  • Your condition is evaluated and diagnosed by the physiotherapist
  • You are provided with a treatment plan which establishes goals
  • You will be prescribed an exercise regimen and any necessary assistive devices

Physiotherapy Specialties

  1. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, also known as “orthopedic” physiotherapy, involves treating and rehabilitating musculoskeletal disorders. The musculoskeletal system is comprised of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. This type of physiotherapy is used to treat neck or back pain, fractures, injuries or sprains.Physiotherapy Treatments Who Can Benefit and How It Helps

A physiotherapist can assist with diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injuries and ailments to increase mobility and flexibility. Physiotherapists will recommend various exercises which can be performed at home to help in the healing process. Stretching and balance exercises, cryotherapy, spinal manipulation techniques, ice and heat therapy, and many others are used as treatments.

Among the primary advantages of musculoskeletal physiotherapy are the following:

  • Enhancing mobility
  • Eliminating discomfort
  • Treating wounds
  • Addressing premenstrual syndrome and prenatal care
  • Repairing soft tissue injury
  1. Physiotherapy for Sports

Athletes and sports professionals benefit from sports physiotherapy. This subspecialty focuses on assessing and treating sports plus exercise-related injuries. Sports activities place a greater physical strain on the body. As a result, athletes and sports professionals often require this type of physiotherapy to increase flexibility and prevent serious injuries.

Athletes are frequently injured and occasionally must undergo surgery. Physiotherapy can assist with regaining their strength and mobility following such injuries.

Advantages of sports physiotherapy include the following:

  • Injury prevention
  • Enhancing adaptability
  • Evaluations of movement
  • Techniques for healing

In Langley and Cloverdale, you’ll find the best physiotherapy available at Fraser Life. Visit us online or call us at (778) 278-4755 today.


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