Physiotherapy is a commonly used word, but do you really know what it means and what it can do for you?
Physiotherapy is centred on the science of movement. It restores functional movement patterns in the body to resolve pain and recover from injuries. Physiotherapy is not just a quick fix. It deals with the underlying issues to really cure problems and keep them from coming back.
Physiotherapy is dedicated to improving quality of life by:
- Preventing injury and disability
- Managing acute and chronic conditions
- Improving and maintaining optimal physical performance
- Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability
- Educating to prevent re-occurrence
Physiotherapists in Canada are highly trained and are required to have a Masters in Physiotherapy (or equivalent education from another country) and to pass a rigorous board exam. They often have other specialized certifications and participate in many additional courses throughout their career.
Physiotherapists Pin-Point the Root Cause of Pain
Physiotherapists are trained not only to treat pain, but to also find the root cause of it. At Form Body Lab we use a whole body approach. Our therapists assess the entire body for root causes, even with localized injuries. Pain in one area can be a symptom of dysfunction in a completely different body part, which is why a professional opinion is so valuable in figuring out the ‘why’. Basically, Physiotherapists use their training and knowledge to discover causes, not just symptoms, in order to create a lasting and effective treatment.
Physiotherapy uses many techniques to treat injuries. At Form Body Lab, our Physiotherapists use hands on manipulation like joint mobilization and massage, as well as acupuncture, electrical nerve stimulation, and directed exercises. Physiotherapy can also be used in conjunction with other disciplines like Pilates and massage therapy. Physiotherapy can also be used to prevent injuries and increase mobility.
How Does Physiotherapy Work?
Manual manipulation of the joints and soft tissue helps to improve circulation, drain fluid from the body, and relax overly tight or spasmed muscles; all which help to relieve pain and fix injury. Electrical nerve stimulation delivers small electrical currents to affected areas to suppress and block pain signals to the brain. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and works to dull pain, release muscles, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions. Physiotherapists also teach proper movement patterns so that you are improving and healing yourself constantly throughout your day.