What is Physiotherapy?

The practice of Physiotherapy dates back as far as 300 – 400BC and the Greek physician Hippocrates.The modern science of Physiotherapy though, is generally considered to have been introduced towards the end of the 19th century.

Simply defined, physiotherapy is the treatment of movment dysfuncitons in the body and painful conditions causing reduced mobility and reduced capacity to perform your normal daily activities. The treaments are provided by physical methods such as hands on manual therapy and massage, electical modailties (Electro Physical Agents), heat or ice treatment, bracing, taping and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. It is also known as physical therapy.

When injury or pain affects your ability to function or do the activities you like to do, that’s when a physiotherapist can help. Physiotherapists provide and prescribe rehabilitation treatment for acute and chronic injuries and other painful conditions as well as before and following surgical procedures. 

We can treat a broad spectrum of ailments including the following:
  • Neck and back pain caused by problems in the muscles and skeleton.
  • Acute and chronic injuries to ligaments, muscles, nerves and joints.
  • Injuries or pain stemming from the nervous system such as sciatic pain, disc hernitations or protrusions and peripheral neuropathies.
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Pelvic floor dysfunctions, such as bladder and bowel problems in atheletes, pre- and post childbirth, post surgery and prostate cancer. 
  • Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
  • Pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of muscle strength after fractures/surgery or longer periods of immobilization.
  • Vestibular dysfunctions (dizziness and vertigo).
What can I expect when I visit one of our physiotherapists?
Here is a breakdown of the process, put simply:
  • We will take the time to learn about your medical history
  • We will examine you to assess and diagnose your condition
  • We will develop a treatment plan and work with you to set goals to help you minimize pain and regain the fullest range of mobility as possible
  • We will prescribe exercises to assist in your recovery
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