What is Physiotherapy & What to Expect at Your Physiotherapy Appointment?
Physiotherapy is a healthcare discipline concerned with promoting health and preventing disease by evaluating, treating, and rehabilitating impairments and disabilities that affect the nervous, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary systems.
In other words, physiotherapy treats functional limitations arising from injuries and diseases that affect muscles, joints, and bones, as well as the nervous (brain, nerves, spinal cord), respiratory (lungs), circulatory (blood vessels), and cardiac (heart) systems.
Physiotherapy seeks to help patients regain maximal physical capacity in accordance to a patients personal potential for recovery.
Physiotherapists employ a variety of treatment methods including manual techniques, exercises, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, heat therapy and cold therapy.
These methods encourage patients to participate in their own recovery and to self-empower themselves so they can acquire the physical abilities needed to function in society, perform daily activities, succeed at work, and participate in leisure and sport activities.
What to expect at your first appointment in Physiotherapy:
The nature of the issue at hand will be identified and explained. A series of orthopaedic and biomechanical analyses will be conducted to understand the root cause of the issue, which will then be used to establish short and long term treatment goals. A home exercise program will also be provided (if need be) for continuity of care from clinic to home.
Depending on the issue at hand, appropriate manual therapy and rehabilitation treatment strategies will be provided to complement the initial assessment. The client always plays an active role in their healing process and takes charge of their condition with the goal of self-empowerment to move forward and overcome their current state.