What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy deals with restoring and maintaining functional movement, reducing pain and promoting health in individuals.
As physiotherapists, we treat a wide array of conditions including:
- Spinal pain and injuries (e.g. disc prolapse)
- Sports injuries (e.g. ligament tears)
- Fractures (e.g. broken arm)
- Musculoskeletal problems (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g. following a knee replacement)
- Biomechanical problems (e.g. “flat feet”)
- Arthritic conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis)
- Neurological disorders and diseases (e.g. stroke)
- Cardiothoracic conditions (e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorders)
- Paediatric conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy)
This is just to name a few!
Physiotherapists are extensively trained in manual therapy which means we are “hands on” with our patients. This may include massage and joint mobilisation and manipulation, as well as muscle stretching which we achieve using a wide variety of techniques. To complement our manual skills we sometimes make use of different modalities to reduce pain and inflammation including hot packs, ice, TENS, E-stim, ultrasound and laser treatment. Acupuncture and trigger point therapy is also widely practiced by physiotherapists, Physiotherapists are highly trained in exercise prescription and often give our patients exercises to do at home to help resolve their conditions.
If you have any of the injuries or conditions listed above, a consultation with a physiotherapist is a step in the right direction!
Call Vancouver Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic on 604-739-5626 for more information, or to make an appointment.
In this section
Many benefits are available to the public through the widening scope of physiotherapy. The profession addresses orthopaedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary problems among infants, children, adults and geriatric populations. Read more →
Clinical research is vital in the field of physiotherapy. Physiotherapists regularly take broad new evidence based research to back up their treatments methods. Read more →
As a science-based practice, physiotherapy uses facts, theories and hypotheses and tests them against available data. Read more →
In cases where functional movement is compromised, doctors often refer their patients to physiotherapists. He/she will write an order authorising the form of treatment he desires. Read more →
Physiotherapists are primary health practitioners so private patients do not need a doctor's referral before attending physiotherapy. Read more →
Many accidents occur in the home and elsewhere because of a lack of safety. Physiotherapists are extensively trained in educating patients in safety and giving the tools necessary to live a safe life. Read more →
Pain, stiffness, trigger points, muscle tension and other conditions respond well to massage, but it is just one modality in a long list of treatments that physiotherapists carry out. Read more →
Physiotherapists not only help patients recover from injury or illness, we help prevent it too! We keep our elderly patients independent and safe and we help sports people avoid injury. Read more →
The "placebo effect" is used to describe a treatment that doesn't help you in real terms. Physiotherapy relies on quantifiable results that can be measured to prove their effectiveness. Read more →
Physiotherapy is a direct, hands-on profession that has as its base the restoration of movement disorders. It addresses many bodily conditions including arthritis and fibromyalgia. Read more →
Physiotherapists who specialise in the treatment of children with motor dysfunction are known as paediatric physiotherapists. Read more →
The human body has an amazing capacity for healing itself. In physiotherapy we assist the body to heal itself without the use of drugs to achieve optimum results. Read more →
Here are some common fitness terms that you are likely to hear and use regularly. Read more →
Here is a glossary of commonly used terms in physiotherapy to give you a better understanding of what they mean and how they may relate to you. Read more →
Some people are under the misconception that physiotherapy is painful, and for this reason they may shy away from receiving treatment. Read more →
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