Physiotherapy is a primary health care profession with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease.
Physiotherapists work with individuals of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function. The profession of Physiotherapy is client focused and dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting optimal mobility, physical activity, preventing injury and disability. Therapists manage acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations and participation restrictions with therapeutic exercise programs, hands on treatment and modalities.
Physiotherapy treatments can include:
- Personalized exercise programs designed to improve strength, range of motion and function.
- Soft Tissue and joint mobilization to reduce pain and stiffness.
- Modalities to relieve pain, improve movement and function, reduce swelling, and speed up the healing process.
- Environmental change, focusing on removing barriers to function.
- Vestibular Retraining and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPU) treatment.
When you see a physiotherapist the therapist will complete an extensive assessment that may include your health history, evaluation of pain, movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes and sensation.
All Physiotherapists that are registered to practice in Canada are qualified to provide safe and effective treatment. They have met national entry-level education, practice standards and have successfully passed a standardized physiotherapy competence examination prior to being registered with the college of physiotherapists in their province.