Physiotherapy is a clinical health science profession aimed at treating a variety of conditions that contribute to the reduction of physical capabilities and mobility.
Physiotherapists draw on their extensive training in, and knowledge of, the mechanics and anatomy of the human body, to identify the causes of underlying problems and develop strategies to restore normal functioning.
A physiotherapy assessment may involve a postural analysis, gait analysis and various musculoskeletal, neurological and/or vascular diagnostic tests.
Some of the techniques commonly used by physiotherapists to treat patients include:
- Soft tissue massage
- Trigger point therapy
- Dry needling
- Kinesio Tape
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- Exercise prescription – home exercise programs
Physiotherapists assist in treating pain and dysfunction associated with occupational overuse, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, poor posture and pre/post orthopaedic surgery. They manage a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, headache, arthritis, neck pain and low back pain.
As well as increasing mobility, physiotherapy treatment also has many other benefits such as:
- Reduced pain
- Strengthened muscles
- Increased range of motion (reduced stiffness) in joints
- Promotion of independently maintained, healthy physical lifestyles
For more information on whether physiotherapy may benefit you, please do not hesitate to ask one of our staff members.