What is Physiotherapy?
A physiotherapist is a health professional who has obtained a Master’s degree in the science of movement. They learn how to pinpoint the root causes of an injury and use multiple techniques (manual therapy, electrotherapy, intramuscular stimulation, exercise and conditioning) to help patients gain knowledge and function. Physiotherapists are regulated by the College of Physical Therapy of BC (CPTBC) which provide a set of guidelines, educational standards and qualifications needed to standardize the profession.
Manual therapy is a hands-on technique that includes joint mobilization’s, myofascial techniques, and a variety of active release techniques. This type of treatment focuses primarily on the joints and myofascial system. Soft tissue release (a form of massage) is often used to prepare the joints for mobilization and manipulation. Exercises will be given to the patient to maintain these effects.
Electrotherapy uses electrical stimulation applied to the skin’s surface to stimulate the nerves and muscles of the body to create a therapeutic effect. Benefits include pain relief, muscle relaxation, increasing local blood flow, reducing swelling and inflammation, and decreasing pain. Types of electrotherapy include Ultrasound, High Voltage Pulses Current (HVPC), Interferential Current (IFC), Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), an Electromuscular Stimulation (EMS).
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS):
IMS, sometimes referred to as dry needling, is a technique used to treat many painful conditions aggravated by tightness in muscular bands of the body that can be relieved by stimulating the spinal nerves to reduce pain in regions supplied by those nerves. This is a more aggressive but highly effective technique used to treat a variety of chronic conditions.
Exercise and conditioning:
Exercises are prescribed and taught to the patient to help to continue treatment beyond the clinic. We provide these therapeutic exercises to help for healing, for general conditioning, and to prevent future injuries. A one on one guided kinesiology program exercise is also offered at this clinic as a physiotherapy referred active rehabilitation program. As a physiotherapy delegated service: these appointments are claimable through your extended benefits plan.
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