What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a health discipline that addresses a variety of health problems that can affect muscles, joints, bones, but also the respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological systems.
The physiotherapist is responsible for assessing the patient’s condition, inform the client about existing problems and develop an individualized treatment plan with the approval and involvement of the latter. If necessary, a communication link is established with the multidisciplinary team involved with the patient in order to optimize the management of their condition.
Physiotherapy treatments have the purpose to effectively relieve the symptoms of consultation and optimize the physical capacity and the participation of people in activities of daily life, work and leisure.
Manual techniques: mobilisation, friction, muscle relaxation techniques
Exercises: mobility, flexibility, strengthening
Electrotherapy modalities: electric currents, ultrasound, etc.
Physical agents: ice, heat
Who is physiotherapy for?
Physiotherapy is appropriate in the case of individuals suffering from:
- Back, neck or head pain
- Postural problems
- Muscle injuries
- Sports injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents or work related injuries
- Balance problems
- Decrease or loss of autonomy
Canadian Physiotherapy Association www.physiotherapy.ca
Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec www.oppq.qc.ca/en/