What does a physiotherapist do?
Physiotherapists help our patients improve their movement when they’re experiencing physical difficulties resulting from illness, injury, disability or aging. We devise and review treatment programs using manual therapy (such as massage), therapeutic exercise and electrotherapy.
Physiotherapy professionals typically use hands-on treatment, including manual therapy to stretch stiff joints, and therapeutic massage to loosen tight muscles. There may also be machines involved with treating our patients.
How do physiotherapists work?
How physiotherapists work is generally through movement and exercise. They typically recommend movement and mobility exercises to help you improve your mobility and function. They may design exercises to help you improve movement and strength in a specific part of your body, typically to be repeated regularly for a set length of time.
Is physiotherapy safe? And safe while pregnant?
It’s a common question to ask if physiotherapy will hurt. Generally, physiotherapy does not harm our patients. Initially, the stretches and exercises may cause slight discomfort. Primarily, this is due to your body not being used to such movements. As your body adjusts and adapts, it will be less painful.
Physical therapy during pregnancy can be useful for remedying common discomforts like back pain or for enhancing your body’s ability to have a smoother pregnancy and birth. Physical therapy is not just for recovery.
Is it normal to be sore after physical therapy?
It is normal to feel some pain or soreness for 24 to 48 hours after a Myofascial Release Physical Therapy session, although some people feel sore for a bit longer. It is common for your symptoms to increase as your therapy begins to progress.
Generally, physiotherapy does not hurt although initially the stretches and exercises may cause slight discomfort; this is primarily due to the fact that the body is not used to such movement; as the body adjust and adapts it will be less painful.
What should you wear to a physiotherapy session?
We’re all about comfort. We advise you to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing or tracksuits. Wear clothes that you would wear for exercising in. If you’ve got a lower limb, quad, hamstring or groin injury, it’s a good idea to bring along and change into a pair of your shorts.
How long is a physiotherapy session?
Our physical therapy sessions are typically 30–60 minutes each, from one to several times per week. It all depends on why you are receiving therapy. As you make progress, your visits may change in length and frequency.
How long is a PT session? And how many times a week?
We recommend our patients to attend physical therapy until they reach their PT goals. Or until your therapist and you decide that your condition is severe enough that re-evaluation of your goals is needed. Soft tissue heals in about 6 to 8 weeks, so your course of PT may last about that long.
Typically, a physician’s prescription or referral to physical therapy is for a frequency of 2 to 3 times per week. Your diagnosis and extent of your injury or disorder will dictate the frequency of treatments. On average, you can count on being asked to attend therapy at this consistency.
Differences between physical therapy and massage therapy?
Massage therapy and physical therapy are two different professions, both having the same goal – to restore function and relieve pain. Both use exercises and soft tissue manipulation to help their patients, though in different ways.
The technique where a physiotherapist uses their hands to manipulate is called Manual Therapy to mobilize and massage the body tissues. This can help relieve pain and stiffness and also mprove blood circulation.
What are the benefits of physiotherapy?
As Physical Therapists, we are highly educated experts in human body movement and function, and our therapy works on the science of movement. Our goal is to promote your ability to move, reduce your pain, restore your function, and prevent disability. We believe physical therapy is an essential element of patient care.
Physiotherapy is a health technique used to cure our patients affected by pain due to illness, some kind of injury, or disability caused by exercise or wrong movement. It promotes health and fitness for a better well- being.
Here are 10 ways physical therapy may benefit you – if you’d like, feel free to ask us to expand on any of these points when you’re in our office:
- Reduce or eliminate pain
- Avoid surgery
- Improve mobility
- Recover from a stroke
- Recover from or prevent a sports injury
- Improve your balance and prevent falls
- Manage diabetes and vascular conditions
- Manage age-related issues
- Manage heart and lung disease
- Manage women’s health and other conditions
Who is the physiotherapist in Abbotsford you should book for your next visit?
The ALTUS Chiro and Physio team, of course! #wearetotallybiased
Our team is warm, friendly, endearing, professional and we care about helping our clients be restored to their healthy functional selves.
Try us out. Call us to get your questions answered. Or book an appointment to see our professional Physiotherapists. Click to call (604) 853-3212.