What you Need to Know about Professional Physiotherapists

What you Need to Know about Professional Physiotherapists
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A frequently misunderstood profession, Physiotherapy aids in the restoration of muscle movement and function back when injury, illness or disability have otherwise occurred. Did you know that Physiotherapists are:  

RECOVERY FOCUSED
Recovery and not maintenance is the primary target of a physiotherapist. Their goal is to help you feel better as quickly as possible and get you on the road to recovery while minimizing the number of return visits.

NO REFFERAL NECESSARY
You never need a doctor’s referral to see a Physiotherapist. If would like to see physiotherapist, simply give a clinic near you a call. If you have health insurance, be sure to check and see what your insurer requires and covers to be certain of what is covered and what is not.

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS ARE UNIVERSTY EDUCATED
All physiotherapists are university educated, healthcare professionals. In addition to completing an undergraduate degree, along with a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy, they must pass a comprehensive oral and written exam. After successfully acquiring their degree, then and only then can they legally use the title Physiotherapist. Be aware that some injury care providers offer physiotherapy but it’s important to note that someone who says they do physiotherapy is not necessarily a Physiotherapist. Please be pro-active in your selection process and determine this before you proceed with any treatment program.

WE UNDERSTAND HOW YOUR BODY MOVES
We know body mechanics. By observing some of your basic movements we can determine what exercises you need to do to become better at your sport, reduce injury and even recommend activities you can begin if you’d like to become more active and find your stride in a regular activity or sport.

THEY CAN BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF RECOVERY
Physiotherapists are not just about helping you recover from aches and pains. They can also be an integral part of recovery after heart surgery, provide treatment for lung conditions (like chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema or pneumonia) and they can help manage neurological conditions (i.e. Parkinson’s and MS).

THEY CAN TREAT BABIES TOO
When babies are born with minor muscular issues such as torticollis, Physiotherapists can help. Torticollis is a condition of the neck that happens when a major muscle called the sternoclei- domastoid becomes shortened or contracted. This shortening causes the baby’s head to be fixed in a tilted position. By gently stretching the affected muscle, educating parents about proper head bolster positioning and teaching at-home stretches and strengthening exercises, Professional Physiotherapists can help speed up recovery and minimize long-term complications. Pediatric Physiotherapists can also assess your child to ensure he/she is meeting their physical developmental milestones.

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS CAN HELP NEW MOMS
Physiotherapists help new moms overcome diastasis recti, bladder incontinence, low back pain and pelvic floor disability. Many new moms feel that these postnatal concerns are something that they will have to live with or are normal. But there is nothing normal about incontinence or consistent pain, and a physiotherapist can help retrain and strengthen these weak muscles.

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