When you are free to move - when you have mobility - you feel better and enjoy life more. But what about those times when movement becomes more of a challenge?
What is Physiotherapy and how can it help me?
Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to:
·Improving and maintaining functional independence and physical performance;
·Preventing and managing pain, physical impairments, disabilities and limitations to participation; and
·Promoting fitness, health and wellness.
Through the application of clinical reasoning, it uses evidence-based techniques to deliver the most suitable treatment for an injury or condition. Physiotherapists help people maximize their movement and physical independence so they can enjoy their lifestyle.
Who will be assessing and treating me?
Physiotherapists assess, diagnose & treat a wide range of health problems to optimize your health. They integrate clinical expertise with current research to assess the underlying causes of joint, muscle and nerve disorders: they educate patients about managing their condition and advise on ways to prevent pain and injury.
Your first appointment with a physiotherapist will consist of a thorough assessment that may include your health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, joint range of motion, muscle strength, reflexes, and sensation.
They will also examine relevant x-rays, laboratory tests, medical records and surgical notes. Based on this assessment, the physiotherapist develops a diagnosis and works in partnership with you to plan individualized goals and a treatment program.
Once a diagnosis has been reached, the physiotherapist uses a wide range of techniques to relieve pain, restore function and movement, and prevent further problems, including:
·Manual therapy – joint mobilization and manipulation
·A customized program to manage your injury between physiotherapy visits is critical to your recovery.
The focus of each physiotherapy treatment will vary according to the stage and nature of injury, be it stiffness or pain. Physiotherapists promote independence and work with you to ensure your rehabilitation and individual goals are achieved.
How does it work?
Physiotherapy involves using a variety of techniques to help your muscles, joints, heart and lungs work to their potential. Physiotherapists work with individuals of all ages to promote self-management of health and wellbeing. Physiotherapy can help individuals living with congenital or chronic diseases and can assist those recovering from surgery; illness; neurological conditions such as stroke; injury; industrial or motor vehicle accidents; or age-related conditions. The practice of physiotherapy is drug-free.
Fundamental to a physiotherapists' approach is an appreciation of your role in your own care.Physiotherapists work with you to integrate your care into your lifestyle. They are skilled in providing treatment, preventative advice, rehabilitation and care for people with long-term or terminal illness and will develop a full treatment plan to suit your unique needs.
Physiotherapists have a four year university education, and are regulated health professionals that play an important role within your health care team. In Alberta all physiotherapists must be a member in good standing with the Alberta College of Physical Therapists.
At Bragg Creek Physiotherapy, our focus is on providing quality care in a one-on-one format to ensure your needs are met. We are able to achieve this by offering 30 or 60 minute appointments with the emphasis on manual therapy. We specialize in the following areas:
·Pre & Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
·Post Fracture Rehabilitation
·Motor Vehicle Accidents Injuries
·Neck & Back Pain
·Headaches & Migraines
·Repetitive Strain Injuries
·Spinal and joint conditions such as arthritis
·Pregnancy related problems such as back pain
You do not need a doctor’s referral to receive physiotherapy treatment; however, some health care providers do require this for coverage of your treatment. Physiotherapy is not covered by Alberta Health Care.