What exactly is physiotherapy? Many people use the term “physio” without fully
understanding what it means. Physiotherapy is any service that is provided by a
trained and licensed physiotherapist. The physiotherapy scope of practice includes assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiorespiratory systems. Physiotherapists use a variety of treatments to facilitate rehabilitation and recovery. They also educate patients on how to prevent injuries and promote health and fitness.
In Ontario, physiotherapists are regulated by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario under provincial legislation. They are highly trained professionals with at least one university degree, who have passed rigorous provincial competency examinations.
A physiotherapy treatment may include joint mobilization or manipulation and soft tissue techniques. It may also include modality therapy such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound and acupuncture, as well as rehabilitative exercises, education and more. Other areas of treatment may focus on neurological or cardiac rehabilitation. Treatment programs are individualized for each patient, based on specific needs and nature of the problem. This patient-centered approach is aimed at maximizing recovery and returning the patient to optimal state of health.
May is National Physiotherapy Awareness Month; and to “kick it off”, Aim Rehabilitation Centre is holding a contest to bring awareness to health and fitness. Visit Aim Rehabilitation Centre for the May 2014 Aim for Better Health Walk-A-Thon. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place. Space is limited, so take up the challenge and sign up in person at 25 Redmond Drive, Unit 7, on Hamilton Mountain. Aim Rehabilitation Centre offers a full range of services including physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, and kinesiology. They have the experience and education to get you back to wellness. For more information about the contest or services please call 905-383-0123.