Physiotherapy is the treatment of movement disorders through holistic, hands-on techniques that rehabilitate and improve physical well-being.
What is a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists are specialists trained to assess and treat conditions related to movement. Muscles, bones, joints, and the nervous system work together allowing us to move. When these structures aren’t working properly they can cause problems.
Who needs Physiotherapy?
If you are having trouble with movement, physiotherapy might be the right option for you. Movement limitations may be caused by damage to the body originating from, workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, or repetitive strain injuries for example. They can also be caused by chronic conditions such as chronic low back pain, and osteoarthritis that may become more problematic as we age. Other causes may be congenital such as cerebral palsy, or genetic such as muscular dystrophy.
What to expect in a physiotherapy appointment
Our physiotherapists start with a full assessment to determine the root cause of your pain or limited mobility issues. From there, they will discuss possible treatments with you. Your treatment plan will be custom depending on the location of your injury, your current state of recovery and your individual needs.
Common Physiotherapy treatments used at the Centre for Natural Pain Solutions include:
- Exercise prescription
- Manual therapy such as massage or myofascial cupping
- Education related to the cause of and proper care of your primary complaint
- Modality application such as Ultrasound, heat, TENS, or acupuncture
- Your Physiotherapist may also prescribe rest, ice, and/or heat depending on your current stage of recovery
Physiotherapy treatments your doctor may prescribe include:
- Exercise therapy
- Manual therapy
- Therapeutic taping
- Core stability training
How long is a physiotherapy appointment?
Your first visit with a physiotherapist will usually take about an hour. After that, you can expect to spend anywhere between 30-60 minutes at your physio appointment. The appointment usually includes a check-up by the physiotherapist and exercises that can be done by the physiotherapist or their assistant.
Will I have to do exercises at home?
It is common for the physiotherapist to prescribe at-home exercises to complement your treatment. However, it depends on your specific needs and lifestyle.
How often will I need treatment and for how long?
This depends on your issues and treatment plan. Some patients see physiotherapists weekly or bi-weekly, some see them multiple times a week at the beginning of treatment. It all depends on what brings you in.
Other related services
The Centre For Natural Pain Solutions is the most interdisciplinary clinic of its type in Winnipeg. In addition to all of the chiropractic services mentioned above, we also provide acupuncture, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and even have naturopathic physicians on staff.
You may know the saying by Abraham Maslow “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” We don’t have one therapy that we apply to everyone, we look at each patient’s unique situation and find the best solution for them.
We truly have the well-rounded team you need to keep you and your family on the path to wellness. We look forward to meeting you soon.
The Canadian Chiropractic Association is also a great resource to learn more about Chiropractors and the treatments they provide.