You may have noticed more and more physiotherapy clinic’s opening around your neighbourhood, this is because physiotherapy is a universal treatment that helps with many mobility issues, impairments and disabilities in men, women and children of all ages. It is a form of physical therapy that uses exercise and equipment to help allow people to restore or improve their body’s functioning abilities. Physiotherapy works by having a customized treatment plan that works your body back to its best possible state by doing exercises recommended by your physiotherapist.
Physiotherapy is used to treat different parts of the body for many different reasons. It can be used to treat injuries whether they are from sports, day-to-day activities, work-related, or resulting from an automobile accident such as breaks, sprains, back and neck pain. Physiotherapy also treats more serious medical conditions such as arthritis, muscular dystrophy, neurological disorders, and heart and stroke rehabilitation.
To begin treatment your physiotherapist will first conduct a thorough assessment, asking you a series of questions in regards to your injury or pain & performing a few specific movements. It is best to be completely honest with your physiotherapist as they will not be able to give you the correct treatment plan to resolve your issue unless you do so. Some questions that they might ask include your risk factors, how you have become injured, when it began, and what you hope the outcome will be once you have completed treatment.
To help evaluate the situation further, physiotherapists will test the ability of your muscles or joints by measuring speed, movement, flexibility, coordination, strength and balance. Some of the ways physiotherapists work by helping you exercise the necessary joints and muscles are through massage, stretching, taping, manual therapy, electrotherapy, and medical acupuncture. Physiotherapists not only help with the physical aspect of medicine but their work also includes promoting health and wellness. Physiotherapists will educate you on your overall physical health, ensuring that you’re eating a healthy diet, and are active ultimately helping you prevent diseases and injuries.
Most insurance companies will contribute to your physiotherapy bills. After each visit from a clinic you will be given a receipt after payment. To claim your physiotherapy you must submit your receipt claim to your insurance company to be reimbursed for your payment.