What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused and drug-free health profession dedicated to:

  • Improving and maintaining functional independence and physical performance,
  • Preventing and managing pain, physical impairments, disabilities and limits to participation; and
  • Promoting fitness, health and wellness.

What will the Physiotherapist do?

The Physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment including the history of your problem and a detailed examination.

The assessment may include tests of muscle flexibility, strength, joint movement and other special tests.  Physiotherapists can recommend the best way to treat problems with your muscles, bones and joints, circulatory, respiratory or nervous system. Physiotherapists can also advise you on ways to prevent potential health problems from occurring before they arise.

Physiotherapy - How it Works

Physiotherapy involves using a variety of techniques to help your muscles, joints, heart, lungs and immune system work to their potential.

Physiotherapists work in partnership with individuals of all ages to break down barriers impeding physical function. Physiotherapy can help individuals living with congenital or chronic diseases or other debilitating conditions and can assist those recovering from: surgery including joint replacements; neurological conditions such as stroke; sports injuries; or age related conditions such as arthritis.

Common physiotherapy approaches that are used but not limited to include:

Joint Mobilization

Cranial-Sacral therapy

Myofascial Release

Muscle Energy

Strain Counter-strain techniques

Facilitated Positional Release

Ligamentous Articular Strain

Strength and Conditioning

Postural Education

Athletic taping

Physiotherapists work with you to integrate your care into your lifestyle.  They are skilled in providing treatment, preventative advice and rehabilitation and will develop a full treatment plan to suit your unique needs.

What is Osteopathy?

Founded in 1885, Osteopathy is a holistic, drugless, manual system of healthcare that focuses on a patient’s neuro-musculoskeletal system to facilitate health-promoting changes though the appropriate use of manipulation.

In its ideal form, it is both an art and a science.  The art of Osteopathy is founded on the safe and effective application of the following principles:

A human being acts as a complete dynamic unit of function

The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms, which are protective and self-healing in nature

Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related

Rational treatment is based on understanding and utilizing these principles

The science includes the behavioural, chemical, physical and spiritual knowledge related to the establishment and maintenance of health as well as the prevention and alleviation of disease.  The goal is restore function through gentle and controlled manipulation that corrects the imbalance of the structural elements in the body.  Appropriate exercises are then given to aid in the body’s restoration and maintenance of balance.