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What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy deals with restoring and maintaining functional movement, reducing pain and promoting health in individuals.

As physiotherapists, we treat a wide array of conditions including:

  • Spinal pain and injuries (e.g. disc prolapse)
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries (e.g. ligament tears)
  • Fractures (e.g. broken arm)
  • Musculoskeletal problems (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g. following a knee replacement)
  • Biomechanical problems (e.g. “flat feet”)
  • Arthritic conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis)
  • Neurological disorders and diseases (e.g. stroke)
  • Cardiothoracic conditions (e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorders)
  • Paediatric conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy)

This is just to name a few!

Physiotherapists are extensively trained in manual therapy which means we are “hands on” with our patients. This may include massage and joint mobilisation and manipulation, as well as muscle stretching which we achieve using a wide variety of techniques. To complement our manual skills we sometimes make use of different modalities to reduce pain and inflammation including hot packs, ice, TENS, E-stim, ultrasound and laser treatment. Acupuncture and trigger point therapy is also widely practiced by physiotherapists, Physiotherapists are highly trained in exercise prescription and often give our patients exercises to do at home to help resolve their conditions.

If you have any of the injuries or conditions listed above, a consultation with a physiotherapist is a step in the right direction!

Call Oakridge Physiotherapy Centre on 604-321-3251 for more information, or to make an appointment.


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Benefits of physiotherapy

Many benefits are available to the public through the widening scope of physiotherapy. The profession addresses orthopaedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary problems among infants, children, adults and geriatric populations. Read more →

Clinical research

Clinical research is vital in the field of physiotherapy. Physiotherapists regularly take broad new evidence based research to back up their treatments methods. Read more →

Is physiotherapy scientific?

As a science-based practice, physiotherapy uses facts, theories and hypotheses and tests them against available data. Read more →

Part of your health professionals team

In cases where functional movement is compromised, doctors often refer their patients to physiotherapists. He/she will write an order authorising the form of treatment he desires. Read more →

Referrals not necessary

Physiotherapists are primary health practitioners so private patients do not need a doctor’s referral before attending physiotherapy. Read more →

Safety

Many accidents occur in the home and elsewhere because of a lack of safety. Physiotherapists are extensively trained in educating patients in safety and giving the tools necessary to live a safe life. Read more →

Physiotherapy: Real and effective treatment

The “placebo effect” is used to describe a treatment that doesn’t help you in real terms. Physiotherapy relies on quantifiable results that can be measured to prove their effectiveness. Read more →

Is physiotherapy suitable for children?

Physiotherapists who specialise in the treatment of children with motor dysfunction are known as paediatric physiotherapists. Read more →

Is physiotherapy painful?

Some people are under the misconception that physiotherapy is painful, and for this reason they may shy away from receiving treatment. Read more →


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