Physiotherapy is the holistic application of movement sciences. A physiotherapist treats patients who suffer from function or mobility issues. These can be due to injury, illness, surgery, or even chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and others. A physiotherapist’s treatments are prescribed with the aim of helping the body heal. Physiotherapy includes rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness.
Physiotherapists are first-contact health professionals that concentrate on diagnosing medical issues and planning restorative care.
Physiotherapists assess, diagnose, and treat patients using both passive manual techniques (including massage, mobilization and manipulation) as well as the prescription of exercises, relying on their in-depth knowledge of how the body works .
Past Covid19 restrictions have given rise to the use of virtual care as an alternative to in-person treatment options. More information on this is available through my posts and under physiotherapy treatments. I have also included a link to an article a patient found on a Sun Life site, Lumino Health titled 5 myths about e-health busted by health-care providers that has some interesting thoughts.
Ontario Physiotherapists are regulated by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. They must complete a two year Master’s education program on top of a 4 year undergraduate program before being registered by the College.