The Manitoba Physiotherapy Association (MPA) describes physiotherapists as “primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease.” Physiotherapists combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury, or disability. The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), describes the practitioner as “understanding how and why movement and function take place.”
Through individualized treatments, physiotherapists can help you regain and maintain your mobility and manage your condition independently. These treatments include:
- Exercise – when prescribed, they are often corrective functional exercises that will not only help you recover from injury but also prevent future injury.
- Manual Therapy – refers to treatments administered directly by your therapist’s hands including massage, muscle release, stretching, and mobilization of joints and soft tissues.
- Therapeutic Modalities – include electrical currents, sound waves, ultraviolet rays, and lasers that are used to promote tissue healing, often in conjunction with other techniques, such as exercise.
- Hydrotherapy – uses water to address your health concerns, either a whirlpool or swimming pool which makes it easier to move your body, or contrasting hot and cold hand/foot baths which address joint swelling and sensitivity.
- Complementary Therapies – include techniques that complement traditional physiotherapy treatment including Acupuncture, Biofeedback, Craniosacral Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Healing Touch, Hellerwork, Myofascial Release, Visceral Mobilization, and Vodor.
The Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s The Value of Physiotherapy (2012) brochure outlines a number of the benefits of physiotherapy treatments.
Physiotherapy is recognized as being highly effective in preventing and reducing the risk of falls. In the assessment and management of fall-related injuries in older adults, it effectively improves strength, motor function, and balance in older adults at risk of falling and those with fall-related injuries. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, it’s estimated that falls and fall-related injuries cost the Canadian health care system approximately $2.8 billion a year with $980 million alone spent on treating injuries.
You’ll also benefit from physiotherapy in Winnipeg if you have Carpal tunnel syndrome, groin or abdominal complex strain, hip or groin pain, ligament sprains and tears, overuse injuries, muscle strains and tears, shin splints, shoulder pathologies, or tennis or golfer’s elbow. Physiotherapy can also help you recover after surgery.
The value of a health care service is more than its proven cost-effectiveness, especially when it comes to physiotherapy – the quality of life, access, continuity of care, and integration of services are equally important criteria when looking at the broader concept of value. At South Sherbrook Therapy, our physiotherapy team creates a customized recovery plan. You’ll also benefit from the use of a fully-equipped gym and a variety of treatment products, like orthotics. Your physiotherapist also keeps track of your progress as you recover from your injury and improve movement. We also offer athletic therapy, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling to meet all your needs.
Regardless of the reason – an accident, surgery, or illness – if you require physiotherapy in Winnipeg call South Sherbrook Therapy at 204-774-9903 today. We look forward to supporting you throughout your recovery process.