Physiotherapy - Beyond the Obvious

Many people think of Physiotherapy Halifax after an injury such as a broken leg. However, specialists in this field can also provide services meant to prepare one for surgery and improve overall physical fitness. Physiotherapists can help correct postural problems, prevent or mitigate disabilities related to chronic diseases, or provide an ergonomic evaluation.

Physiotherapist Basics
The goal of Physiotherapy Halifax is to relieve pain and promote health through targeted exercise and movement strategies. Physiotherapists in Canada are prepared at the master's degree level and must hold a current license to practice. Physiotherapists in Canada may be generalists, specialists in a particular area such as ergonomics or cardiovascular (heart) health, or clinical specialists with advanced degrees.

Better than a pound of cure, prevention is always the first choice in developing a treatment plan. Physiotherapists who focus on prevention might offer active sports enthusiasts an exercise plan targeted to strengthen specific muscles and promote flexibility to reduce the potential for injury. In addition, a sports-focused physiotherapist's plan can identify and develop movement patterns that improve the athlete’s ability to perform key functions in the sport, such as kicking, running or hitting. Physiotherapists can also help prevent repetitive motion injury.

Posture and Ergonomics
The alignment of the body as one goes about daily work and home activities has a significant effect on one's health. Ergonomics is the practice of making the work or home environment fit the individual to promote maximum function and prevent injury. A trained physiotherapist can assess the environment and suggest specific strategies to decrease muscle fatigue, correct postural imbalances or stress and – in many cases – even improve productivity.

Disease and Disability
A number of musculoskeletal conditions and chronic diseases can create postural problems, weaken muscles or cause pain. For example, rheumatoid arthritis often results in stiffened joints. A physiotherapist can develop a targeted exercise plan to promote muscle strength and flexibility while preventing overuse that causes pain. Multiple sclerosis, stroke and low back pain are other conditions that often respond to physiotherapy. Even when the condition cannot be corrected, a physiotherapist can teach one how to cope with reduced physical abilities.

Preparing for Surgery
An elective surgery offers an opportunity to physically prepare oneself for recovery. A surgery on the hip or knee may necessitate the use of crutches, which require upper extremity strength. Preparatory exercises, begun as much as six weeks in advance, can make a great deal of difference in one's ability to become mobile after the surgery.

The physiotherapist is a great partner for the average individual who wants to recover or maintain his or her health. Physiotherapists are valued members of the health care team. Contact a physiotherapist today for an assessment.