What is a Physiotherapist?
A BODY WORKS physiotherapist is a university educated health professional and a recognized member of your health care team. Physiotherapists work in many areas including: Cardiorespiratory, Orthopaedics, Neurology, Paediatrics, Women’s Health, Seniors’ Health, and Sports.
When you see a physiotherapist, he or she will complete an extensive assessment that may include your health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes, sensation and cardiorespiratory status. In addition, the physiotherapist examines relevant X-rays, laboratory tests, medical records and surgical notes. Based on this assessment the physiotherapist establishes a diagnosis and works in partnership with you to develop individualized goals and treatment programs.
BODY WORKS Physiotherapy's treatments can include therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, acupuncture, electrical modalities such as IFC/TENS or ultrasound, and work hardening. A physiotherapist promotes independence. Emphasis is placed on what you can do for yourself and on education to prevent future injuries or disabilities.
Benefits of Physiotherapy
BODY WORKS Physiotherapy can make a difference in an individual’s ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle. For many seniors, disabled or chronically ill people, physiotherapy is the key to restoring and maintaining a level of physical function that permits independent living. Physiotherapy is one way to successfully push physical limitations to secure the Freedom to Function.
BODY WORKS Physiotherapy benefits include decreasing pain, improving joint mobility, increasing strength and coordination and improved cardiorespiratory function. Everyone can benefit from physiotherapy whether you are living with a chronic illness, recovering from a work injury or suffering after that weekend hockey game.
BODY WORKS Physiotherapy increases your independence and gives you the Freedom to function in your home, workplace or your favorite leisure activity. Physiotherapy offers a range of specialized services of benefit to patients with trauma, workplace and athletic injuries, arthritic joints and pre- and postsurgical needs.
Access and Payments
Physiotherapy may be covered by your private extended health care benefits, WSIB or Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance
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- Plantar Fasciitis : Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue in the sole of the foot that supports the arch of the foot. When placed under excessive stress, the plantar fascia stretches too far and tears, resulting in inflammation.
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- Osteoarthritis : Overuse, excess weight, poor posture and the passage of time can cause wear and tear on your joints that leads to osteoarthritis. Learn how physiotherapy can help.
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