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Physiotherapy Treatments of Ottawa

Physiotherapists use movement, exercises, manual therapy, and education to restore proper function to the body. In addition to treating specific ailments, your physiotherapist can recommend lifestyle changes and other methods to improve your general well-being.

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Get Back to Being You

Physiotherapy is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of conditions. This includes back and neck pain, sprains and strains, arthritis, bursitis, workplace, and sports injuries, posture problems, and more. Physiotherapists also work to rehabilitate clients by working to restore normal body function after motor vehicle accidents, certain types of surgeries, and removal from casts.

This type of therapy is available to people of all ages with physical problems caused by illness, accident or aging. The core skills used by physiotherapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, soft tissue release, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, dry needling, and education regarding injury rehabilitation and prevention. Many physiotherapists are also additionally trained to treat with acupuncture. The patient is an active participant in their own care at all times.

Physiotherapy and Your Overall Health

Soft tissue release (STR) is a very effective technique used to treat muscle, tendon and fascial pain due to injury, prolonged sitting, repetitive/overuse injuries, arthritis and postural dysfunction. Specific conditions like low back pain, sciatica, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tension headaches, shoulder strain, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome can benefit from soft tissue release. STR is a combination of myofascial release, massage and stretching that help to decrease pain, increase circulation, rearrange muscle fibers, lengthen muscles and surrounding fascia as well as break down scar tissue. This results in faster healing, improved mobility, improved muscle function, injury prevention and improved performance. This technique can be performed before a workout, sport or activity to prepare muscles, after a workout, sport or activity as part of a cool down or throughout the day when muscles feel tight and sore. Patients are also educated on how to perform STR on themselves at home.

Physiotherapy can improve quality of life by optimizing mobility, physical activity, maintaining functional independence, and managing chronic and serious conditions and limitations. With extensive knowledge of movement sciences, physiotherapists seek to enhance or regain function of affected areas of the body. In addition to treating specific ailments, they can recommend general changes and methods to improve your general well being.

The physiotherapy profession values health, quality of life and a healthy lifestyle. They work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private clinics and home care. With ongoing clinical research, physiotherapists continue to develop new techniques for the whole body to prevent and treat injuries and disorders.

Special Services We Offer

Certain physiotherapists are trained to offer special services including dry needling and the Graston technique. Dry needling is an intramuscular stimulation with a needle to induce muscular twitches, stimulate a contract-relax response, to create micro-tears in the tissue in order to bring blood and healing cells into the injured and/or tense tissue. Overall the goal is to speed along healing. Graston technique is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization whereby stainless steel instruments are used to detect muscular lesions, connective tissue adhesions, and to allow more effective localization and treatment of these areas. These added skills of the physiotherapist can optimize treatment outcomes for the client.

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