Physiotherapy or physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative medicine aiming to help patients maintain, recover or improve their physical abilities. It is a degree-based healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats and works to prevent disease and disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients manage pain and prevent diseases. This is more than just your average exercise where you simply move and break a sweat. Physiotherapy encompasses years of study, proven methods and more than capable, licensed therapists. In Your Home Therapy houses the most competent and friendliest licensed Toronto therapists and staffs. They work in partnership with their patients, assisting them overcome their movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or a life-changing event. Physiotherapy can help you recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility.
This profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible. A physiotherapist can also prevent you from further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcome. It is important to have goals in every juncture of the treatment. To achieve this, effective communication and rapport between the health care practitioner and patient must be present and reinforced. Trust and reliance also play a big role in fulfilling this. All services are also covered under Ontario registered health professional so you will be reimbursed by your plan. They also offer senior citizen and disability discount. They are a holistic therapy provider that caters to all individuals in all walks of life that needs medical help and intervention.
Physiotherapy has come a long way from the nineteenth century when massage and manipulation were seen as being outside the realm of medical science, which at that time revolved around drug treatment and invasive surgical procedures to treat certain medical condition and intervention. A physiotherapist aims to identify and maximize quality of life and movement potential through prevention, intervention (treatment), promotion, habilitation and rehabilitation. Habilitation means making somebody fit or capable of doing something. Rehabilitation means making somebody fit or capable of doing something that they can no longer do properly or at all, but used to be – restoring ability or abilities. Promotion means the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve control. It may be confusing but physiotherapy or physical therapy is not alternative therapy. It is a clinical health science. Physical therapist study medical science subjects such as anatomy, neuroscience and physiology in order to acquire the health education needed for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and etc., of patients with physical problem. A qualified physical therapist is an expert in the examination and treatment of people with cardiothoracic, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular diseases; focusing on conditions and problems that undermine patients’ abilities to move and function effectively.
Physiotherapy has gone a long way from just dealing and treating sports-related injuries. In fact, you can benefit from physiotherapy at any stage of your life. Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma and in preparing for childbirth or sporting events. Physiotherapists use their training and skills to treat a wide range of physical problems linked to different systems in the body including:
- Neuromuscular systems – concerned with both nerves and muscles. Nerves include the brain, spine and nerves throughout the body. Neuromuscular refers to the neuromuscular junction – where nerves and muscle fibers meet, and also includes neuromuscular transmission – the transfer of information, impulse from the nerve to the muscle.
- Musculoskeletal systems – an organ system that gives us the ability to move using our muscles and bones (muscular and skeletal systems). The musculoskeletal system gives us form, movement and stability. The musculoskeletal system includes our bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissues.
- Cardiovascular system – include the heart and the circulatory systems. The circulatory system carries nutrients and oxygen via the blood vessels to the tissues o the body and removes wastes and carbon dioxide from them.
- Respiratory system – include organs that are involved in breathing, such as the lungs, bronchi, trachea, larynx, throat and nose.
Neurological disorders such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury make up a chunk of percentage of a physiotherapy’s caseload. A stroke patient may present hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body), hemiparesis (weakness of one side of the body) abnormal muscle tone and or neglect on one side of the body. Physiotherapy proves to be an indispensable, invaluable in correcting these issues, or when necessary, train the individual to compensate for these deficits. For children suffering from cerebral palsy, physiotherapy is essential for helping to reduce spasticity and deformity, improve postural control and train the child to use assistive devices and do all that is necessary to maximize the child’s functional independence. Cardiopulmonary conditions respond well to physiotherapy intervention. Patients who have difficulties performing their activities of daily living, shortness of breath and decrease endurance can achieve markedly improved quality of life through guided exercise and resistance training. Patients especially the elderly become fearful after cardiac surgery but proper training in getting in and out of bed or pushing up from a chair and walking can help patients regain confidence and set them on the road to recovery.
An important aspect to keep in mind about physiotherapy is that it is individualized to meet each person’s individual personal needs. Each person may respond differently to therapy. People have different types of bodies, different pattern of movement, different alignments and different habits. Toronto physiotherapists and their trained staffs can monitor each individual and develop appropriate programs to cater and even out improper habits, alignments and movement patterns. After having a consultation and assessment with our more than competent physiotherapists about their goals of recovery; a treatment plan will then be developed that will guarantee results. You can always talk and share your thoughts about your treatment plan.