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What Is a Physiotherapist?

What Is a Physiotherapist? Their Craft Explained

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As one of the most unsung and underrated heroes in the medical craft, Physiotherapists are experts in their field. They assist physicians with the prolonged treatment of patients with chronic pain and other ailments that don't resolve with rest and medication. They are essential in anyone's recovery process.

Their crucial and careful practice is essential when you encounter injuries, chronic pain, recovering from surgery or a stroke, and even prolonged COVID-19 systemic injuries. Physiotherapists work closely with patients by providing a hands-on, personalized treatment plan, increasing your quality of life and speeding up your recovery process.

Our bodies are innervated with nerves and surrounded by muscle tissue that can suffer at the hands of diseases and accidents that are beyond our control. However, physical therapists are trained to know exactly what their patients need to improve mobility, speech, and even sensitivity. Their professional craft goes beyond simple exercises.

So what is a Physiotherapist, and what do they do? Somerset Family Chiropractic explains their indisputably important job in patient recovery.

What is a Physiotherapist?

A Physiotherapist is a professional with a master's degree in Physical Therapy. They have studied arduously and trained to provide hands-on treatment to address body dysfunctions, like motor and respiratory problems. They also implement treatment programs to prevent physical disabilities resulting from chronic illness or accidents. Physical therapy is geared towards developing, maintaining, and restoring movement and functional ability threatened by aging, injury, pain, diseases, or environmental factors.

Your physical therapist will sit down and discuss your problems which may include: mobility issues, getting off your chair, bed, or toilet, taking the stairs, breathlessness, coughing, balance, joint stiffness, and muscle weakness. They will also evaluate sensitivity issues related to touch and temperature. They will create a personalized treatment plan based on their assessment.

What do Physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists are qualified to do many things, but mainly, they are there to assess your physical condition. They will test your mobility, strength, and endurance and develop a specific treatment plan to set goals for your recovery. A Physiotherapist's goal is to restore mobility as much as possible and reduce limitations and offer pain relief.

However, physical therapy isn't a magical cure despite how incredibly a Physiotherapist might handle their job. Recovery takes time, so your therapist will monitor your progress over a set period and adjust their treatment according to your evolution and your preferences.

Most importantly, they will prepare you to independently take your exercises and treatment. They will advise you on managing your conditions and educate you on preventing further complications.

Do Physiotherapists specialize in different areas?

Long answer short, yes. Physiotherapists can seek to specialize their services in specific areas, pain relief, treatment types, and diseases. You can find a physical therapist for just about anything, including:

  • Chronic pain

  • Arthritis

  • Constipation

  • Diabetes

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Joint Replacement Rehabilitation

  • Neurology

  • Respiratory Therapy

  • Orthopedics

  • Prenatal care

  • Pediatrics

  • Sport Injury

  • TMJ Disorder

  • Vertigo

  • Whiplash Associated Disorders

  • TMJ

  • Vaginal/Rectal Pain

  • Vestibular/Vertigo Disorders

  • Whiplash Associated Disorders

How do I know if I need a Physiotherapist?

Anyone who has suffered a debilitating injury can benefit from a physical therapy appointment. However, since a Physiotherapist's job isn't centered around accidents and short-term injuries, you can also benefit from treatment if you're having trouble moving around or performing tasks in your daily life or are looking for pain relief.

If you have recently suffered a stroke and have encountered mobility or sensitivity issues, have a respiratory illness or trouble breathing, or have a musculoskeletal disorder that limits your movements, ask your doctor if you could enroll in a physical therapy program.

Physical therapy has proven successful for illnesses like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder, Golfer's Elbow, Vertigo, Migraines and other types of headaches, Sciatica, sports injuries, Whiplash, Muscular Dystrophy, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Scoliosis, and other conditions.

Where do I find a Physiotherapist near me?

If you are in the Ajax, Ontario, area and are looking for a physical therapist, Somerset Family Chiropractic will be more than happy to assist you. We offer the personalized care you need to return to normality. Call us at 289-216-5835 and set an appointment with us today.


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