What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a researched-based health science that focuses on the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the human body. Combined with their clinical expertise, Physiotherapists use this knowledge to assist individuals in their recovery from injury.
Physiotherapists are trained to treat injuries that affect various areas of the body including musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological. Physiotherapists can clinically diagnose your pain by using special tests that differentiate between bone, cartilage, ligament, muscles and nerves. They then determine the structure that is injured, the healing time frame for that structure, and what to do in that time frame to quicken and ensure optimal healing.
A major difference between Physiotherapy and other allied health professions is that physiotherapists complete extensive training of the entire human musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and neurological systems and how specific exercises enhance its recovery. Physiotherapists incorporate these researched exercises as an adjunct to their treatment which enables the individual to actively participate in their recovery process. Physiotherapists are also aware of contraindicative movements and exercises for specific injuries (e.g.: what NOT to do after a knee reconstruction). That said, you are in safe hands when it comes to rehabilitation after injury or surgery.