FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

1.) What is Physiotherapy?
2.) What do Physiotherapists do?
3.) What is massage therapy and how can it help you?

1.) What is Physiotherapy? 
Physiotherapy is a client focused heath profession dedicated to improving and maintaining functional independence and physical performance; preventing and managing pain, physical impairments, disabilities and limits to participation: and promoting fitness, health and wellness. It involves using a variety of techniques to help your body function optimally.

2.) What do Physiotherapists do? 
Physiotherapists provide a thorough physical assessment that helps determine a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for a wide range of health problems. Treatment may include modalities such as ultrasound, laser, heat/ice, hands-on manual therapy techniques, exercise, and education. Some physiotherapists also take extra training to learn other skills such as acupuncture, cranial-sacral therapy, myofascial release, intra-muscular stimulation, etc.

Physiotherapists try to ensure that you make the most of your lifestyle and advise you on ways to prevent potential health problems from occurring before they arise. They also work with you to integrate your care into your lifestyle.

3.) What is massage therapy and how can it help you? 
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body with the intention of producing therapeutic results. Put another way massage therapy is the deliberate damage of the muscle tissue with the intention of a positive result. Depending upon what stage the injury is in either, acute or chronic a skilled massage therapist will utilize different manipulations to treat the injury. If the injury is in the acute stage the massage therapist will employ techniques to help decrease the pain and decrease inflammation. These techniques could be light stroking or drainage techniques. If the injury is presenting in the chronic stage the massage therapist will employ techniques, like frictions, that will break down the scar tissue and start a positive controlled inflammatory response.

Depending upon what your needs are massage therapy could be for you. The first literary reference to massage dates back to 3000 BC. Hippocrates the father of modern medicine prescribed massage. Massage today in contemporary society is being used to treat complicated medical conditions, as a treat after a hard day’s work or just a part of regular health maintenance. Either way the benefits of massage to the body are it increases circulation; stimulates the lymphatic system (the body’s defense system), increases relaxation, decrease muscle tone, decreases scar tissue, improves digestion, improves range of motion and increases endorphins in the body (the body’s natural pain killers). These are only a few of the benefits – talk to a massage therapist to learn more or to see if massage is for you. All massage has a relaxation component and all massage has a therapeutic element.

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