What is Physiotherapy?

A man working with his Physiotherapist to build arm strength with weights.

Are you experiencing new pain? Recently undergone surgery? Suffering from a concussion? Perhaps you’ve been recommended to see a physiotherapist but have no idea about this method of care? Understanding what physiotherapy is and how it can help you overcome your injury or illness doesn’t have to be a research project. Below, we explore what physiotherapy is, what physiotherapists do, and who can benefit from a physiotherapy treatment plan.

Why is Physiotherapy important?

Physiotherapy is important as it helps improve your physical wellbeing to help you function optimally in your daily life. Whether you’re struggling with an injury, chronic pain, or a chronic condition (e.g., cancer, diabetes) or need help with increasing your overall activity, physiotherapy can help.

How does Physiotherapy work?

Physiotherapy works by combining a combination of personalized education, hands-on treatments, with mobility and strengthening programs to develop a customized treatment plan to help you reach your health goals.

What do Physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists are experts who have completed accredited university degree and have passed nationally licensed exams and are registered with a regulatory body. In Nova Scotia, Physiotherapists are registered with the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapist.

Physiotherapists will take a detailed health history and perform a physical exam that consists of range of motion, strength testing, and manual therapy to help optimize your movement and daily function to help recover from, or prevent, illness or injury. They are primary health professionals and are trained to know if a referral to your doctor is required for further investigations of your injuries.

What can Physiotherapy treat?

Physiotherapists have a broad scope of practice as they are experts in movement and exercise prescription. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Chronic Pain Conditions (Fibromyalgia, CRPS, low back pain)
  • Cancer
  • Concussion
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • COPD

Who needs physiotherapy?

Anyone, at any age, who is experiencing pain or decreased mobility due to illness or injury. If your ability to function on a daily basis has been affected, physiotherapy is for you. While most people’s minds might immediately think of athletes, physiotherapy is a great treatment option for people of all age and activity levels.

Physiotherapists can support the management of various conditions. If you’re in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and need more information about how the process works, our team is happy to assist you.

Contact us today at ​​ (902) 425-3775. We also offer a free screening to see if our professional team can address your health concerns.