Who benefits from physiotherapy?
Patients of all ages and life stages can benefit from physiotherapy, a health practice designed to help patients cope with pain and prevent disease.
Whether you have suddenly sustained an injury, are managing a long-term medical condition such as asthma, or are preparing for a physically demanding event such as childbirth or a marathon, your physiotherapy treatment can be catered to meet your individual needs. Your physiotherapist will work with you to determine the best course of action, developing a personalized treatment plan designed to accomplish your specific goals. While many people associate physiotherapy with functional limitations stemming from injuries, physiotherapists can also help people cope with various diseases that impact the muscles, joints or bones, as well as the cardiac, respiratory, nervous, and circulatory systems.
Physiotherapy is an appropriate treatment option for any of the following concerns
- Chronic pain
- Work related accidents
- Automobile accidents
- Sports injuries
- Postural problems
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Whiplash associated disorder
- Severe burns
- Respiratory disorders
- Joint injuries
- Joint stiffness
- Complications arising from a sprain, strain or fracture
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Lack of flexibility
- Muscle injuries
- Neurological problems such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s paralysis
- Respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis).
- Severe burns
- Chronic heart disease
- Rehabilitation following a heart attack
- Loss of balance
- Motor development delays
- Orthopedic problems
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Perineal and pelvic rehabilitation
Patients who are struggling with one or more of the aforementioned concerns often arrive to their first appointment feeling very discouraged due to the negative impact their injury or illness has on their day to day life. Regardless of its cause, chronic pain and health issues can limit your mobility and make it difficult to work and complete other daily tasks, negatively impacting your quality of life. Your physiotherapist will plan and facilitate your recovery, finding a solution to help you return to work, while ensuring that you can remain as active and independent as possible.
How can Toronto physiotherapy be used to manage chronic illness and pain?
According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, approximately 50% of Canadians are coping with one or more chronic health conditions. Physiotherapy can be used to treat and prevent common chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, hypertension, and emphysema.
In addition, physiotherapy can help patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a diagnosis that approximately one in four Canadians receive in their lifetime. Through both treating and preventing chronic health conditions, physiotherapy can greatly enhance a patient’s quality of life by improving their mobility and restoring their functional performance. In addition, physiotherapy has been proven to decrease pain and shortness of breath, which is symptomatic of many chronic diseases. Finally, physiotherapy can have a tremendous impact on a patient’s confidence and self-esteem, as it instills a commitment to exercise, which has a number of physical and mental health benefits.
In addition to treating chronic illnesses, Toronto physiotherapy can be used to manage chronic pain, which is defined as pain that is experienced for three or more consecutive months. This persistent pain can be extremely frustrating, as it often impacts affected individuals’ ability to work, sleep, and participate in the sports and activities that they enjoy.
As a result, it can affect one’s personal and professional success and often takes a toll on one’s self-esteem. Physiotherapists can help patients with chronic pain by assessing their movement and muscle activity to get to the source of their pain and devising a personalized pain management program. At Painless Medicine Clinic, our physiotherapists work closely alongside the other members of our pain management team, taking a holistic approach to chronic pain treatment. A combination of manual treatments such as massage, acupuncture or soft tissue mobilization may be recommended as well as exercises and tips to target your pain while also improving your posture and mobility. In addition, your physiotherapist will provide you with practical advice, ensuring that you are utilizing the most suitable equipment and wearing the right shoes, for example.
How does Physiotherapy Work?
During your first visit, you will be examined by one of our Toronto physiotherapists who will listen to your concerns, including your symptoms and limitations and assess your condition as well as your physical abilities and functions. Your medical history will be reviewed in order to determine your medication usage, existing or past medical conditions, and allergies.
Physical tests will be completed to determine the source of your pain and provide a physiotherapeutic diagnosis. Finally, a personalized treatment plan will be developed to meet your particular needs and goals and you will be provided with a series of practical suggestions and/or exercises which should be completed to help you manage your pain and restore or maximize your physical functions and abilities. Your physiotherapist will encourage you to take an active role in the treatment and management of your pain. It is important to follow their instructions carefully to maximize your treatment and ensure that you see the results you desire.
Our team at Painless Medicine and Therapeutics focuses on improving our patient’s pain conditions.
Our goal and philosophy is to make the patient’s therapeutic experience as painless as possible by finding a therapeutic plan that best treats their symptoms and lifestyle. We truly believe in collaboration and working closely with patients so that they have control over their medication, and so that the treatment aligns with our clinic’s values.
In cases where chronic pain cannot be cured, but instead must be effectively managed, our team’s purpose is to limit the complications and to minimize the severity of the symptoms experienced by the patient. We wish to optimize our patients’ control over their pain so they feel enabled to be the best possible version of themselves and enjoy life again.
If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition, we highly suggest that you visit our clinic in Toronto to see what we can do for you.