What Is Physical Therapy?

What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a health care profession that provides treatment to individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and function throughout life. This includes providing treatment in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.

Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the areas of education, prevention, treatment/intervention and rehabilitation of patients. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being. It involves the interaction between physical therapist, patients/clients, other health professionals, families, care givers, and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physical therapists.

Physiotherapists use an individual’s history, physical examination and functional evaluation to arrive at a diagnosis and establish a management plan and, when necessary, incorporate the results of laboratory and imaging studies. Physical therapy has many specialties including cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, neurologic, orthopedic and pediatrics, to name some of the more common areas.

What to expect:

We strive to offer an innovative and modern based one-on-one rehabilitation program, utilizing evidence based pro-active physical therapy. Each visit will consist of a mini re-assessment before your therapy begins ensuring your rehabilitation is constantly dynamic with a forward progression. You can trust that at Elite Physio® your therapist is someone who takes care of their health through exercising, staying fit and as certified strength and conditioning specialists, understands the meaning behind the term core strengthening. After all, we expect the most from you and in such, you should expect the same in return from us.

Physical Therapy Procedures

Cryotherapy
Can be used to reduce swelling in the tissues and decrease pain. Surface cooling restricts blood flow, decreases pain and reduces muscle spasms. If your therapist has you following up with icing at home, it is recommended to ice 20min on, 30min off and 20min on again. You may need to repeat this procedure again a few hours later depending on the complexity of your condition.

Moist Heat / Hydrocollator (superficial heat)
Can be used to decrease pain, decrease muscle spasm, decrease elevated muscle tone and increase blood flow. Do not use heat on areas that are inflamed as this will have a temporary calming affect on the area while being applied but will increase swelling which will exacerbate any pain later.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
This is typically used in acute conditions and may
assist in softening myofascial adhesions, increase vascular pumping to reduce inflammation, strengthen muscle
after injury, fatigue muscle spasms and break up adhesions that have accumulated around joints.

Ultrasound (deep heat)
Continuous Ultrasound can be used for deeper penetration of heat
in order to soften tissues, assist in the breakup of myofascial adhesions, increase blood flow and decrease
pain. Ultrasound can also be used to drive analgesic/anti-inflammatory molecules deep into an injured area
(Phonophoresis) or for Micromassage (Pulsed Ultrasound) to help connective tissue such as ligaments to heal
faster with better scar tissue organization.

Mechanical Traction
Can be used to relieve compression, stretch spinal segments, reduce
muscle spasms and reduce swelling/edema.

Core Strength and Conditioning
Can be used to restore the balance of the musculoskeletal
system so that muscle groups fire in proper sequence and not actively pulling one way or the other. It allows
the body to restore its integral function while building up strength to combat/prevent poor posture and mechanics
which lead to injury and degenerative arthritic changes over time, changes that may become irreversible. This is
where the majority of our focus with you is spent one-on-one using state of the art equipment, as well as conventional tools such as, steppers, stability balls, weights, versa discs, kettle bells and others to put together a dynamic program specific to your injury.