In the last article we looked at the concept of Dynamic Edge Physiotherapy. In this article we will look at what physiotherapy is and what makes physiotherapy different from other professions.
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that treats impairments and injuries while promoting mobility, function, and quality of life. Physiotherapy uses a thorough examination, diagnosis, and treatments to achieve this.
Physiotherapists are university trained health care practitioners. A bachelor’s degree and master’s degree are now required to become a practicing physiotherapist. While these degrees are required, many therapists continue on their post-graduate training with advanced training in other areas of the profession. Physiotherapists are considered primary care practitioners, which means that you don’t need a doctor referral to see the therapist.
You will commonly see physiotherapists working in an orthopaedic or sports clinic, however, there are a wide range of settings to work in. These may include: hospitals, schools, seniors’ centers, research facilities, educational facilities, management, consultation services, and many others. The profession of physiotherapy is regulated by the College of Physical Therapists.
There are three main branches of physiotherapy which include orthopaedics, neuro-rehab, and cardio-respiratory. Orthopaedics focuses on assessing and treating joints, muscles, and nervous system problems. Neuro-rehab focuses on patients who have suffered from a neurological impairment such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Cardio-respiratory is concerned with improving patient’s respiratory function by performing techniques such as chest clearing and education on breathing exercises. Over the next few articles we will look at some of the techniques that physiotherapists can use such as IMS and vestibular rehab.
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