Physiotherapy is one of the core services at Holistic Medical Clinic. We see patients of all abilities and walks of life for a myriad of reasons. Some patients come in for rehabilitation after trauma, MVA or sports injury. Some need help with starting a new exercise regimen or modifying their current workouts. And some want to improve specific aspects of their well-being, like easing chronic pain or correcting posture.
All of the above are great reasons to see a physiotherapist! “Physio is only for trauma rehabilitation” is a myth. Physiotherapy is versatile and can address a wide variety of physical disbalances and pain—the most important thing is to begin the journey. Our physiotherapists are incredibly happy to see patients who do not have a specific complaint but instead only an idea that perhaps they could do something differently. We love it when patients take initiative!
(If you are one of those people, please do not hesitate to come in for a consultation, it’s free.)
Here is how the physiotherapists at our clinic approach treatment plans, step-by-step:
1. We get to know the patient better—first and foremost, to make them more comfortable and at ease. Then, to discover pertinent details about health history, injuries, chronic pain, concerns, etc.
2. Reduce inflammation. Especially in the case of an acute injury or pain concern, addressing inflammation is the important next step. Inflammation may manifest as swelling, tenderness, pain, redness. Manual therapy and elements of massage therapy may be employed at this stage to reduce discomfort and allow the tissue to start healing.
3. Strengthen the muscles. Gaining the strength back after the injury or simply increasing the existing strength allows the muscles to better bear the brunt of the patient’s daily life and thus reduce the likelihood of future injury.
4. Exercises for the lower back and the core. Because lower back pain is one of the most common complaints, core exercises are often recommended — stronger core muscles equal better support for the back!
5. Postural education. Posture imbalances are a major contributor to back and neck pain, general strain… Given our sedentary lifestyles and the reliance on hand-held devices (think neck strain from constantly gazing forward and down!), posture correction is something we all could use more of!
Based on the patient’s needs and treatment plan, the steps above may be shuffled around, but the core principles stay the same. Remove inflammation – gain strength – create a solid foundation for healthy movement. Interested? Please get in touch!
Happy mobility and well-being, everyone!