The human body is quite an amazing machine, but occasionally a wide range of conditions and injuries can take its toll.
Physiotherapists at Interactive Health use a variety of treatment methods including:
- Therapeutic Exercises & Education/Home Program
- Exercise (General, Corrective)
- Manual therapy (Manipulation, Mobilization, Active Release Therapy)
- Electrotherapy (TENS, Interferential, Muscle Stimulation)
- Graston, ISTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
- Diathermy: Ultrasound, Radiofrequency
- Acupuncture: Anatomical, Dry Needling, IMS (intramuscular stimulation)
- Therapeutic Laser (Class 3b, Class 4)
- Shockwave, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
- Increasing injury recovery
- Soft Tissue Techniques
- Ice/Heat/Hot Wax Therapy
- Balance/Gait Training
These modalities will re-establish normal movement in your joints, muscles and nerves.
An Evidence-Based Solution that’s Low-Risk and Non-Invasive
Sometimes we see patients who are already recovering from surgery, but in many cases, we can help you avoid the need for surgery altogether. Surgery can be high-risk and might not work. Prescription pain medications also come with serious risks involved and lose their effectiveness over time. We commonly see patients who have developed a tolerance to their prescriptions.
We’re happy to be able to provide treatment that’s safe and leads to long-term recovery, not just a temporary reduction in pain. Our treatment programs are aimed at assisting your body in healing itself naturally so that you can live better and make your stubborn and chronic pain a thing of the past.
We provide professional treatment for many conditions:
- Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries – Insurance Approved
- Work related injuries – WCB Approved
- Post-operative rehab/therapy – Alberta Health Funding
- Post fracture rehabilitation – Alberta Health Funding
- Muscle/Joint/Sport injuries
- Chronic pain
- Degenerative diseases (Osteoarthritis)
- Tendonitis/arthritis management
- Office injury prevention (ergonomics)
What is Physiotherapy?
A physiotherapist is a movement specialist, educated in analyzing mobility issues with walking, running, jumping, bending, stretching, and almost every other form of physical activity.
Physiotherapy is intended to relieve pain and strengthen muscles, and ensure that your treatment plan does not cause you any pain or discomfort.
Pain relief, strengthening, and functional integration are the three levels of physiotherapy. Some people are fearful of physiotherapy because they think it can hurt or negatively affect them, but this is not so. Physiotherapy is not meant to inflict pain; rather, it is meant to reduce or eliminate it entirely.
Your physiotherapist will design your rehabilitation program to include exercises that will improve your strength, agility, balance, and overall mobility and an at home exercise plan. They will be just as dedicated to your recovery as you are, and will encourage you to achieve all the goals you outlined in the beginning.
The result of physiotherapy is that you can live the active life you want, free of painful limitations. That can only happen if you apply what you’ve learned in your treatments to the real world.
Benefits of Physiotherapy
The goal of physiotherapy remains the same, regardless of why you are using its services to feel better.
Maybe you are dealing with after effects from an accident. Maybe you’re healing from surgery and struggling to regain your range of motion. Maybe your knees aren’t what they used to be, and you’re hoping for some help so you can continue on your evening walks or play with your children without pain.
Whatever the case may be, your physiotherapist is dedicated to relieving your pain and getting you back to your peak level of physical health.
Through in-office sessions and at-home exercises, patients strengthen their muscles and joints, improve their balance, build endurance, and experience pain relief, all without the unwanted harmful risks of drugs or surgery.
Prepping for your initial appointment:
- Please arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment.
- Bring a copy of your insurance (Extended Health Benefit) card and a photo ID with you.
- We also recommend you call your insurance/health benefit provider or access your online profile to verify your coverage before your visit.
- Have in writing key past medical history, previous treatments, current medications, and other important information.
- List out signs and symptoms that can be of importance to your therapist. Location of pain, how long you have been experiencing it and what you believe caused its onset.
- It’s a good idea to make a list of questions that you have to discuss on your first visit.
What your appointment will look like:
- Upon your arrival at our office, you will register at our front desk. They will help you with the insurance and treatment process so that you can focus on having the best recovery possible.
- Your physiotherapist will meet you for your initial assessment. They will ask questions about your medical history, current pain, or injury during your assessment. Try to be as honest as you can; open communication helps us to understand your problem better.
- Your movement, strength, coordination, and much more will be assessed during your appointment. Our goal is to help you, so please make sure that you communicate with our therapist if anything hurts or bothers you during the examination.
- Our physiotherapist will recommend and prepare a customized course of treatment to ensure the quickest recovery and the best results. Some treatments will be performed on the first day to get you started on the road to recovery. However, you will get to the full program of your treatment plan during the next visit.
- Your therapist will write their findings and plan for treatment to be submitted to your referring physician or any other medical professional you choose.
- After your therapist has finished, you will schedule your follow-up visits at the front desk. The amount of therapy needed will be dependent upon the advice of your therapist, and will also be discussed with you at your first visit.
Is Physiotherapy for you?
Please visit the following link for more information: http://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/