FACT #1: PHYSIOTHERAPY AND PHYSICAL THERAPY IS THE SAME THING
One confusing aspect of our industry is that people believe physiotherapy and physical therapy are two very different things. Physiotherapy is physical therapy! Depending on the country, both of these terms are used to describe physical medicine and rehabilitation that improves mobility, function, and overall quality of life.
FACT #2: PHYSIOTHERAPY WAS ESTABLISHED IN CANADA AFTER WORLD WAR 1
According to the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University, physiotherapy was established in Canada to treat the thousands of Canadian soldiers who had been participating in World War 1. When these soldiers returned home, they needed help restoring function, mobility and rehabilitating injuries. Physiotherapy was the most commonly used treatment options for these soldiers.
FACT #3: PHYSIOTHERAPY INVOLVES HOMEWORK
The majority of people have never spent a minute doing homework after high school graduation but physiotherapists assign homework on a regular basis. In school, it was understood that in order to get great marks, homework had to be completed. In physiotherapy, strength-based exercises are considered homework and completion of this homework has a direct impact on results. In other words, if you’re recovering from an injury and want to get back to playing sports, please do your homework!
FACT #4: OBESITY CAN BE MANAGED AT A PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC
Many people believe that physiotherapy is great for injury rehabilitation, endurance training or recovery from things like a motor vehicle accident but other conditions such as obesity can be treated at Physio-Fit Physiotherapy Hospitals. We have nutritionists on staff that can treat a wide variety of disorders and conditions, including obesity.
FACT #5: PHYSIOTHERAPY IS USED TO TREAT VERTIGO
Vertigo is caused by an infection of the vestibular system, the part of the body that contributes to balance. The biggest symptom of vertigo is dizziness which can affect your overall balance. Physiotherapy is a scientifically proven treatment for vertigo. If you suffer from vertigo please visit Physio-Fit Physiotherapy Hospitals and we will treat the condition.
FACT #6: PHYSIOTHERAPY HAS BEEN AROUND FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS
Historians have determined that physiotherapy was invented by the Greek physician Hippocrates who is considered the “Father of Medicine.” In 460 BC, Hippocrates used hydrotherapy (water therapy) to treat patients and invented this commonly used practice which is still used thousands of years later.
FACT #7: PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN RELIEVE BACK PAIN
Paul VanWiechen, a professor at UOIT credits physiotherapy as the most common treatment for relieving back pain stemming from bad posture, injuries or even arthritis. VanWiechen states that a three-fold approach which includes weight management, muscle strengthening, and the “re-patterning” of muscles could completely alleviate back pain in most cases. VanWiechen, formerly of the Cleveland Clinic Canada believes that physiotherapists play a vital role in back health.
FACT #8: PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN EASE CHRONIC PAIN
According to a Danish study on chronic pain, physiotherapy is highly effective when it comes to treating chronic pain. The study assigned women who suffered from chronic pain into a 10-week physiotherapy program designed to improve balance and stabilize the spine and these women reported no pain after the program.
FACT #9: PHYSIOTHERAPY HELPS ATHLETES
Strength and endurance training often get overlooked in the physiotherapy industry, however, physiotherapists also work with athletes. Every major sports team has a physiotherapist on staff that may help increase stamina and endurance in these athletes. At our Physio-Fit Physiotherapy Hospitals, we have certified fitness trainers on staff who will improve function and get you to the level where you need to be to compete.