What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession dedicated to helping people identify and maximize their ability to move and function throughout their lifetime. Physiotherapists utilize diagnostic and assessment procedures and tools in order to develop and implement preventive and therapeutic courses of intervention. They apply a collaborative and reasoned approach to help clients achieve their health goals, in particular focusing on the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and multi-systems. Within these systems, physiotherapists practice in areas that include pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, women’s health, pain, critical care, wound care, occupational health and sports medicine. Core skills used by chartered physiotherapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the application of electro-physical modalities.
Physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of how the body works and specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury and disability. Physiotherapy includes rehabilitation as well as injury prevention and the promotion of health and fitness. Physiotherapists often work in teams with other health professionals to help meet an individual’s health care needs.
Physiotherapy can help you …
- become stronger and more flexible
- increase freedom of movement and mobility
- breathe easier
- reduce pain
- stay active
- prevent injury
… so you can resume activities that are important to you.
Neurological physiotherapy is the treatment of individuals who have neurological impairments; for example, Traumatic Brain Injury or Stroke; Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injury and Parkinson’s disease.
Neurological Physiotherapy is able to kick-start the message pathways that your brain is struggling to use to make new pathways through repetitive actions and exercises. Many of our clients who undergo Neurological Physiotherapy can improve symptoms such as difficulties with loss of balance, loss of hand and arm or leg and foot function, walking, spasticity and pain.
At the first consultation we assess and create personal goals. At Team Theraputix, we recognize that everybody’s goals are different. They can be anything form walking, driving to visit friends or family, returning to work or participating in sports again.
Physiotherapy sessions are carried out by our Registered Physiotherapist who is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, a Therapeutic Exercise Instructor or Physiotherapy Assistant. A comprehensive assessment establishes the individual’s needs and recommendations for the future treatment. Following the initial assessment we can also advise whether there is a need to seek further assessments such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and/or other holistic therapies.
At Team Theraputix we use the most cutting-edge technologies such as Lokomat Gait training, Armeo Functional Rehabilitation and FES.
Lokomat Gait Training – The Lokomat is the first robot-assisted modality utilized for ambulation therapy. It has been used successfully to train neurologically impaired clients with loss of function in their lower body. Lokomat offers the most physiological gait pattern with constant feedback and therapy assessment. It improves patient outcomes by increasing therapy volume and intensity, providing task-specific training and increasing patient engagement.
Therapy with the Lokomat has established itself as an effective intervention for improving over-ground walking function in neurological patients worldwide. More scientific papers on the Lokomat training have been published in peer-reviewed journals than for any other robotic device for lower-extremity rehabilitation, showing positive results and functional improvements.
Armeo Functional Rehabilitation – The Armeo facilitates intensive task-oriented upper extremity therapy. This is a sustainable and powerful therapy concept for individuals who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain injury or neurological disorders resulting in hand and arm impairment.
Despite the patient’s disorder, research suggests that the neural plasticity of the brain is retained and new connections can be made through intensive, repetitive, task-oriented movements. These exercises assist the gradual reorganization of the brain, which subsequently allows the restoration of movement and functionality to the affected parts.
Clinical trials also indicate that therapies are more effective if the patient initiates the exercise and remains motivated through the often lengthy rehabilitation process, a recovery period in which one-to-one therapist attention may not be economically viable.
Using this clinical evidence as a basis, the Armeo Therapy Concept has been developed. It comprises three features and a modular line of three Armeo products, all driven from a single software platform. The result is a comprehensive therapy concept which addresses different patient and therapeutic needs across the whole “Continuum of Rehabilitation”, from the beginning of the rehabilitation process through to home therapy.
FES – Functional Electrical Stimulation cycling is a therapeutic activity that uses electrical muscle contractions of paralyzed lower limbs. FES Cycling, as part of your overal neurological rehabilitation, is an effective way of keeping fit and exercising when, following a spinal cord injury, stroke, MS or other neurological challenge such as Parkinson’s Disease or Transverse Myelitis, regular exercise is difficult to get.
This FES technology uses precise functional electrical stimulation to actively exercise the muscles of paralysed limbs. An FES bike improves circulation, eases spasms, strengthens muscles and much more. This is vital for long-term health for many people with limb paralysis.
At Team Theraputix, our specialists are specially trained in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. They utilize various techniques to encourage the best possible outcomes for their patients. Our orthopedic physical therapists diagnose, manage, and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system as well as rehabilitate patients post-orthopedic surgery.
Our therapists are trained in the treatment of post-operative joints, acute sports injuries, arthritis, amputations, neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries, and post-stroke, just to name a few. Our lead Physiotherapist has advanced training from Switzerland in Lokomat Gait Therapy and Armeo Functional Rehabilitation, as well as advanced training in rehabilitation for patients recovering from cancer, specifically lymphedema. Joint mobilizations, strength training, hot/cold packs, ultra sound, cold laser therapy and electrical stimulation are modalities often used to expedite recovery in the orthopedic setting. Those who have suffered injury or disease affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons of the body will benefit from assessment by a physical therapist specialized in orthopedics.
Orthopedic physical therapy is truly essential to restore the patients’ activity, strength and motion immediately after injuries or surgery. Orthopedic patients typically have deficiencies and weaknesses which could be eliminated, or at least alleviated, via specific, targeted workouts. Only a specialized physical therapist can show the patient and teach him/her the appropriate workouts designed to restore and enhance functions or at least minimize the problems.
Here are some of the ways that our Physiotherapists can help you:
- Maximize your mobility and function if you have a neurological disorder such as stroke, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy or Parkinson’s disease.
- Address physical challenges associated with sciatic pain, arthritis, repetitive strain injury and other joint injuries
- Provide rehabilitation following motor vehicle accidents and work injuries
- Sports Injury Rehabilitation
- Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
- Cancer treatment, specifically lymphedema