You will benefit from seeing a Physiotherapist whether you’re an elite athlete or an office worker. However, you do not need to have an injury to an assessment from a Physiotherapist. Physios help to improve your quality of life, performance, physical function and help to manage existing conditions.

What is a Physiotherapist and what do they do?

Physiotherapists are regulated, healthcare professionals. They are university-trained movement specialists. Because of their knowledge in anatomy, movement and mobility they will help to optimize function and quality of life. There are many benefits from seeing a Physiotherapist; listed below are 5 reasons to visit a Physiotherapist.

1. Alleviate pain

Pain can be acute or chronic. Acute pain has a sudden onset, can occur after a specific injury or trauma and has a short duration. Chronic pain lasts for more than 6 months and may require the assistance of a healthcare professional. Physiotherapists are trained to assess and identify the source of your pain.

2. Prevent Injuries

Physios help to prevent future injury and flare-ups of current conditions. Whether you’re training for a sport or starting a new activity, a Physiotherapist will be able to assess your current mobility, strength and stability. Based on your unique goals, a customized treatment plan will be provided to help you.

3. Improve your posture

Poor posture will cause pain, muscle imbalances and headaches. If you spend most of your day working in an office environment, as many do, you also spend time in the same position every day. Slouched shoulders and forward head posture leads to pain and dysfunction in your body. Physiotherapists help identify which areas need postural correction and which muscles need stretching and strengthening.

4. Improve post-surgical recovery

It takes time to heal after surgery. Because of restricted activity, you can experience muscle atrophy and weakness. Poor pain management also limits post-surgical recovery. A Physiotherapist will help you progress along with your rehabilitation in a safe and effective manner.

5. Address muscle imbalances

Muscle imbalances cause us pain and discomfort. Imbalances develop from chronic poor posture or overuse of the same muscles. Repetitive movements such as keyboarding can lead to elbow pain (aka “tennis elbow”). Physios are able to assess the muscles for any imbalances and provide a plan to improve or optimize function.

At Prarie Therapy we have experienced Physiotherapists to help assess and treat you. Call us at 403-200-2190 or conveniently book online