What is a Physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist is a university trained primary health care professional, who treats patients with physical conditions/injuries. Our goal at Richmond Blundell Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic in BC is to restore mobility, functional independence and to promote overall wellness.
What Physiotherapists do?
- The objective is to reduce the pain/inflammation, swelling and to restore normal movement, strength, and optimal function.
- Your physiotherapist will identify your needs and outline a treatment plan to achieve the best possible result.
At Richmond Blundell Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, our physiotherapists focus on manual therapy, a 'Hands on Approach' to treating musculoskeletal conditions.
- Manual Therapy:
- Soft tissue techniques to decrease pain, breakdown scar tissue, release muscular trigger points, regain muscle length and improve mobility and function.
- Spinal/Joint mobilization is used to restore range of motion in the neck, back and joints.
- Use of Ice vs. Heat.
- Modified activities and safe postural that will help with healing and prevent exacerbation of the injury.
Postural advice with respect to sleep, work and recreational activities. This includes type and number of pillows, mattress, chair, car seat, desk height, computer and lighting. Correct ergonomic positions will decrease stress on the injured soft tissues (muscles, ligaments) and joints.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy, Laser, Ultrasound, Interferential, Tens are used to decrease pain and inflammation and to promote healing.
- Spinal Decompression Therapy:
Used in the treatment of Bulging Discs, Sciatica, Osteoarthritis, Spondylolisthesis and Nerve Root compression to decrease pain and to improve spinal mobility of the neck, back and lower back.
- Exercise Therapy:
Progressive exercise program to regain flexibility, strength and function. It involves retraining muscle stability, core strength and focuses on regaining functional independence with regards to activities of daily life. It includes a home program.
Has a positive effect on decreasing pain, releasing scar tissue/ painful trigger points and restoring balanced energy flow.
Can assist in supporting the injured area thereby decreasing pain, spasm and swelling. It can also help to improve pain free mobility and function in the healing stages of the injury.
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