Physiotherapy is a health care profession which assists people to restore, maintain and maximize their strength, function, movement, and overall well-being.
At E3, our Saskatoon 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 treatment at E3 includes rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness.
Physiotherapy treatment can help you become stronger and more flexible, increase freedom of movement and mobility, breathe easier, reduce pain, stay active, and prevent injury so you can resume activities important to you.
- Education and Advice
- Movement and Exercise
- Manual Therapy
One of the main aspects of physiotherapy treatment involves looking at the body as a whole rather than focusing on the individual factors of an injury.
Therefore, giving general advice about improving your well-being – for example, participating in regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight for your height and build – is an important part of physiotherapy treatment.
A physiotherapist can also give you specific advice to apply to everyday activities to look after yourself and reduce your risk of pain or injury.
For example, if you have back pain, you may be advised about good posture, correct lifting or carrying techniques, and avoiding awkward twisting, over-stretching or prolonged sitting.
Our Saskatoon Physiotherapists recommend movement and exercise to help improve your mobility and function. This may include:
- exercises designed to improve movement and strength in a specific part of the body – these usually need to be repeated regularly for a set length of time
- activities that involve moving your whole body, such as walking or swimming – these can help if you're recovering from an operation or injury that affects your mobility
- exercises carried out in warm, shallow water (hydrotherapy or aquatic therapy) – the water can help relax and support the muscles and joints, while providing resistance to help you gradually get stronger
- advice and exercises to help you increase or maintain your physical activity – advice will be given on the importance of keeping active, and how to do this in a safe, effective way
Your physiotherapist may also recommend exercises that you can continue doing to help you manage pain in the long term or reduce your risk of injuring yourself again.
Manual therapy is a part of physiotherapy treatment that includes your physiotherapist using their hands to manipulate, mobilize and massage the body tissues.
This can help:
- relieve pain and stiffness
- improve blood circulation
- help fluid drain more efficiently from parts of the body
- improve the of joints throughout the body
- promote relaxation
Manual therapy can treat specific problems, such as back pain, but may also be useful for a range of conditions that don't affect the bones, joints or muscles.