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May 8, 2008

Physiotherapy . . . Moves People!

Physiotherapy is a primary health care profession that promotes wellness, mobility and independent function. Physiotherapists have advanced understanding of how the body moves, what keeps it from moving well and how to restore mobility. Physiotherapists work in hospitals, long term care facilities, community-based clinics and in a person's home to provide valuable health care for people of all ages - from birth to old age.

Physiotherapists manage and prevent many physical problems caused by illness, disability and disease, sport and work related injuries, aging and long periods of inactivity. Physiotherapists are skilled in the assessment and hands-on management of a broad range of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems.

Physiotherapists develop unique treatment plans that require active participation from the individual who requires assistance to regain function and/or mobility. The physiotherapist also works in close consultation with the individual to ensure the progression of the treatment plan is consistent with their goals and personal circumstances.

The physiotherapist follows four basic steps to maximize an individual’s health potential and minimize the strains and stresses on their body:

  1. Assess the level of mobility, strength, endurance and function.

  2. Develop a specific treatment plan to restore movement, maximize functional abilities and reduce limitations, including pain.

  3. Provide specific therapeutic exercises, monitor progress and adjust the treatment accordingly.

  4. Promote independence with advice on how to self-manage the condition and prevent complications or recurrence of the problem.

In Manitoba, a doctor's referral is not required to access a physiotherapist and many extended health plans cover physiotherapy treatment. Physiotherapy care received through a Manitoba hospital is covered by Manitoba Health.

Physiotherapy is essential to maintain health, mobility and independence. To find a physiotherapist to help you attain your goals, visit the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

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