What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the practice of observing the body and identifying areas of your lifestyle and movement that cause pain. It is a two-pronged approach that combines analysis of your body function and understanding of your daily wants and needs.
What can physiotherapy do for you?
Armed with a thorough knowledge of what you want your body to do as well as how your body is currently functioning, we will determine a plan of action to help you reach your specific goals, which are often to eliminate pain and get back to doing the things you love.
How does physiotherapy work?
The first time you come in we do what is called an Assessment.
At the Assessment you can expect:
- Brief paperwork identifying your medical history and your goals (~10 min)
- Conversation regarding your concerns and discussion to understand your lifestyle and what brings you in
- Movement and postural analysis to identify areas causing pain or needing improvement
- Education about your body, what is hurting and why it is happening
- Explanation of factors affecting your symptoms and what we can do to change these factors
- Collaboration on what short-term and long-term goals to attain
- Emphasis on listening to you and empowering you to understand and be active in your plan of care
- Overview of the plan of care to achieve your goals
- The assessment typically takes about 60 minutes
Follow up appointments are called Treatments.
At a Treatment you can expect:
- Conversation about how you are feeling and how the plan of care is going
- Therapist led or demonstrated movements of your body:
• Some movements may be passive (therapist moves your body)
• Many movements are active (therapist explains and demonstrates, and helps you complete the movements yourself, showing you how to move and explaining why it is important)
What are specific areas of expertise or interest for Nathan?
- Advanced hands on (manual) therapy including spinal manipulation (FCAMPT)
- Sports therapy (Sport Physiotherapy Canada Certificate)
- Golf therapy (Titleist Performance Institute Medical Professional 3)
- People who have challenging demands getting back to jobs or recreation
- • Returning to work and life after WCB or motor vehicle injuries
- • Back to optimal performance of hobbies and interests
- • Finding areas to improve, thus reducing pain and increasing efficiency
- • TPI screening and workout programs for golfers to build and maintain a comfortable, reliable, powerful golf swing
- • Education on beneficial exercise habits
- • Helping people understand anatomy
- • Improving perception of one’s body at rest (postures) and during movement
- • Arming patients with knowledge
What is the difference between chiropractic and physiotherapy at Glenbourne Chiropractic?
Physiotherapy and chiropractic are similar in that we concern ourselves with joints, muscle, and nerves (and other tissues) that affect your pain and ability to live the lifestyle you want. At Glenbourne Chiropractic, physiotherapy and chiropractic are also similar in that we care about each individual patient and seek to find solutions that work for your needs.
However, the main difference in these therapies is that a chiropractor will have more focus on adjusting the spine, while a physiotherapist will have more focus on helping you learn better postures and movements and will educate you in how certain movements can help or hinder your ability to lead the lifestyle you want.
Many patients experience benefits from both chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments concurrently. As practitioners at Glenbourne Chiropractic we will do all we can to come up with a treatment plan that works best for you. For some of our patients that can include seeing multiple practitioners to grant you the best service.