Physical Therapy

Physiotherapy is a primary health care profession that treats a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardio-respiratory conditions. At Acadia Physical Therapy, we assess and treat a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions. Physiotherapists use a combination of hands on treatment, Electrotherapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercises to improve your mobility, function and well being.

Manual therapy

Manual therapy involves using a ‘hands on’ approach to the diagnosis and treatment of joints, muscles and nerves in your spine and extremities. Depending on the therapeutic objective, this could involve either a gentle slow movement (mobilization) or a quick thrust (manipulation) of the affected part. The Physiotherapists at Acadia have specialized training in manual therapy and are certified to perform spinal manipulations.

Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy involves the use of devices that produce electrical and mechanical effects. They provide a wide range of therapeutic benefits. These include pain management, tissue healing, improvement of strength and motor control, reduction of inflammation and delivery of pharmacological agents through the skin.

The electrotherapeutic modalities commonly used, include, but are not limited to: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Interferential current (IFC), Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), Therapeutic Ultrasound (US) and Traction.

Therapeutic Exercise

Exercise programs designed by your physiotherapist are aimed at restoring movement, strength, posture, balance and function. Your program could be a combination of stretching, balance exercises with swiss balls and wobble boards and strengthening with weights and resistive devices. Cardiovascular and general conditioning exercises are usually incorporated in your regimen to impact your overall well being.

Additional Links:

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Physiotherapy Alberta

Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy