What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a medical discipline that involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of impairments and disabilities affecting the musculoskeletal (muscles, joints and bones) and neurological (nerves and spinal cord) systems.
Its role is to help patients regain, maintain or improve their mobility, using a variety of treatments including manual techniques, exercises, electrotherapy, ultrasound therapy and thermotherapy (application of ice or heat).
Physiobalance clinics offer a variety of treatment techniques that can help prevent, cure and eliminate musculoskeletal disorders. Note that you don't need a doctor's prescription to see a physiotherapist.
Two physiotherapy specialists
In Quebec, two types of therapist can practice physiotherapy: the physiotherapist and the physiotherapy technologist (the latter was formerly known as a physical rehabilitation therapist).
Physiotherapists hold a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy and are trained to work with clients of all ages. This title is legally reserved for members of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec. Because they know the human body inside out, they can treat a wide range of problems affecting muscles, bones, joints and various systems (neurological, respiratory, circulatory and cardiac). After a thorough assessment, he makes a diagnosis, then designs and implements a treatment plan, while advising you on how to optimize your health.
The physiotherapy technologist
The physiotherapy technologist holds a DEC in physiotherapy techniques and looks after a varied clientele. This title is legally reserved for members of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec. The physiotherapist's role is to implement and monitor the treatment plan devised by the physiotherapist. This support also includes advice and exercises to do at home to continue the work done in the clinic.