Friday, May 15, 2015

Athletic Therapy & Physiotherapy Part 2

Physiotherapy - Academy Massage Therapy - Winnipeg Massage TherapistsHow similar are athletic therapy and physiotherapy? 

In the first part of our May blog we focused on Athletic Therapy and how and when it is best utilized to provide relief from injuries mainly pertaining to sports. In this segment we will discuss Physiotherapy. Again it should be stated that while there are distinct similarities in treatment methods, in training and designation there are significant differences between an Athletic Therapist and a Physiotherapist.

It is important to note that only a registered physiotherapist is permitted to use the terms "physiotherapist", "physical therapist" or the professional designation "PT".  Moreover, only registered physiotherapists are permitted to provide physiotherapy assessment, treatment or evaluation.  He/she is a  healthcare professional who works with clients to identify, provide the proper therapy to both treat the problem and maintain optimal health. Physiotherapists concentrate on the function of multiple body systems, improving functional independence and physical performance, preventing and managing physical impairments, disabilities and handicaps while promoting health and fitness. In addition, Physiotherapists are educated in the correct usage of electrical modalities, which includes ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation and cold wave laser therapy. This in addition to manual therapy and an exercise rehabilitation program.

Physiotherapists undergo similar training as athletic therapists, but their instruction is more comprehensive in the understanding and treatment of all anatomical injuries. For instance, a Physiotherapist is trained to assess and treat burn patients, people recovering from strokes, traumatic and congenital neurology as well as the elderly. Some will also treat sports injuries as well. The education of the Athletic Therapist is focused on the area of assessment and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries. The Physiotherapist also has a broader scope of practice in their formal education. They possess an undergraduate or master's degree in physiotherapy. Frequently, a physiotherapist will  choose to further their education and take advanced courses in such subjects as cardio-respiratory, pediatrics, orthopedics, neuroscience, rheumatology and sports physiotherapy. Before a physiotherapist can begin his or her practice, they must first register with the College of Physiotherapy in the province/territory they wish to practice in. A registered physiotherapist is eligible to use the term physical therapist or PT. To become a sports physiotherapist they must take additional classes in emergency procedures and register with Sport Physiotherapy Canada.

Physiotherapists analyze the impact of injury, disease or disorder on movement and function during activities of daily living. They promote, restore and prolong physical independence and encourage clients to assume responsibility for their health. They concentrate on the function of multiple body systems and incorporate a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids. Patients vary from young children to the elderly, and involve a variety of conditions. 

Academy Massage does not currently have a Physiotherapist on staff, but employs certified Athletic Therapists who specialize in treating acute and chronic injuries to muscles, bones and joints, providing care and management of sports and orthopedic trauma: Those that may result from home, workplace or auto accidents, or chronic and recurring conditions. To assist our clients we bill directly to Autopac and Workers Compensation.

Concern for our clients is always a priority at Academy Massage.

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