Your First Visit
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a regulated
health profession dedicated to improving the quality of its
clients' health with conservative physical treatment methods.
Physiotherapy is a science based profession. Your
Physiotherapist has specific training and education which
provides him/her with the skills to evaluate your condition and
then design and implement physical treatments with the goal of
improving your condition.
Physiotherapy treatment can
be broken down into three different categories and your
treatments will likely have components from any or all of the
categories of care:
Passive Treatments: these
are treatments which are applied to you to effect a physical
change. Treatments can include modalities (laser,
ultrasound, electromagnetic current, heat, ice etc.) and/or
manual techniques (joint mobilization/manipulation, soft
tissue mobilization, muscle stretching/strengthening etc.).
Active treatments: these
are treatments which require the patient's participation.
They are specifically designed exercises targeted at
effecting a change within the musculoskeletal, neurological
and/or cardiorespiratory systems as they relate to your
Home Program: You can
expect to have some work to do between visits which will
help progress your care. Your physiotherapist at Hespeler
Community Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre will teach
you everything you need to know as well as demonstrate
proper form and technique.
Modalities that we use at
Hespeler Community Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre are:
We also have mechanical
Release Techniques (ART)
ART is a hands on soft
tissue (muscle, tendon, nerves, fascia) assessment and treatment
Increased movement within the soft tissues is achieved allowing
normal soft tissue processes to occur. The result is to
hopefully relieve the symptoms felt causing the person to seek
In most cases the soft tissue is placed in a shortened position,
hands or tension is applied to the tissue and then it is taken
into a full, lengthened position with the tension monitored.