When most people think of physiotherapy, they think of rehabilitation for acute and chronic injuries. But there is much more to the practice—as our physiotherapist Jonathan D’Sylva explains, “There are a lot of different things physio can help with. Physio can help with balance, breathing issues, and even boring stuff like improving your gait pattern.”

Here are six things you may not have known #PhysioCanHelp with:

Whiplash and Concussions
One of the most common causes of whiplash are car accidents and the symptoms are easily confused with those of a concussion. Patients tend to experience headaches, dizziness, and pain the shoulders, arms, and back.

With manual therapy, home exercise routines, and modalities that treat pain and inflammation, a physiotherapist can encourage a faster and sustained recovery. They can also give advice for adjusting your headrest in the car to help reduce the severity of whiplash in the future.

Arthritis
Arthritis is a chronic disease but there are several ways to help improve function and slow its progression.

“If we have a patient with arthritis, we can do some soft tissue work where the muscles are in a guarded position,” explains Jonathan. “I tend to use laser therapy and teach joint protection strategies to help patients with arthritis.”

Lung Disease
The lungs are muscles too, and physiotherapists can teach you how to breathe more efficiently and manage the symptoms of lung diseases like asthma and COPD. Exercise is also important to increase lung capacity and function; physiotherapists can help you safely increase your physical activity to improve your symptoms and overall health.

Alzheimer’s Disease
With approximately 15% of Canadians over the age of 65 living with some form of dementia, the loss of physical functions and independence can take its toll. Regular exercise helps improve motor skills and slow mental decline.

“Physio can help with day-to-day activities like the ability to get up and down from a chair, into a bed, or up and down stairs – anything that will help a person be more independent in their daily life,” says Jonathan.

Sleep
Sleeping is such a primal act that people don’t often put much thought into it—at least until they start noticing problems. If your sleep isn’t restful or you find you’re waking up feeling achy, it might be time to see a physiotherapist.

A PT can help you find optimal sleeping positions, the best type of bed for your posture, and provide tips for optimal sleep hygiene.

Physiotherapy can do more than rehabilitate injuries—it can help make you a stronger version of yourself and restore healthy movement patterns.

Take charge of your health and book your next physio appointment online today.

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