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Our Victoria Registered Physiotherapists Nina Bai and Kim Lobb practice at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre Clinic and can guide you to recovery.

Who are Physiotherapists?

Physiotherapists are highly qualified health professionals who work in partnership with their patients to help people get better and stay well. Physiotherapists also work closely with General Medical Practitioners and other Health Clinicians/Specialists to plan and manage treatment. GPs refer more patients to Physiotherapists than any other healthcare profession. Using advanced techniques and evidence-based care, Physiotherapists assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life. Physiotherapy extends from health promotion to injury prevention, acute care, rehabilitation, maintenance of functional mobility, chronic disease management, patient and carer education and occupational health.

Physiotherapists (or physical therapists) use professional judgement and techniques based on advanced education, science and research to work with patients to accomplish such goals as being able to walk and move freely after injury, recover mobility after illness or surgery, manage chronic conditions like osteoarthritis, scoliosis, diabetes, and much more. Your Physiotherapist will work with you to put together a treatment plan for your condition or injury, so that you can get back to doing the activities you love and living the life you’ve grow accustomed to. Physiotherapists work with clients of all ages and with a wide range of health conditions. Whether it’s just a matter of helping with pain management and rehabilitation, an acute injury like a sprained ankle, or management of chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, a physiotherapist can help. Also, keep in mind physiotherapy is not limited to rehabilitation of injury and the effects of disease or disability. A Physiotherapist also provides education and advice for health promotion, disease and injury prevention that will help you maintain your standard of living and mobility after treatment is completed. Physiotherapists keep you moving for life.

Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability. All physiotherapists registered to practise in Canada are qualified to provide safe and effective physiotherapy. They have met national entry-level education and practice standards, and have successfully passed a standardized physiotherapy competence examination prior to being registered with the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia.

What is Physiotherapy?

According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, “Physiotherapy is the primary health care profession that promotes wellness, mobility, and independent function. Physiotherapists have advanced understanding of how the body moves, what keeps it from moving well, and how to restore mobility.” Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore the function of multiple body systems. A Physiotherapist is committed to health, lifestyle and improving the quality of life of their patients. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.

Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand what’s wrong. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities and general health.

The following are common treatment methods use by Physiotherapists:

  • exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
  • joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
  • muscle re-education to improve control
  • soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
  • acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and dry needling
  • hydrotherapy
  • assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs to help you move around.

Shelbourne Physiotherapy-Gordon Head Recreation Centre Clinic
4100 Lambrick Way, Saanich, B.C., V8N 5R3, CA
Phone: 250-595-5858
Website: http://www.gordonheadrehab.ca

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