Physiotherapy is a manual therapy, based on Swedish massage, which combines massage and movement to realign the body. To regain normal joint mobility, or to relieve a function that was impaired, the therapist uses a combination of techniques: passive motion (or stretching movements made by the therapist), massage therapy, learning, and physical exercise (that the patient does himself). He even uses physical means, such as applying heat or cold.
By making the body mobile in harmony, physiotherapy rebalances energy. In addition, because we know our postural muscles poorly, we suffer from various respiratory and muscular problems. They drain our energy and vitality, and often disrupt sleep. So by correcting posture problems, it is possible to observe a better distribution of energy, renewed vitality of the immune system, and amplitude of respiratory strength.
Physiotherapy is a tool that teaches the body how to find, by itself, a condition that will promote its own healing. Also, when a muscle or a function returns to its autonomy, it is not that part of the body that enjoys health, but the whole organism in total. So the primary goal of physiotherapy is a return to free movement, naturally, and most importantly, without pain.
What Does Physiotherapy Treat?
- Treatment of localized pain (tendonitis, bursitis, spasm, sprain, sciatica, etc.)
- A fixed disorder of posture
- Rehabilitation after an accident or trauma
- Relief of tension or stiffness
What Can Your Kinesiologist Do for You?
- Evaluation of physical fitness and lifestyle. Postural assessment.
- Design, control and monitoring of physical activity programs.
- Provision of advice on physical activity and health. Establishing a helping relationship with the participant. Gathering information relevant to the needs and interests in physical activity.
- Prescription of physical exercise.
- Promotion of safe and regular physical activity.
- Physical rehabilitation of clients with symptoms.
- Assessment of biomechanical and ergonomic workstations and recommendations.
- Annual planning of sports training and personalized follow-ups.
- Supervision, motivation and monitoring of client progress.
- Sports Training: planning and implementation of training and follow up with athletes and sports teams.
Kinesiologists work in various public and private institutions, such as sports centers and fitness training centers, consulting firms in physical and sports activities and sports coaching, universities and colleges, nursing homes for elderly, and municipal recreation departments.
What is Physical Therapy Like?
Sessions usually last about an hour. The duration of treatment varies. A questionnaire for health assessment, a needs assessment, posture and mobility, and muscle balance are done with the therapist during the first session. This ensures that the intervention will be personalized, responsive and safe for the customer.
During the sessions, the therapist will begin with a massage that prepares the body to receive mobilization and manual labor afterwards. Usually, after six sessions (once a week), improvements are noticed.
- Muscle relaxation
- Relief of tension and soreness
- Stimulation of circulation, and thus the acceleration of elimination of waste and toxic products (lymphatic drainage)
- Strengthening our immune system
- Greater emotional and nervous relaxation
- Increase of resistance to stress
- Better joint mobility and overall posture
- Greater range of motion
- Vitality and dynamism to the body
- Better flow of energy
- Contribution to good sleep
- Autonomy found in the acts of daily life
Before starting a physical therapy treatment, you need to question the therapist about his education and his working method, to be sure of being at ease with his practice.
This was a system put forward by an American chiropractor, Dr. George Goodheart, in the early sixties. This set up involves a muscle test of accuracy that allows an accurate reading of the burden of stress experienced by the patient. These are the three disciplines that result from the discoveries and form of applied kinesiology:
“Health through touch”
Inspired by the traditions of Chinese medicine, this discipline can examine and correct the energy system, organs and acupuncture meridians, through the muscular system.
Educational Kinesiology and Brain Gym
This is a program of educational therapy that uses simple movements to enhance learning skills among children and adults. It focuses on the integration of brain and body for maximum utilization. This program was developed by Paul Dennison, Ph.D., a specialist motor development of children.
“One Brain” or “Integrated Brain”
These techniques use muscle testing as a method of precision biofeedback. The basic principle is to promote a new integration of the three fundamental aspects of the self (body, mind, spirit).