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What is a physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist is someone who holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy . It is a 3-4 year university course to study the human body, particularly the muscle and joint system. It involves studying anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology, medical conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, exercise prescription and electrotherapy. Many therapists pursue post-graduate courses on a yearly basis to keep up with the newest development research, evaluation and treatment techniques around the world (Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia). Different specialty certifications exist in Canada. There are over 20 different treatment approaches that exist in the realm of physiotherapy treatment. The better recognized and scientifically researched methods are:

Manual therapy approach – mostly for orthopedic cases (neck, back, bursitis, tendonitis)
NDT Bobath approach - mostly for neurology cases (stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury)
McKenzie approach – mostly for orthopedic cases
McConnell approach – mostly for orthopedic cases
Sarhrman approach – mostly for orthopedic cases

In essence your physiotherapist a mechanic for the human body, with the knowledge and the skills to help restore your aching, stiff and dysfunctional muscles and joints back to health.