Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals, meaning that they can assess and treat independent of physician oversight or supervision. Practically though, we value the clinical observations and opinions of physicians, and prefer to include them as an important part of your health care team. Also, some extended benefit insurances require a physician prescription to extend benefits.
Physiotherapy combines a knowledge of how the body works with specialized knowledge of muscles and joints and the neurology that supports movement. Many fitness specialists have knowledge of normal movement, but a physiotherapist is trained to apply movement and fitness principles when your body is compromised by pain, associated injury, disability and poor posture.
Physiotherapy education and training provides the hands-on skills to assess, diagnose and treat illness, injury or disability, relating especially to the muscle and skeletal systems. A common physiotherapy goal for each individual is to provide pain relief; restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being, with respect to your wishes and personal goals.
What to Expect
At Avalon Laser Therapy, your first physiotherapy session is an assessment that will consider your health history, previous therapy and a clinical assessment of your injury. The assessment will take 40 to 60 minutes, and is private – just you and your physiotherapist. Following the assessment, a treatment plan will be made, which will take into account your personal goals and any challenges you have with access to treatment.
Treatment sessions with your physiotherapist are always private. You are billed for the time spent with your physiotherapist; 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes; but most are 30 minute sessions. If you’ve chosen to receive Bioflex laser therapy as well, those treatments are conducted in a semi-private room. These treatments vary in length, depending upon area(s) of treatment; generally 30 to 60 minutes.
At Avalon Laser Health, our physiotherapists offer the advantage of low intensity laser therapy in addition to your care. This is both a unique and wonderful adjunct to your care when you work with the team at our clinic! (Learn more about our lasers.)
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