Physiotherapy treatments typically include a variety of hands-on techniques and modalities and education to treat pain and address promote tissue healing. Therapeutic exercises are one of the most effective components of physiotherapy and rehabilitation program. Depending on the goals of treatment and the level of functional abilities, a physiotherapist prescribes targeted exercises to patients. These exercises are meant to be performed in the clinic and as part of a home exercise program. The exercises are to stretch short muscles, strengthen weak muscles and assist muscles to work together in a coordinated fashion to improve performance and function.
Your physiotherapist is an expert in exercise prescription and works closely with Kinesiologists or exercise trainer as part of a team to assist you to get back to your normal life as soon as possible. After a course of education and ensuring that the exercises are performed correctly, your physiotherapist will attempt to gradually discharge you with an exercise program that can be performed independently at home or in an exercise facility. Functional independence is the ultimate goal in many rehabilitation protocols.