What is it and How Does it work?


Physiotherapy will assist you to restore, maintain and maximize their strength, function, movement, and overall well-being. The terms "physiotherapy" and "physical therapy" mean the same thing and are used interchangeably, as are the terms “physiotherapist” and “physical therapist”.  

Physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of how the body works and specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury and disability. Physiotherapy includes rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness. Physiotherapists often work in teams with other health professionals to help meet an individual's health care needs.

How we integrate physiotherapy in your care at reactivate muskoka

It is not uncommon for a client to go to a physiotherapy clinic and get treated with ultrasound, laser, TENS, and other passive modalities.  Passive modalities mean that a treatment is applied to a client, without much, if any, effort or engagement on the clients part.  Although these treatments have a role at certain points in the rehabilitative process, using them for prolonged periods of time during the process does not accomplish the desired outcome of being injury and pain free, and returning to the activities that a client desires.  

Active treatment modalities is when a client is engaged in their rehabilitation through the process of rehabilitation through exercise, functional movement patterns, and other movement based therapies designed at engaging the neurologic, muscular, and skeletal systems so that they can respond appropriately.  This response will result in more stable movement patterns, and often as a result less pain and improved function.

The active treatment modalities take time however, with results being seen as early as 2-3 weeks after initiating treatment protocols, and noticeable differences seen at 6-12 weeks.  However, each patient is different and results may vary with respect to degree of recovery during that time period.

Results are dependent on the proper application of treatment modalities to the condition that exists.  So, identifying what the underlying problem is, what the dysfunctional movement pattern is, and what systems are involved.  The area that hurts is not always the issue that is causing symptoms.  This is where a Physiotherapist, and a Sports Medicine Physician, can help clients identify what is going on. 

So that clients can get moving again. 

So that clients can become reactivated.