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Animal Rehabilitation

Physiotherapists practicing animal rehabilitation are trained at evaluating your animal's, bones, joints, muscles and nervous system.  They have undergone additional training to learn about animal movement, pathology and anatomy. Their goal is to identify the nature or cause of an injury and provide solutions to relieve pain and restore movement & function.

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Cardiorespiratory

Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy is the practice of physiotherapy to improve cardiovascular and pulmonary function.  It is commonly practiced in hospital settings to treat a variety of conditions that limit oxygen delivery to the blood stream.  In acute scenarios, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy can be life saving.  The physiological principles of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy are far reaching and can be used to help many different patient populations, from patients with acute and chronic diseases to top-level athletes.

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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is complex and this short description will not suffice as an explanation.  An excellent resource for anyone interested in pain is the book "Explain Pain" by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley.  To learn a little bit more about chronic pain, follow the link below.

Physiotherapy forms an integral part of a multi-disciplinary treatment for chronic pain.  Most physiotherapists treat chronic pain of various forms on a daily basis.  Some therapists choose to take additional education in pain sciences to help them distinguish between variations of chronic pain and to expand their treatment options.  Pain sciences is a rapidly growing field and our knowledge of chronic pain has expanded greatly in recent times.

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Oncology

Patients recovering from cancer are faced with a number of secondary complications from cancer and side-effects from cancer treatment.  Physiotherapists are in a an excellent position to help patients reduce cancer related fatigue, deconditioning, nerve damage, lymphedema, incontinence and much more.

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Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics is the most common area of practice for physiotherapists.  Physiotherapists practicing primarily in orthopaedics are known for using a combination of hands-on skills (manual therapy), treatment modalities (ex. IMS) and exercise to help restore movement, eliminate pain and return their patients to full function.  Therapists must have knowledge of orthopaedics in nearly all areas of practice.  To understand human movement, having a good foundation in orthopaedics is necessary.

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Paediatrics

Neonates, infants, children and adolescents can all benefit from physiotherapy.   Physiotherapists play a role in the early detection and treatment of health problems including developmental delays as a result of various diseases and disorders.  Paediatric physiotherapists work with children and families to maximize participation at school, home and recreational activities. 

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Seniors' Health

In the view of Physio Roots, a check-up / screening from a physiotherapist should be as important as a check-up with your doctor, especially for Seniors. Physiotherapy can help patients maintain optimal health & independence and maximize quality of life throughout the aging process.  Therapists use valid and reliable tests and measurements which help them to create individualized exercise programs.  With proper guidance and some dedication, physiotherapy can help you build and maintain physical resiliency. 

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Women's Health

Physiotherapists practicing in the area of Women's Health have focused their practice on health issues relevant to women. Pelvic health physiotherapy is a component of Women's Health.  Therapists focusing on women's health may or may not provide pelvic health physiotherapy services.  For more information, check out the Women's Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

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Last updated Sep 12, 2019