Summit is your St. Albert physiotherapy clinic. You shouldn’t have to live with pain, our physiotherapists are committed to helping you feel better — fast! If you’re dealing with any sort of pain, we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy, sometimes also referred to as physical therapy, is a treatment that helps improve and restore a person’s mobility, strength, and the overall function of their body. Consider your physiotherapist a partner in promoting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle. In addition to your family physician, dentist, and other medical care providers, a physiotherapist can effectively treat painful conditions and work to get your body to be stronger and more resilient to injury.
What do our physiotherapists treat?
Using in-depth knowledge of the body and hands-on clinical skills, our physiotherapists are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of physical problems:
- Injuries: Whether you sustained a sprain at last night’s soccer game or suffer lingering pain from a car accident 10 years ago, physiotherapy can help with both pain management and mobility. Other injuries include herniated discs, pinched nerves, rotator cuff injuries, concussions, and more.
- Arthritis: Physiotherapists help people with this chronic condition manage their symptoms with exercise, improved body mechanics, and other strategies.
- TMJ Disorders: Those with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can benefit from exercises to strengthen the jaw muscles and improve range of motion, mobilization techniques to stretch the joints, and to loosen the tight tissues affecting the joint, and training in correct jaw alignment.
- Neurological disorders: Physiotherapy can improve the communication pathways in the brain and spinal cord that have been damaged by stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis, vertigo, and other neurological conditions through strengthening and balance exercises.
- Pelvic floor dysfunction: Injuries sustained as a result of pregnancy or childbirth can benefit from physiotherapy.
- Headaches and migraines: Physiotherapists help patients improve their posture and reduce muscle tension in order to avoid headaches and migraines.
What else can physiotherapy do for you?
There are so many different use cases for physiotherapy including:
Physiotherapy for rehabilitation
Working with doctors, nurses, and other health-care professionals, physiotherapists can help you recover from surgery, illness and chronic disease, childbirth, and injury. A wide range of treatment modalities help patients regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion, as well as physical coordination.
If you’re looking for a physiotherapist to help you on your rehabilitation journey, get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.
Drug-free pain management
Whether you’re suffering from aches and pains related to inactivity or a chronic disease like arthritis, physiotherapy offers a drug-free strategy for pain management. While pain medications can offer the short-term relief, they don’t address the underlying causes of pain and can come with health risks. Let our physiotherapist get to the root of your pain or injury to provide you with ongoing relief.
To improve sports performance
Physiotherapy treatments can loosen tight ligaments and muscles, and build strength in weak areas. In addition to boosting athletic performance, sports physiotherapy can help athletes recover after sustaining an injury during training or competition.
Maintaining functional fitness
As we age, we are prone to losing muscle mass and strength during periods of illness or injury. Physiotherapists help seniors stay active after suffering a health issue, allowing them to maintain their physical ability and quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do healthy people need physiotherapists?
Yes! Many people only think to visit a physiotherapist after they have been injured and need to seek rehabilitative treatments. However, a physiotherapist is a great addition to the life of a healthy, non-injured person as well. In fact — preventative care can substantially reduce the risk of injury!
What happens during my first physiotherapy appointment?
Our team’s goal is to keep you healthy by developing an exercise and stretching plan that is tailored specifically to your fitness needs. At your first appointment we’ll discuss your goals and then create an at-home program that will keep you healthy, strong, and flexible. Or, if being in the gym is more your style, we can give you guidance on formatting the perfect workout or choosing group classes to suit your needs. Regular, ongoing appointments are then scheduled based on your unique goals and needs.
Are you ready to give physiotherapy a try?
To learn more about what physiotherapy can do for you or to book an appointment, get in touch with us today! New clients are always welcome and a doctor’s referral isn’t needed.