What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to:

  • Improving and maintaining functional independence and physical performance,¬†
  • Preventing and managing pain, physical impairments, disabilities and limits to participation;¬†
  • Promoting fitness, health and wellness.

What do Physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists provide assessment, treatment and education for a wide range of health problems to ensure you make the most of your lifestyle. Physiotherapists can recommend the best way to treat problems with your muscles, bones and joints, circulatory, respiratory or nervous systems. Physiotherapists can also advise you on ways to prevent potential health problems from occurring before they arise.

Every year physiotherapists assist thousands of Canadians of all ages in preventing and managing the effects of congenital diseases, illness, chronic diseases, neurological conditions, post-surgical conditions, accidents and injuries, and the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Physiotherapists are university educated, regulated health professionals that play an important role within your health care team. To ensure Physiotherapists across the country apply to consistently high standards, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and the Physiotherapy Colleges of each province regulate the practice of Physiotherapists in the public interest.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapists view the human being as a combination of physical, psychological, social, and cultural variables within an environment.

Occupations are referred to as groups of activities and tasks that make up everyday life including looking after oneself (self-care), contributing to the social and economic aspects of the community (productivity), and enjoying life (leisure).

People seek Occupational Therapy intervention typically because they are unable to carry out tasks and activities that are important to them in their day to day lives.

What do Occupational Therapists do?

Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages to prevent disability and to promote, restore or maintain occupational health and wellbeing. Their broad vision is: "To enable people who face emotional, physical or social barriers to develop healthy patterns of occupation and to choose meaningful occupations which develop their personal and social resources for health"

Occupational Therapists are university educated, regulated health professionals that play an important role within the health care team. To ensure Occupational Therapists across the country apply consistently high standards, the Canadian Occupational Therapists Association, the Alliance of Occupational Therapy Regulators and the Occupational Therapy Colleges of each province regulate the practice of Occupational Therapists in the public interest.

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