The medical community will put you back together, your physiotherapist will get you working again to be as independent as you can be. They play a vary vital role. I have been fortunate to have some excellent physiotherapists during my journey. Catherine at Trillium, Trish and Suzi at Lyndhurst and Andrew at Aim2Walk. All have been extremely dedicated to my health and getting me more independent.
I have found that weight training is very important as your shoulders and arms are now your motors. Learning the right techniques (still learning) to perform different tasks makes it easier. Strength enables you to perform transfers, shift in your chair and turn at night. Boxing and playing catch with weighted balls work on your balance and posture.
How physiotherapists assess
A physiotherapist will assess you using detailed history-taking as well as specific physical tests and measures, such as flexibility or range of motion. He or she will then analyze the assessment findings and use clinical reasoning to establish a diagnosis. Together, you will explore your current abilities and functional needs so the physiotherapist can plan treatments that are consistent with your goals and general health status, and which incorporate approaches and techniques supported by the best evidence available.
How physiotherapists treat
Physiotherapy treatments can include the following:
- Personalized exercise programs designed to improve your strength, range of motion, and function
- Joint mobilization and manipulation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Hot and cold packs and modalities to relieve pain, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process, improve movement and function
- Airway clearance methods to assist people with breathing difficulties
- Skin and wound care
- Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education
- Functional activity and tolerance testing and training
- Work and occupational re-training and return to work planning
- Prescription, fabrication and application of assistive, adaptive, supportive and protective devices and equipment
- Environmental change, focusing on removing barriers to function
Below you will find several videos that includes physiotherapy exercises as well as independent workouts.
To the right you will see a couple videos of myself doing Physio at Aim 2 Walk in Toronto. I am still building shoulder strength and good right hook. Will hopefully be adding the various pushups I do.