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What is physiotherapy?

The Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia defines physiotherapy as a health care profession that is dedicated to help improve their clients’ quality of life by:

  • Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity, and overall health and wellness
  • Preventing disease, injury and disability
  • Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions
  • Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance
  • Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions
  • Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury and functional decline

What is the role of a physiotherapist and how can they help me?

Physiotherapists are trained in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. Physiotherapists who practice in British Columbia must be registered with the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) to ensure that they have agreed to abide by the College Rules and Regulations regarding treatment. Registered physiotherapists must complete an annual examination and pursue ongoing education to maintain clinical practice standards. They have completed both practical and written examinations to ensure clinical competency.

For more information on physiotherapy, please visit the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia at http://www.bcphysio.org/ or the Canadian Physiotherapy Association website at http://www.physiotherapy.ca.

What is acupuncture and how can it help me?

The Chinese philosophy behind acupuncture is that the body’s energy (also known as “Chi”), blood, and bodily fluids flows in 12 main pathways or Meridians in the body that run primarily from the tips of the toes to the tips of the fingers, and in the torso, these pathways interrelate with all the organs in the body. In a healthy individual, the “Chi”, blood and bodily fluids are flowing through all the pathways and the entire body is receiving well-oxygenated, nourished blood. If there is disease or dysfunction, they believe there is a ‘blockage’ in the system and that parts of the body are not receiving well-oxygenated, nourished blood.

By inserting a fine gauge, sterile, disposable needle into an acupuncture point along the Meridian that is ‘blocked’, the Chinese believe the body can restore this flow of “Chi”, blood and bodily fluids to promote health and homeostasis.

Western research has proven that the insertion of the acupuncture needles into acupuncture points causes the body to release endorphins, which are our natural painkillers.

Thus, acupuncture is effective for decreasing pain and inflammation.

How do I know if Physiotherapy or Acupuncture treatments are right for me?

If you are unsure whether our treatments would be suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to call us and one of our physiotherapists would be happy to have a short call with you to answer any questions you have before booking an appointment.