What is a physiotherapist? And what do they do?How hard is it to be a physiotherapist?
A Physiotherapist is a university educated health professional and is recognized as a first line care giver through the Ontario Ministry of health. A physiotherapist has an advanced understanding and comprehension of how the human body moves and what is keeping it from moving freely and also how to restore mobility when it is limited.
Physiotherapists are skilled in the assessment and management of an extensive range of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal, circulatory, and respiratory and nervous systems. When you see a physiotherapist, he or she will complete an extensive functional/work assessment that may include your health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes and sensation.
Based on this assessment the physiotherapist creates a diagnosis and works in partnership with you to develop your individual goals and a treatment plan.
Brian Empey, BPE, DipSIM, CAT(C), BHScPT, RCAMT, is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Registered Physiotherapist at Be In Motion Physical Therapy in Oakville, ON. Brian is a graduate of Sheridan College's Sports Injury Management Program in 1996 and McMaster University's Physiotherapy Program in 2000.
He has worked in professional sports with the Hamilton Tiger Cats and New York Islanders. Learn more at www.beinmotion.ca.