Physiotherapy is a professional health care discipline directed primarily towards the prevention or alleviation of movement dysfunction. Physiotherapists are skilled in the assessment and management of a broad range of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems.
A physiotherapist is a university graduate of an accredited physiotherapy program, who is qualified to:
- establish a physical diagnosis and determine a client’s movement potential;
- plan and implement physiotherapy treatment programs, using specialized knowledge and skills in exercise prescription and hands-on techniques for the prevention and treatment of movement dysfunction; and
- undertake related professional activities such as research, teaching, administration and consultation.
Movement dysfunction is any alteration in normal body kinetics that limits effective or efficient body performance. Movement dysfunction may be due to pain, congenital anomalies, disease processes, accident or injury, enforced inactivity, problems secondary to aging, or psychological or social stress. The dysfunction may be manifested in actual or potential impairment related to neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, respiratory or cardiovascular systems.
Taken From: The Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association Website: http://www.physiotherapyns.ca/index.php/site/about_physio/
The McKenzie Method
Mike Munro PT is Certified in MDT, also known as The McKenzie method. Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy(MDT) is a comprehensive method of care primarily used in Physiotherapy. If you would like to read more on this please see the MDT website. You can take an online quiz to see if this method is appropriate for you.
Your First Appointment
During your first appointment you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and your current problems. The therapist will ask standard intake questions and also try to understand your unique situation. This is followed by appropriate movement tests based on a standardized assessment, aimed at arriving at a physiotherapy diagnosis. Treatment will be discussed after the assessment has been performed. With your consent, treatment usually consists of therapeutic exercise, positioning changes and lifestyle considerations. In some situations the therapist will employ hands on mobilizations of the body tissue.
Please bring some loose fitting comfortable clothing that you can easily exercise in, depending on the body area affected.
You can also fill out this Intake Form before coming to your first appointment to save time.