Physiotherapy and rehabilitation are related but different healthcare fields. Physiotherapy is a specific aspect of rehabilitation focused on diagnosing, managing, and preventing physical impairments, disabilities, and pain through exercise, manual therapy, and modalities. Rehabilitation, on the other hand, is a broader term that encompasses restoring function and independence to a person affected by injury, illness, or disability and may involve multiple healthcare professionals.
No, there is no specific exercise that can increase your height once your growth plates have closed. Height is primarily determined by genetics and growth factors during childhood and adolescence. While certain exercises, such as those focused on improving posture and core strength, can help optimize your height potential by maximizing your posture and spinal alignment, they will not actually make you physically taller.
This all depends on the severity of the injury, but most sprains require 2-6 weeks to heal. Our goals are to control inflammation, regain strength and range of motion, and restore muscle control and endurance levels before returning to sports or everyday life.
Physiotherapists and chiropractors both work in the field of physical healthcare, but their approaches and areas of focus differ. Physiotherapists, or physical therapists, are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, using techniques such as exercises, stretches, and various physical therapies to improve mobility, reduce pain, and prevent or recover from injuries, surgeries, or chronic conditions. On the other hand, chiropractors primarily focus on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the spine and the nervous system, often employing spinal manipulations or adjustments to relieve pain and improve function. Chiropractic care tends to focus more on structural alignment, while physiotherapy often encompasses a broader range of treatment methods aimed at rehabilitating and improving physical function.
Physiotherapy can help reduce stress and anxiety through exercise, addressing physical conditions, and relaxation techniques. It is a complementary treatment to mental health care, but not a substitute. Consult with a mental health professional if experiencing symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Pelvic floor dysfunction in males is a condition in which the pelvic floor muscles are too weak or too strong and do not function properly. This can lead to pelvic floor prolapse, urinary incontinence, and other pelvic floor disorders. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is often recommended for men with pelvic floor dysfunction to help strengthen or relax pelvic floor muscles and improve pelvic health.
With consent, the best way to check the pelvic floor is through an internal examination. There are some situations where we can’t do an internal exam, for example, new mothers 6 weeks postpartum or post-op recovery.
Pelvic floor therapy can help with various conditions related to the pelvic floor, including urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, dyspareunia (painful intercourse), postpartum recovery, pre-and post-surgical pelvic conditions, and musculoskeletal issues in the pelvic region.
Kegels and pelvic physiotherapy are related but they are not the same. Kegels are specific exercises that target the pelvic floor muscles and can be performed independently. Pelvic physiotherapy, on the other hand, is a comprehensive approach provided by a pelvic physiotherapist, involving assessment, treatment, and management of pelvic conditions, which may include Kegel exercises as part of the overall treatment plan. While Kegels focus on exercising the pelvic floor muscles, pelvic physiotherapy encompasses a broader range of techniques and therapies tailored to individual needs.
There are three grades of ankle sprains. Grade 1 ankle sprains are light injuries that usually allow the return to sport in 2-3 weeks. Grade 2 sprains involve greater injury to the ligament and can take up to 4-6 weeks to allow a full return to sport. Grade 3 sprains are more severe and often involve full tearing of the ligament and possible bone fracture.