Mississauga Physiotherapy is available at The Health First Group, focusing on helping individuals suffering with musculoskeletal problems. Physiotherapy has been proven to help those who have an injury, pain, or stiffness in their muscle or joints. The Health First Group is very centrally located and has 4 locations to better serve you. We have two locations in Mississauga, one in Milton, and another in Etobicoke. Most Physiotherapy sessions are covered by your insurance provider if you carry a benefit plan. At The Health First Group we offer direct billing to ease your stress.
Release Pain: If you suffer with chronic pain throughout your body, physiotherapy can help you manage and reduce pain. Some causes of your pain may include Arthritis, Fibromyalgia or even be due to a previous injury. Physiotherapy can help alleviate some pain by stimulating specific pressure points by activating the nerve endings. This can help you manage severe chronic pains or even a minor pain such as a dull headache.
Injury Prevention: If you are spending long hours on your feet or are an athlete, you may be at risk of getting an injury. Physiotherapy ensures that your muscles and joints are in-tune. This will also improve your movement pattern and increase balance. Injury prevention is highly important for high-impact athletes as they are at an increased risk of suffering injury. If you or someone you know is prone to injury, it is important that you are visiting your local physiotherapist.
Improved Posture: It is important that your spine is well taken care of, as it is the support system for your entire body. If you are in the office for long hours, improper ergonomics can impact your overall posture. Poor posture can cause you to become prone to injury and can often be painful in your back, shoulders or even hips. Physiotherapy helps align your spine and improve your posture.
Added Flexibility: When the muscles in your body become tightened due to inactivity, it can reduce your flexibility. A physiotherapist can help alleviate the stiffness in your muscles, thus improving your overall flexibility. Your local physiotherapist can provide you with a detailed stretching and mobility routine. Doing these exercises consistently will help you improve your flexibility.
Minimize Recovery Time: If you have previously suffered from injury or a surgical procedure, physiotherapy will help you recover quicker. Often, after an injury or surgery, your muscles remain inactive for long periods of time. Your physiotherapist will ensure that you are correctly able to recover your muscle strength and activity. This is important to be done properly as your body is sensitive after a painful injury or surgery and cannot endure added pressure.
Some of the Physiotherapy Treatments Offered at The Health First Group:
Range of Motion (ROM) Exercises: ROM exercises enable circulation through the encouragement of movement and joint mobility. This helps promote independence in the patient and improve their flexibility. Movement of joints allows the prevention of muscle atrophy. Through improving how far you can move your joints in different directions, it allows you to move each joint to its full range of motion. Thus, reducing pain while improving your balance, flexibility, and strength.
Soft Tissue Mobilization / Therapeutic Therapy: This is one of the common treatments offered to those with sports injuries as it allows for the reduction of swelling and helps relax the muscles. Soft tissue mobilization is more of a hands-on approach used to optimize your muscle function. It can be used to help with tennis elbow, golf elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis of your biceps or rotator cuff, and contractures. In one study where 198 individuals diagnosed with tennis elbow for 6 weeks were treated, those that received mobilization therapy saw the most improvement.
Electrotherapy: As the name suggests, it is an energy-based physiotherapy approach through electrical stimulation, preventing muscle atrophy. Electrotherapy also helps to relax muscle spasms, increase your blood circulation, increase your range of motion, repair tissues, strengthen muscles, and promote bone growth. All of which allow for an increase in your physical functioning.
Cryotherapy and Heat Therapy: You may have been told by your family doctor to heat or ice a part of your body if you have been feeling pain. This pain could be caused by stiffness in muscles or joints which is a common complaint of athletes and those who work desk jobs. Heat therapy can be done a few days such as hot water bottle, ultrasound, heat pad, whirlpool baths, heat therapy wraps, hot cloths, or even hydrocollator packs. On the other hand, cryotherapy lowers your tissue temperature and slows down the blood which may be collecting in the tissues. This is done by icing an area, cold water immersion, ice baths, and so forth.
Kinesio Taping: Kinesio taping allows for the alleviation of pain and healing in soft tissues through its application on manually stretched skin above the injury area.
Therapeutic Ultrasound: This method is basically an ultrasound which is used for therapeutic purposes to heal tissues. Ultrasounds are usually used to help speed the healing and further the quality of repair.
Our Registered Physiotherapists in Mississauga, Milton, and Etobicoke:
Physiotherapists study the science of movement. Through these studies they can determine the root of an injury’s cause.
What Problems do Physiotherapists Treat?
Physiotherapists are there to treat issues which may have been caused by an injury, disability, or disease. Our registered physiotherapists focus on the prevention and rehabilitation of your injury. They can treat things like:
Neck and back pain
Asthma and related lung problems
Disabilities caused by heart problems
Pain and injury in one’s joints, muscles, bones, ligaments, and so forth
Fatigue, swelling, stiffness, and pain (these may happen because of cancer treatment, palliative care, and so forth)
Loss of mobility (these may be because of brain or spine trauma, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and so forth)
Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA)
Foot related problems
Repetitive strain injuries
Pelvic floor dysfunction
What Can I Expect at Physiotherapy?
At The Health First Group we ensure every patient is treated with the utmost care. Every appointment is about you and your needs, so it is uniquely catered for you. Here are some general pointers:
Our registered physiotherapist learns about your medical history
We assess and diagnose your musculoskeletal problems
A treatment plan with goals is created for you
We prescribe you exercises and assistive devices (if need be)
Here is an excellent video from the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, highlighting what physiotherapy is and more about your first visit:
Please bring any reports or other medical documentation that is relevant to your condition. If you have Health coverage also bring your extended health benefits card as we require that information to directly bill your insurer for your visit.
We ask that you to wear or bring clothing appropriate to the type and area of injury. Shorts and a t-shirt or tank top is usually sufficient.