PhysioFit is a private rehabilitation clinic that provides physiotherapeutic services for people who have experienced an injury. The injuries that PhysioFit treats occur in various forms, including sports injuries, work injuries, motor vehicle accidents, overuse injuries, post-surgical patients, and slips and falls.
PhysioFit provides one hour physiotherapy assessments identifying the cause or driver of their symptoms. The focus is biomechanical in nature and the goal of the initial assessment is to clearly define the treatment plan. What makes these evaluations different is that when we identify a biomechanical dysfunction we treat it and then re-evaluate. If there is a decrease in pain or an increase in function or range, then we know that we are on the right track. If it doesn’t make a difference then we move on and continue to find the cause. The evaluation doesn’t end there. We need to know why that dysfunction exists. Taking an in depth history, types of symptoms and what makes the pain better and worse help in the identification of the driver. Our goal with every assessment is to know what the actual cause is. This helps cut through compensatory changes in the system and ultimately help the client recover at a faster rate.
PhysioFit therapists understand that there are multiple causes of pain and dysfunction. We also know how to look for these causes and treat them effectively. We evaluate the muscular, neural, skeletal, cardiovascular, arthros (joints), ligamentous, tendinous, and myofascial systems in order to clearly define the injury. We then look above, below and all around the injured site to determine restrictions that may be causing the injured area to work harder. We call this hypo-hyper model of compensation. Hypomobile joints (joints that don’t move well) lead to surrounding joints to be hypermobile (joints that move more) or hyperactivation of muscles (increased muscle activation) compensating for the joint that isn’t moving well. When a joint is moving too much in a compensatory manner it will increase in laxity (loosen) and can lead to osteoarthritic changes due to an increase in abnormal joint surface wear and tear. If a muscle is hyperactive due to a stiff or dysfunctional joint it fatigues quicker, and is prone to overuse injuries that are commonly seen in working and sporting environments. By treating the source of the problem, pain levels decrease and proper functionality of the body part begins.
Once we have accomplished this, it is our goal to retrain not individual muscles but movement patterns, because this is how we actually move. Retraining motor patterns is essential before strengthening and increasing muscular endurance. If we skip right to strength and endurance training, it is likely the individual will adopt a habitual (usually incorrect) movement pattern. When proper movement patterns have been restored, the time to increase strength and endurance can begin. What PhysioFit professionals are instructed to ensure is that we tailor the exercise to their vocation, their sport, their recreational activities, or their activities of daily living. This ensures individuality and the likelihood that they will perform their exercise. If the exercise is designed to help them get back to what they want to be doing, the greater the chance of follow through.
When a client has reached this stage of their rehab journey, they are typically discharged. At PhysioFit it is our mission to create an environment where they want to stay and not only maintain their current level of functioning, but to increase their own fitness levels. What we will design for them is a program that they can come and perform in our functional training facility.