FSM Physiotherapy is happy to now be up and running and helping the people of Strathmore move better and feel better!
We believe we are a leader in innovative physiotherapy in Strathmore. Our name says it all: Functional Strength and Mobility – we believe, and research would agree, that as we help you regain the strength and joint mobility necessary to safely and correctly perform everyday functional movements your pain will decrease and your ability to move and be physically active will increase.
Physiotherapy is a health care profession which assists people in restoring, maintaining and maximizing their strength, function and movement. Physiotherapists have a deep knowledge of how the body works and specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of injury and disability. Physiotherapy includes rehabilitation, as well as injury prevention, and promotion of health and fitness.
The terms “physiotherapy” and “physical therapy” mean the same thing and are used interchangeably, as are the terms “physiotherapist” and “physical therapist”.
Can physiotherapy help my condition?
We at FSM Physiotherapy assess and treat a wide range of injuries, conditions, and ailments. Some of the more common things we treat include the following:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Fall Prevention
- Knee Pain
- Musculoskeletal Conditions
- Overuse Injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Shoulder Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Sprains and Strains
- Tendonitis – Rotator Cuff, Achilles, Tennis Elbow, Golfers elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Vertigo/Balance and Dizziness Disorders
- Whiplash/Motor Vehicle Accidents
Please visit the following Physiotherapy Alberta web page for a great resource on many conditions that physiotherapists treat: https://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/public_and_patients/conditions.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral from your family doctor to come and see a physio?
Injured at work?
If you have been injured at work you are covered for physiotherapy service through WCB. FSM Physiotherapy is an authorized WCB provider.
Involved in a car accident?
If you have been injured in a recent motor vehicle accident you are covered for physiotherapy through your insurance, even if the accident was your fault. Thankfully taking advantage of this coverage for personal injury WILL NOT increase your insurance premiums.
Why am I in pain when I haven’t had any specific injury?
That is a broad question, but common reasons for this we have seen here at FSM physiotherapy Strathmore can be categorized as follows:
Overuse: the repetitious typing on the keyboard, or clicking on the mouse, the repetitive bending at work, or having to lift things repetitively but not being able to do so correctly because you are lifting awkwardly sized boxes, or because they are crammed into a tiny space and therefore impossible to lift correctly. Even doing too much exercise can be bad if the movements you are doing are not performed correctly and with good mechanics. Doing any movement repetitively and/or with poor form, without any body work to correct the muscles imbalances and joint loading errors they cause is going to cause you pain eventually.
Underuse: it is easy to slip into the habit of living a fairly sedentary life. We may sit at a desk all day, we may sit on the couch all night and then we lie in bed all night. We weren’t built to sit all day; we were built to move. The term ‘use it or lose it’ comes to mind – if we do not use our muscles and our joints full ranges of motion, we lose them. We get weak, and we get stiff. Not to mention the horrible muscle imbalances that come from sitting all day. Yes, if we are doing nothing, we are still likely to experience pain eventually.
The great thing is, with some careful assessment and treatment you can live a pain free life!
What should I expect my first visit?
You will be asked to fill out some paperwork initially, and then your physiotherapist will conduct a detailed assessment of your injury or condition. This includes both a lengthy chat about your condition and medical history, as well as a detailed physical assessment. Your physio will then explain their findings and what is causing your problem. They will then discuss a proposed treatment plan. You will be asked to consent to this treatment plan before any treatment is actually administered. Your initial visit will last approximately 45-60 minutes.