Popular Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques

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There is not only one way to have physiotherapy treatment performed. In fact, the treatment process involves a variety of treatments in order to get the best results possible. Here are some treatment techniques that might be used to treat your condition.


The standard treatment at a physiotherapist’s office is physiotherapy itself. The procedure sometimes is simply an education of your condition and the methods that can be used to help you out, including stretches and exercises. Physiotherapy is also a combination of other treatment types.

Massage therapy

Massage therapy is typically performed by massage therapists (RMT) who collaborate with our physiotherapists. Types of massages that might be used include: sports massage, fascia release, trigger point therapy, facilitated stretching and a traditionally Swedish relaxation massage. The type of massage that you need will depend on your condition. Massage might be included in your physiotherapy treatment plan, but it can also be performed regularly for stress reduction.

Pelvic floor

Pelvic floor therapy is used to treat pelvic pain and other pelvic issues that you might be suffering from. Common conditions that use this technique include bladder and bowel incontinence, pelvic girdle problems, painful intercourse, and generalized pelvic pain. The physiotherapist will work the pelvic floor internally, targeting the source of your issues.

TMJ treatment

TMJ or TMD disorders are conditions that specifically affect the jaw joint. The TMJ brings the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. The disorder is caused when the lower jaw glides forward on the upper jaw, giving a shock to your temporal bone. The physiotherapist will be able to evaluate your specific condition to see how the muscles and joints need to be treatment to provide relief.

Manual therapy

Manual therapy is the use of gentle, hands-on techniques to help reduce any muscles tightness that you might be experiencing. It can be performed on joints and muscles to improve your function and your range of motion.

Functional and postural training

The purpose of functional training is to improve how you perform your regular daily activities. Physiotherapy will work on coordinating your muscles as a whole, rather than focusing on exercises that only give you strength and power. The ultimate goal for this treatment type is to increase your balance, strength, and endurance, making it easier to complete your daily tasks. Meanwhile, postural training focuses on your posture. Poor posture is associated to back and neck pain, and injury. Since so many people sit at desks for work all day, maintaining a good posture is more important than ever before.

Sports therapy

Athletes of all abilities will often need to pay a visit to the physiotherapist for treatment. Whether to help an injury or to prevent an injury, sports therapy is all about getting you in shape to engage in the sports that you love. Injury prevention means looking at your form and fitness and helping to build a plan to improve your overall strength and range of motion to stop an injury before it starts. The treatment will also be based on the sport that you participate in. Likewise, if you have sustained a sports-related injury, you will need to receive treatment to heal the injured area and to help prevent you from reinjuring it again in the future.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

Also referred to as dry needling, IMS involves inserting fine needles into specific trigger points, causing a twitch response from the muscle. This can cause a release of tension and overall improvement of nerve sensitization. While the process is often confused with acupuncture, the treatment is not the same. The process will cause a Charlie horse sensation for about a day or so after treatment. Once that has passed, you will feel better than ever.


Like IMS, acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into anatomical points to help encourage natural healing. It is used to relieve pain and improve your overall bodily function.

Given the wide variety of treatment techniques that we use, we would need to customize your treatment plan in order to give you an idea of which techniques would be best to meet your needs. To start this process, give our office a call and setup an appointment at Fifth Ave Physiotherapy in Calgary.

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