If you’ve never been to a physiotherapy session before, you may be unsure about what to expect. One thing that can be surprising is the wide variety of tools in the treatment room. In fact, whereas these machines and devices may look intimidating, most are completely painless — after all, their purpose is to help you heal or better manage your daily life. The equipment your physiotherapist will use at your appointment will depend on your injury, disability, or disease and the body parts impacted.
If you’ve ever been to the gym, you’ll find that many pieces in a physiotherapy clinic look quite familiar. Commercial exercise equipment will include a treadmill, stationary bike, dumb bells, bosu balls, TRX and therabands. Some less common equipment used may be whole body vibration and core training boards.
Some other pieces of equipment that you may recognize from the gym are used for mobility — such as exercise steps, functional movement training on exercise mats and in front of full length mirrors.
A balance ball is excellent for strengthening many areas of the body. To prevent muscle strain, it’s important that patients maintain proper alignment of the body (particularly the spine) while using the ball. Foam rollers are also used for posture exercises and for releasing tight muscles.
Acupuncture needles are in sterile individual packages for single use. They are much smaller than needles used for giving a vaccination. The needles are inserted into specific points to achieve multiple therapeutic effects like increasing blood supply and relieving pain. The same needles are used for dry needling of tight muscles and for Gunn IMS intramuscular stimulation to improve blood supply to nerves and improve the length of chronically shortened muscles adjacent to the spine and in the arms or legs.
Finally, there is specialized equipment for chronic pain. The transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation machine can be purchased for home use. Laser and regenerative photonic therapy devices relieve pain and promote healing with effects that last longer than cold or heat therapy.. Shockwave therapy helps restart the healing process in the case of chronic tendon and ligament injuries that are causing pain.
Now that you’re feeling more assured about what physiotherapy involves and what kind of equipment you can expect to see at the clinic, all that’s left is to book your physio session. Edmonton residents can turn to Global Physiotherapy, where you’ll find highly-experienced physiotherapists, modern facilities, and top-of-the-range tools to treat any needs. Book your appointment now.