Four physiotherapy practice areas Canadians will want to know more about - May is National Physiotherapy Month in Canada



    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - Did you know physiotherapists treat
incontinence, help breast cancer patients recover, and can even help you
improve your sex life? May is National Physiotherapy Month and the Canadian
Physiotherapy Association (CPA) is putting the spotlight on four practice
areas:

    
    -  Orthopaedics
    -  Women's health
    -  Neurosciences
    -  Cardiorespiratory
    

    We're celebrating the myriad of rehabilitative and health management
skills physiotherapists across the country are using to promote good health,
prevent injury and improve the physical function and well being of Canadians.
These skills are used to treat patients with a wide range of injuries and
illnesses. Whether it's a minor injury like a sprained ankle or a serious
chronic illness like lung disease, Canadians rely on physiotherapists to help
them take back control of their health and improve quality of life.

    
    Four facts about physiotherapy you may not be aware of:

    -  In orthopaedics, physiotherapy can significantly lessen the pain of
       osteoarthritis of the knee, delay or possibly even prevent the need
       for knee replacement surgery.

    -  In women's health, physiotherapy can produce a substantial and lasting
       reduction in pelvic pain which can interfere with sexual function,
       sleep, and daily functioning.

    -  In neurosciences, therapeutic exercises prescribed by a
       physiotherapist can improve balance, coordination, strength,
       flexibility, mood, and cardiovascular function in people with stroke,
       Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.

    -  In cardiorespiratory health, physiotherapy can help people who suffer
       from lung disease breathe better. In chronic obstructive pulmonary
       disease, for example, physiotherapy can decrease the frequency of
       exacerbations.
    

    This National Physiotherapy Month, CPA invites all Canadians to visit
www.physiotherapy.ca to learn more about what physiotherapists do in these
four practice areas. You'll find links to public information about what
physiotherapists do in these and other practice areas. We also offer online
resources to help Canadians find a physiotherapist for a local consultation.
    If you are experiencing physical pain or have impaired movement as a
result of an orthopaedic, women's health, neuroscience-related or
cardiorespiratory condition, ask a physiotherapist. No referral is required.




For further information:

For further information: and for spokesperson interview: Virginia Bawlf,
National Media Relations Officer, (416) 932-1888 (x222), (647) 379-4145
(cell), vbawlf@physiotherapy.ca

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