Physiotherapists improve clients’ quality of life by:

  • Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness;
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability;
  • Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions;
  • Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;
  • Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and
  • Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.

Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.

About Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a rehabilitation profession with a presence in all health care delivery streams: hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, community-based clinics, schools, private practice clinics and primary care networks. It is regulated in NB under the Health Professions Act (HPA).

In NB, physiotherapists are registered to practice by the College of Physiotherapists of NB. There are approximately 550 registered physiotherapists in the province.

While physicians are referred to as MDs and nurses as RNs, physiotherapists or physical therapists are often referred to as PTs. The professional titles in NB for this leading rehabilitation health care professional are physiotherapist or physical therapist.

Physiotherapy is a drug-free health care practice. Physiotherapists work in partnership with individuals of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function whether that means working with patients pre and post surgery, helping people come back from illness and chronic disease, injury, industrial and motor vehicle accidents and age related conditions. Physiotherapists also play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention. Physiotherapy is the treatment of preference for many who suffer from pain whether in the back or neck, or joint pain such as hips, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows or shoulders.

Physiotherapy has proven to be effective in the treatment and management of arthritis, diabetes, stroke and traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and a range of respiratory conditions offering those afflicted with tools and techniques to acquire and maintain an optimum level of function and pain free living.

La physiothérapie est une discipline de la santé intervenant au niveau de la prévention et promotion de la santé, de l’évaluation, du diagnostic, du traitement et de la réadaptation des déficiences et incapacités touchant les systèmes neurologique, musculosquelettique et cardiorespiratoire de la personne.

En d’autres termes, la physiothérapie traite les limitations fonctionnelles découlant de blessures et de maladies affectant les muscles, les articulations et les os, ainsi que les systèmes neurologique (cerveau, nerfs, moelle épinière), respiratoire (poumons), circulatoire (vaisseaux sanguins) et cardiaque (cœur).

Le rôle de la physiothérapie est d’aider à recouvrer le maximum de ses capacités physiques en fonction de son propre potentiel de récupération. Pour y parvenir, les professionnels de la physiothérapie utilisent une variété de modalités de traitement, telles que des techniques manuelles, les exercices, l’électrothérapie, l’hydrothérapie et la thermothérapie (glace ou chaleur).

Ces interventions, axées sur l’autoresponsabilisation du client, permettent d’acquérir des capacités physiques nécessaires à l’intégration sociale, aux activités de la vie quotidienne et à l’accomplissement d’un travail, d’un loisir ou d’un sport.