Dynamic Health Physiotherapy


Beyond Passive Treatment: How Exercise Can Improve Your Physiotherapy Experience

As mentioned in week 1 of Physiotherapy Month, the wonderful thing about physiotherapy is that it can be many things to many different people. Physiotherapy can be involved in several different treatment areas and use various techniques, machines and equipment to help a wide range of people.   

Like almost any professional field, there are differing beliefs on how to do our job most effectively. It is our belief that physiotherapy is not meant to be purely a passive experience. While hands-on treatment is an essential part of our practice, and the modalities (machines) we use can help with many conditions, we believe that a combination of all of these – with a focus on exercise and active recovery – is MOST effective and sets you up for success in the long term.

If you’ve ever struggled with a nagging injury or chronic pain that just wouldn’t go away or tried physiotherapy before, only to find that the relief is temporary at best, it could be that a different approach was needed. At Dynamic Health, we believe that physiotherapy is not meant to be a passive experience. Instead, we take a hybrid approach that incorporates hands-on techniques with active exercises to empower our patients and help them achieve long-term success. 


One core component of treatment at our physiotherapy clinic is our focus on empowering patients to become increasingly self-sufficient in their recovery. While we still use hands-on techniques, we encourage the use of complementary exercises to reinforce the progress made during in-clinic treatment. This way, patients are better equipped to continue making gains at home and maintain their progress even after completing their treatment with us. 



Incorporating exercise and active recovery into our treatment plans is a cornerstone of our approach. We start with exercises as soon as our patients are cleared for activity by their doctor and are able to tolerate movement. We use progressively more challenging movements to reinforce the hands-on techniques that we use in-clinic. This way, our patients continue to make gains after treatment sessions, which reinforces our message that passive treatment is not the best option for optimal recovery. Patients need to be active participants in their recovery. This can be a very empowering feeling – when you’re able to see how your actions (doing exercises) directly improve your health and move you toward your goals. 



The results speak for themselves. One of our favorite examples of how this approach can be so effective is with low back pain. Traditional passive treatments like heat, traction tables, or TENS machines may provide short-term relief, but they do very little to address the underlying causes of these injuries. A hybrid approach, including hands-on therapy, the use of modalities, and supervised exercises, is much more effective at addressing these root causes, which are often related to muscle weakness and localized joint irritation. Using exercises can especially help to train the affected area to tolerate the activities that were causing strain in the first place. Getting stronger can also reduce stress on the joints that result in pain in the surrounding area. 


At Dynamic Health, we also leverage technology and equipment to enhance our patients’ experience and outcomes. We use traditional modalities like heat, TENS, IFC, and ultrasound to reduce pain and inflammation, with the goal of allowing patients to do more activity with less pain, which in turn allows us to progress exercises more quickly and facilitate a faster recovery. 



But it’s not just about the hands-on techniques or the equipment we use. We believe that patient education is crucial to achieving long-term success. That’s why we take the time to explain the process and the reasoning for our diagnosis and approach to treatment. When patients understand why they’re doing certain exercises or how their condition is improving, they’re more likely to stick to their plan of care and make better decisions about their health. Patient education also helps to reduce the risk of reinjury later, as patients are better equipped to understand how to prevent future injuries. 

In conclusion, at Dynamic Health, we believe that physiotherapy is not meant to be a passive experience. Our active, hybrid approach to treatment, coupled with patient education, empowers our patients to achieve long-term success and maintain their progress even after their treatment is complete. If you’re ready to take control of your recovery and achieve lasting results, schedule an appointment with us today. 

If you are experiencing pain, it is important to speak to your physiotherapist to find out what is causing your symptoms.  

We have free physiotherapy discovery visits, where you can speak to a member of our team, ask any questions that you have, and find out more about our specific approach to treatment.   

We can also help you understand how to get stronger and healthier than ever, so you are able to make the most of your day, stay active with friends and family rather than feeling stiff and sore, and even sleep better once the pain or stiffness isn’t waking you up in the night anymore.    

Alternatively, you can always call us at 506-404-1565 if you prefer to talk over the telephone.

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