Physiothérapie THE PHYSIOTHERAPIST IS A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WHO DID HIS UNIVERSITY STUDIES IN A PHYSIOTHERAPY SYLLABUS AND WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE PROFESSIONAL PHYSIOTHERAPY ORDER OF QUEBEC. The primary goal of the physiotherapist is to allow the patient to return to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible and to recover the maximum of his physical abilities. This is achieved with strengthening and stretching exercises, manual techniques and personalized advice to promote a prompt recovery.

Specific techniques and approaches

  • Initial assessment (+)

    It allows the physiotherapist:

    • To assess the severity of the problem and help him determine the affected structures;
    • To inform the patient on his wounds and give relevant advice to manage his condition;
    • To set treatment goals.

    The physiotherapist takes advantage of this time to inform the patient of the treatment methods that will be used. Following the evaluation, the physiotherapist will send the patient, if necessary, to a sports doctor, a specialist or another health care professional.

  • Purpose of Physiotherapy (+)
    • Get maximum customer function
    • Increase mobility
    • Increase flexibility and reduce muscular tensions
    • Increase strength and endurance and reduce pain
    • Correct posture
    • Prevent relapses
    • Equip the patient to manage his symptoms and optimize his rehabilitation.

    A wide range of means is available to the physiotherapist:


    Ultrasound, interferential current, TENS, Muscle Stimulator, iontophoresis, …


    Heat, ice, paraffin bath.


    Different types of exercises are used and chosen according to the problem. Stretching exercises reduce muscular tensions and enhance mobility. Strengthening exercises should be paced to reeducate without pain the muscles at work. Stabilization exercises allow controlling daily joints movements.


    Taping allows channeling edema in places where it will be less damaging for proper healing of the joint. Sports taping will bring additional support to the joint when returning to sport or a particular activity, thus avoiding a relapse. Proprioceptive taping will promote the release or activation of certain muscular groups in order to promote better mechanics around a damaged joint.

    Vertebral tractions (cervical or lumbar)

    Traction is sometimes indicated to decompress painful joints and loosen the surrounding muscle.

  • Specific techniques and approaches
    Several specialized techniques or approaches can be used. Depending on the condition of the patient, one or several of these techniques will be part of the treatment plan. Here is an overview of the specific techniques used in the Boisbriand Physiotherapy clinic.

    Manual therapy

    At its assessment, the physiotherapist will proceed with an analysis of all the movements that involve joint problem and adjacent joints. If this proves relevant, manual therapy can be used. This is a set of techniques of joint mobilization and sliding performed very accurately and without sudden movements, in order to restore optimal mobility to the joint and reduce pain associated with stiffness. Manual therapy is used for multiple problems.

    The McKenzie approach

    This method of treatment uses a series of lumbar movements or cervical standards and repeated in order to centralize to the column of symptoms spreading in the legs or arms then eliminate initial lumbar and cervical pains The physiotherapist assesses the patient’s response to different sets of movement in given directions to find the appropriate “sense of treatment” and teach the patient the right exercises. These exercises are continuously adjusted until the pain is centralized in the lower back or at the cervical level and subsequently eliminated.

    The aqua-therapy

    The swimming pool is an excellent place to ensure adequate strengthening of the back and other joints. Water provides the very useful weightlessness to lighten the burden imposed on structures, the support that secures the execution of exercises, the resistance that allows increasing the muscular mass. That is why, periodically, a clinic physiotherapist moves with a group of patients to a heated swimming pool of the sector to teach exercise programs tailored to each one’s condition.

    Perineum rehabilitation

    View our brochure There exists in physiotherapy specialized treatments for people suffering from urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine) or pelvic pain. Physiotherapists with specific training in pelvic and perineum rehabilitation can help improve the health of the pelvic floor muscles by promoting a better contraction or relaxation of a better musculature. In addition, during the therapy you learn to better control several factors that may affect your condition. The physiotherapist may use:

    Vestibular rehabilitation:

    Dizziness may develop and persist after labyrinthitis, shock or trauma to the head or neck. The physiotherapist can help reduce and eliminate various symptoms (nausea, loss of balance, blurred vision) associated with dysfunction of the vestibular system. Following the evaluation, and in accordance with everyone’s needs, the physiotherapist will use various tools to restore the function of balance centers:

    Temporo-mandibular joint

    Boisbriand Physiotherapy clinic is able to help people struggling with problems in the jaw. In our multidisciplinary team, physiotherapists can assist patients suffering from block of motion, muscular tension, “click” while there is a movement and pain in the jaw near the ear. In addition, osteopaths are skilled at treating cranial dysfunctions affecting the temporomandibular joint. We will therefore be very pleased to receive you for an evaluation and appropriate treatments. Jenny Leclair, pht.