Allison was 9 months old when I first met her and her family. She had a diagnosis of schizencephaly and it was apparent when we met that she had difficulties in many systems.
Physiotherapists work in all health care settings including: hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, community-based clinics, schools, private practice clinics and family health teams. A rehabilitation profession, physiotherapy is regulated in Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).
In Ontario, physiotherapists are registered to practice by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Today, there are more than 7,000 physiotherapists in the province.
Physiotherapists must complete a university degree in an accredited physiotherapy program. In Canada, university physiotherapy programs are now at the masterís level. All graduating physiotherapists must pass a national exam to enter professional practice. Physiotherapists are committed to lifelong learning and upgrade their skills through continuing education programming post-graduation.
Physiotherapy has proven to be effective in the treatment and management of a wide variety of conditions, including the following:
- stroke and traumatic brain injury
- spinal cord injury
- and a range of respiratory conditions
Physiotherapy offers those afflicted with tools and techniques to acquire and maintain an optimum level of function and pain-free living.