Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.
Physiotherapy is a science based profession and takes a ‘whole person ‘ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.
At the core is patient involvement in his/her own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.
The treatment administered by physiotherapists varies and can range from exercise, manual therapy, stretching, soft tissue massage and release, acupuncture along with other therapeutic treatment options.
Here are 5 key benefits of Physiotherapy:
Physiotherapy helps manage pain
Physiotherapists often see patients who experience acute pain due to injury. They not only treat the painful areas but also look for the source of the pain. They also look for areas of stiffness or weakness that may be adding stress to certain structures that are causing pain.
Physiotherapy tackles the physical side of the inflammation, stiffness and soreness and it also addresses the emotional side of the injury or dysfunction.
Physiotherapy can also be highly effective for all types of chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic types of pain. Effective management requires interventions that help rewire the nervous system instead of treating the original injury, leading to chronic pain relief.
Physiotherapy can help prevent sports injuries
Physiotherapists have an extremely important role in the prevention of sports injuries. A preventative plan should be a part of every athlete’s training program. Physiotherapists can help identify indicators of potential injuries and get them taken care of before they impact your lifestyle. Proper training, stretching and strengthening are the most important elements to preventing sports injuries.
Physiotherapy can improve mobility and balance
Balance is the ability to control your body position while standing or moving. Mobility is the ability to stand up and walk in a range of environments. Both of these can deteriorate with age and certain health conditions make this deterioration worse.
Physiotherapists can help design a specific exercise program to help improve balance and mobility in people of all ages. Physiotherapists also play a big role in fall prevention. They can assess your need for a walking aid and prescribe the most suitable one based on your lifestyle and physical abilities.
Physiotherapy can help you before and after surgery
Surgery is sometimes needed to improve your health or save your life and it can be stressful emotionally and physically. A physiotherapist can help you recover from surgery faster and get you back to the activities that you enjoy doing. Physiotherapy can also be quite beneficial before an elective surgery as it can help you build up the muscles around the joint aiding in recovery post operatively.
Physiotherapy can also help tackle general health issues
The secret to achieving a healthy physical state lies in the prevention of disease or illness. Physiotherapists can help with prevention and treatment of a variety of health problems related to family history, living or work environment and lifestyle activities. This can be done through general nutrition and lifestyle modifications, education as well as incorporation and design of an appropriate exercise program.
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