What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a medical treatment that is a combination of injury prevention, rehabilitation, holistic fitness, and sustainable healing. Physio is mostly focused on movement and the science that revolves around it so that it can address any issues that can cause disability or injury; once the issues are sorted, physiotherapy can help patients maximize and restore their vigour and strength (before any further injury).
Physio works with a combination of techniques to regain mobility such as exercises and massages, and these techniques are implemented once the diagnosis is finalized. The diagnosis will tell the patient what treatment plan they should opt for, and the plan should improve their overall well-being and help restore them to their normal (pain-free) routine.
Why do you need it?
People usually seek out physiotherapy when they are recovering from a major injury / surgery, and they go through the treatment sessions to relieve the pain that restricts their mobility and strength. Several factors can cause a person to visit a physiotherapist like muscle spasms, wrong posture, muscle strains, or an external factor that can cause an intense injury. Physio will help the patient manage pain and move better; the physiotherapists will also inform them of trigger signs to look for in the future so that they can prevent the injury from happening again. This will also save you from any added pain and corresponding downtime.
Here is the most common reason people go for physio sessions:
• Preventing major injuries
• To work on having a good posture (especially if the patient is working a desk job)
• Alleviate muscle spasms
• Help with stretching and flexibility of muscles
• Accelerates the healing process, post-surgery
• Helps with knee or hip surgery recovery
• Improves body balance
The advantages of Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy can provide pain relief to patients of all ages, no matter the variety of injuries or ailments. Once you consult and get help from a licensed physiotherapist, and get a treatment plan that works with your diagnosis, then you are ensured with a healthy and active life in the future.
Relief from pain: One of the biggest benefits of Physio is the lasting relief from pain. The aches and pains you experience in your body may be due to many reasons, like an injury caused due to sports or chronic lower backaches caused due to age or poor posture. If the pain begins to get in the way of your daily routine, then take it as a sign to schedule an appointment with a physiotherapist. Physio sessions will help reduce the pain and also curb your dependence on painkillers, which can be hazardous to your physical and mental health, in the future.
Better balance and mobility: People who are recovering from an injury or surgery are usually confined to bed for a long time, so it takes them a while to return to their normal gait. In this case, mobility can be a challenge, and performing daily tasks may seem almost impossible because of the pain; this is where physiotherapy can be of great help. With the help of a good physiotherapist, your body will regain strength, gain mobility / flexibility, and enhance co-ordination as well.
Prevention from extensive surgery: Sometimes surgery is unavoidable, especially if it is caused by a severe injury. The recovery period after surgery will include a certain amount of physiotherapy because it will help with versatility and flexibility. If you have an injury that doesn’t need surgery, and you want to avoid that experience, you will be offered a variety of treatments based on the diagnosis, and you can choose the treatment you want along with the therapies. Physio helps to heal injured tissues and acts as a catalyst for smooth movement and balance, over time.
Manage age-related problems: As people age, their joints and muscles become weak. This means that they are more prone to injuries and other complications like arthritis and osteoporosis. To tackle these problems, before they get worse, you have to consult with a physiotherapist. The activities suggested during a physio session will improve movement, coordination, and help you walk safely (without injuring yourself further).
Avoid any dependency on prescription medicines: Painkillers may provide instant relief, but when taken for a long period, they might have negative effects on major organs like your kidneys and liver. Also, using prescription meds over the long term may lead to drug abuse, which can be detrimental to a person’s mental and physical health. So, you must take painkillers for a short period, and stop once you find an effective alternative to them. This is where physiotherapy comes in because it’s considered as a safe alternative to opiates.
Problems that require Physiotherapy treatment: As mentioned before, the need for Physio can be unpredictable, and it can come up at any age, especially if you have experienced any physical trauma like sprains, fractures, invasive surgery, or muscle disorders. Listed below are some physical conditions that require immediate attention from a physiotherapist:
Posture problems like:
• Lower and upper back pain
• Stiff neck
• Shoulder tightness
• Poor muscle tone
• Lack of balance in muscles
Joint pain that includes the following:
• Poorly aligned joints
• Age-related joint pain
• Knee replacement
• Tendon surgery
• Lymph node replacement
• Spinal cord injury surgery
Bruising or Inflammation:
• Any blunt force trauma that is caused by a sports injury
• Muscle swelling
• Lymphatic congestion
Additional conditions that need physiotherapy:
• Frozen shoulder
• Slip disc
• Pregnancy-related pain in muscles and joints
• Cerebral Palsy
A typical physio consultation will include:• The problem areas of the body will be assessed and treated by the Modalities
• Stretching the muscles
• Manipulating the joints with the help of equipment or manually
• A series of physical exercises that will help with circulation and mobility