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What is Physiotherapy? How Does Physiotherapy Work?
Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a healthcare profession that involves the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of physical impairments, disabilities, and pain. Physiotherapists are licensed healthcare professionals who have undergone extensive training and education to provide patients with personalized treatment plans that help them recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions, and improve their overall physical function and mobility.
During a physiotherapy session, the physiotherapist will first conduct an evaluation to assess the patient's condition and identify any physical limitations or areas of pain. They may also review medical records and perform diagnostic tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans, to gain a better understanding of the underlying cause of the patient's condition.
Based on their assessment, the physiotherapist will then develop a personalized treatment plan that may include exercises, manual therapy, electrotherapy, and other interventions. The goal of physiotherapy is to help patients restore their physical function, improve their mobility and flexibility, and manage pain and discomfort.
Physiotherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal injuries, neurological disorders, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and chronic pain. It can also be helpful for individuals who are recovering from surgery or are dealing with the effects of aging.
At the heart of physiotherapy is the belief that every patient is unique, and therefore, each treatment plan should be tailored to the individual's specific needs and goals. Physiotherapists work closely with their patients to develop a plan that is both effective and achievable, and they regularly monitor progress and adjust the plan as needed.
When should I go see a physiotherapist?
Think about getting physiotherapy if you have an injury, or chronic pain that affects how you function everyday. A doctor may refer you to physiotherapy after surgery such as a hip replacement, or an event such as a heart attack or stroke.
How Does Physiotherapy Help?
Exercise and education is at the core of physiotherapy. Keeping those joints and muscles moving is super important for your health! Strengthening your muscles and ligaments can help you reduce pain, regain mobility, and so much more!
Common Conditions physiotherapists treat?
Physiotherapists focus on both prevention and rehabilitation. Treatment can be for problems caused by injury, disease or disability. Here are some examples:
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelength of light to help accelerate the healing process. Laser safely penetrate into the skin to help improve healing and reduce pain relief also decrease inflammation. Those that suffer from sprains, muscle pain, inflammation, joint pain will find benefit in Apollo Cold Laser.
Electrotherapy is used for relaxation of muscle spasms, prevention and retardation of disuse atrophy, increase of blood circulation, muscle rehabilitation, and reduction by electrical muscle stimulation.
Electrical stimulation may directly block transmission of pain signals along nerves. In addition, electrical stimulation has been shown to promote the release of endorphins, the natural painkillers produced by the body.
The ultrasound waves pass through skin and vibrate the soft tissue with a deep heat even though the patient can’t feel warming sensation.Ultrasound is known to relax your tissues, break down scar tissue and increase blood flow around the affected area. An increase blood flow can help reduce swelling. Common injuries which can be treated by ultrasound include tendonitis, frozen shoulder, bursitis, muscle tear, spasms and strains, ligament sprains and tight joints
Radial shockwave therapy is a method for the treatment of superficial orthopedic disorders. A projectile accelerated in the hand piece generates a mechanical pressure wave, which is transferred to body by an applicator head and which radiates out in the tissue. The mechanical stress triggers reactions in the tissue that have a positive influence on a wide range of orthopedic and neurological conditions
Exercise plays an important role in improving the performance and functioning of the body area under rehabilitation
The exercises that are prescribed include active motion, strengthening, stretching, balancing, and conditioning exercises
Taping is most effective when it’s used in conjunction with other treatments like manual therapy or exercise.
It’s used to support weak zones, re-educating muscles, enhance performance, managing scars, swelling
Massage, soft tissue techniques, joint mobilization, spinal manipulation. Tractions
What can I expect at physiotherapy?
Your session will be unique, because it is all about you and your particular needs. In general, here’s what happens:
A physiotherapist will ask you many detailed questions about your pain or injury and what are your goals for treatment.
Next your physiotherapist may do several physical tests to determine things such as your:
These tests are designed to help your physiotherapist diagnose your pain or injury, and then determine the best treatment plan for your condition.
Your physiotherapy treatment will be based on the diagnosis from your initial assessment.
Treatment may involve:
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