BENEFIT #1: It Helps Restore Normal Physical Function
For people who suffer from physical impairments, whether it is caused by illness or injury, physical therapy is a god-send. Patients who suffer from musculoskeletal damages are benefited greatly by undergoing physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy in other countries. After a patient’s initial interview and assessment a physical therapist will work with a patient to create a program of different programs and exercise that are all based on the patient’s progress goals.
BENEFIT #2: Physiotherapy is a Great Alternative for Pain Relievers
Prolonged use of pain relievers can be harmful to patients. However, the drug must be administered to avoid pain and discomfort. For patients suffering from injury, musculoskeletal damage and even burns, physiotherapy may be a valid alternative. Pain treatment is accomplished in physiotherapy through passive and active means. Active therapy includes massages, pain relief exercises, mobilization, manipulation and strength training. Passive therapy includes the use of ice or heat packs, electrothermal technology, ultrasound and dry needling.
It is important to remember however that the pain relief that physiotherapy provides is short-term. The pain will just keep recurring until the root cause is resolved. It is best to use these treatments to supplement your existing program rather than use treat is as a cure.
BENEFIT #3: Helps in the Management of Certain Illnesses
For neurological illnesses and conditions such as strokes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, physiotherapy is invaluable in the care and management of the chronic symptoms of the mentioned conditions. In the case of hemiparesis for example where there is weakness on one side of the body and abnormal muscle tone on the affected area physiotherapy can be of great help in maintaining even muscle tone and eventually regaining control of the paralyzed area.
Physiotherapy is also incredibly helpful for cardiopulmonary cases. Patients who have difficulty going about their daily lives because of shortness of breath and lack of stamina may benefit from strength and endurance programs.
BENEFIT #4: Physiotherapy Helps Prevent Injury
A lot of times our posture, the way we walk and the way we play sports sets us up for injury. How many times have you heard of a friend hurting themselves at the gym because of improper form or posture? Physiotherapy prevents injury through proper assessment and guidance. First, you will undergo assessments depending on what you’re going in for. Some clinics can assess your gait, posture and even your bike fit! After initial assessment your therapist may require you to be enrolled to specialized programs or outfitted with custom made orthotics, bikes or other machines to prevent injury.
BENEFIT #5: Helps Athletes (and aspiring athletes!) Stay In Shape
Physiotherapy clinics may sometimes have programs and assessment software and technology that can pinpoint where athletes may improve their game. By game we mean, performance, endurance, strength and posture. Some clinics also offer training and coaching for triathlons and marathons.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
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