Physiotherapy is a healthcare division that helps your entire body or parts of it recover mobility and function, balance and coordination so that you can go back to your everyday activities. Physiotherapy also plays a very important part in the prevention of mobility loss because of a sedentary lifestyle and/or age.
How exactly is physiotherapy useful?
It is practiced by highly trained physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants and technicians, usually in a physiotherapy clinic. With the help of specific techniques and modern equipment, they are able to treat both the symptoms and the source of your health problem. Physical therapy is suitable for all ages, but depending on your specific needs, you may want to seek the services of a physical therapist specialized in one of the following areas: sports, neurological rehabilitation (for people with neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, ALS, brain and spinal injury), cardiovascular and pulmonary physiotherapy (useful before and after cardiac and pulmonary surgery), pediatrics and geriatrics (for older adults who experience osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, hip replacement, cancer), and orthopedic physical therapies (disorders of the musculoskeletal system, such as back and neck pain, arthritis, fractures, sprains, strains, amputations).
In a physiotherapy clinic, you will get not only treatment, but also advice on how to improve your overall quality of life and prevent the same health problem from reoccurring. For example, you can get your work station evaluated, and receive advice on correct posture, particularly if you’ve come to the physiotherapist with back and neck pain caused by prolonged or incorrect sitting at a desk, also see this remedial massage in Bundoora.
Usually, the therapist will ask questions about your medical history and daily activities, and perform a detailed physical examination of the mobility and functionality of your body; then a treatment plan is devised according to your needs, but usually to keep your joints mobile and pain-free. Some of the techniques used in physiotherapy include: joint and spinal mobilization therapy, core stability training, manual therapy, massage, heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, prescribing exercise programs tailored to your needs (like Pilates, stretching, weight lifting, that you can do at home too, not just at the clinic), acupuncture and dry needling, electrical stimulation, balance training and re-education, walking/running retraining, strength and rehabilitation training. Conditions like tennis elbow and jumper’s knee can also benefit from the use of non-surgical procedures like shockwave therapy to accelerate tissue healing.
There may be some pain and soreness associated with some physical therapy treatments, but it goes away in a short while. Also, before making an appointment, check with the clinic if you need a referral from your physician.