Physical therapy or physiotherapy is a branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment using physical means. It offers services to people to develop, restore and maintain maximum movements. Also, it helps to reduce pain, regain flexibility and mobility, strengthen muscles and body posture.
This treatment encourages lifestyle changes and activities that help prevent further injuries, improving the overall health and well-being of a person. Primary care doctors will refer patients for physiotherapy during the early stages of a problem. It is considered a conservative approach to managing health-related issues. For example, I witnessed the use of physiotherapy on my husband to treat his back pain. My husband’s physio appointments have helped relieve his pain without the use of medication.
Here are some benefits of physiotherapy:
When you have trouble standing or moving at any age, physiotherapy is an effective option. Straightening and stretching exercises will help to restore your movement. In addition, therapists can assist people with crutches, cane, or other assistive devices. By having a customized individual care plan, any activity relevant to your experience can be adapted and practiced, ensuring maximum performance and safety. Besides, the physical therapist helps with age-related issues like arthritis by alleviating pain and quick recovery when you get a hip, joint, or knee replacement.
Improves Balance and Prevents Falls
When you start physical therapy, you get screened for fall risks. If at a higher risk, the therapist provides exercises that carefully and safely challenge your body balance that mimic real situations. Therapists also help with exercises to improve the usage of assistive devices and better coordination for safer walking. In case balance problems are caused by vestibular system challenges, they perform some maneuvers to restore functioning, eliminating and reducing symptoms of dizziness.
Treats Sports-Related Injuries
Injuries in the sports field are dangerous and can affect your life for extended periods. With high speeds, unpredictable movements, and high impact collisions, sporting injuries are common issues that physiotherapists address. Whether you are an amateur or an athlete, you need qualified physical therapy care to help with sports injury treatment to reduce recovery time, building and strengthening your current condition.
Helps to Enhance Women’s Health
Physiotherapists undertake antenatal classes that help maintain women’s health and the child’s health as they help during the postnatal and antenatal period. It also ensures easy delivery as they help during labor pains. They also help in the post-delivery period. During this time, women suffer from neck pain, back pain, and lower back pain. Therapists also guide on proper posture to help in relieving such pain. During feeding, they offer guidance on posture to avoid neck and back pains.