How Physiotherapy can improve mobility and help with pain management

Physiotherapy

 

 

If you have been affected by an injury, illness or disability physiotherapy can help restore movement and function.

Physiotherapists consider the body as a whole and will work with patients to improve movements and reduce pain, as well as providing education and advice.

Physiotherapists have been trained to help the affected people by offering physical help, educational tips, and advice. With mobility restoration, this treatment gives patients hope in their road to recovery.

Physiotherapy is available through the NHS or from a private service such as Physio Space, however waiting lists for NHS treatment can be quite long.

 

What does Physiotherapy involve?

Some of the exercises done during the treatment include aquatic therapy, electrical stimulation and use of equipment like the bike and treadmill. With each session aimed at either cooling, warming or triggering the nervous system, this is the go-to option.
Not only does physiotherapy help in strengthening muscles, but you can manage conditions like diabetes and other vascular diseases can too. The right aerobic exercises can help in blood sugar management. Heart attack patients are also introduced to this therapy to help normalise their daily activities.

The following are the reasons why you should opt for Physiotherapy:

1. The treatment helps in pain management
Patients can find movement very daunting due to the chronic pains they suffer from, some of which their causes are unknown. Exposure to soft tissue exercises helps reduce the pain or even better eliminate it. Continuous similar practices for a prolonged period will also prevent future recurrence of the same pain.

2.Helps a patient dodge surgery
In as much as operation might be the only option, physical therapy will reduce the chances of having to under the knife for open surgery. Therapeutic exercises you indulge in restores and helps tissues heal on their own restoring the physical fitness. In instances where the patient has already undergone surgery, physical therapy will speed up the healing process.

3. Special Equipment for patients with special needs
For patients with concussions, therapeutic clinics have specialized LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights with specified color consistency that help the therapists focus and know where exactly the injury is and what to do in therapy. The facilities also have fully equipped rehabilitation gyms with equipment that will help revive muscle functioning. Outdoor sessions like the aquatic therapy in swimming pools help in calming nerves, dilation of blood vessels and cooling off the body system.

4. Choice of treatment solely depends on the patient
Unlike a standard health facility where the services are on offer, in the same manner, therapeutic clinics give their patients a chance to choose where they want to conduct the services. With an option of whether to be treated privately or in an open area, clients decide where they feel comfortable to be. The therapists also advise the patients on the different exercises and the choice of either a rigorous or a mild exercise is of the patient.

5. Physical therapy helps in age-related conditions
With advancement in age, several age-related issues are inevitable. Diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis might catch up forcing the affected persons to go for minor joint surgeries. Physical therapy in such situations comes in handy to reduce pain in the affected areas lessening the chances of the elderly going for operations.

6. Exercises are done to help maximise a patient’s movement
Activities you do during the therapy session aim at enhancing the patient’s mobility. Each patient is coming with a different challenge; the result is always the same. With a pain-free body, the quality of life improves too. Some initial capabilities lost because of an injury have a chance to be revived; however long it might take.

7. Therapy helps prevent injuries
During the sessions of reviving the muscular strength, it is possible for therapists to come up with a plan to take care of the vulnerability of other points that might face future damage. With this plan in mind, an exercise that will counter the weak joint is introduced to strengthen the surrounding muscles in prevention.

Working with a specialist throughout a therapy session is not guarantee that a miracle will instantly happen. The process requires patience, hard work, and a positive attitude. Some conditions like stroke affect a more significant part of the physical body meaning that the affected areas need enough strength to regain posture
The ability of physical therapy to restore muscle strength, thus regaining maximum movement of patients makes it a reliable treatment.

Before you instruct any physiotherapist you should check they are registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) to ensure you receive the best treatment.