How Does Physiotherapy Make Your Life Better?
Physiotherapy is a primary care, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:
- Assessing, diagnosing and treating physical symptoms and limited movement caused by injury, aging, disability, or other health conditions
- Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions
- Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance
- Teaching you how to restore, maintain and/or maximize movement, reduce pain, and manage any chronic symptoms
- Teaching you how to stay well, achieve the best quality of life possible and avoid future injury
You should expect a holistic approach from your physiotherapist with hands on care. The most recent research incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.
What Types of Treatments/Interventions Does a Physiotherapist Use?
Range of Motion (ROM) Exercises
Certain conditions can make your muscles to become weak. Strengthening exercises are an important part of physiotherapy rehabilitation to prepare you for your return to your original performance level or highest possible function.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft tissue mobilization or therapeutic massage may be a part of your physiotherapy treatment to relax your tight muscles, relieve pain and reduce swelling.
A technology that introduces intense, short energy waves travelling faster than sound into the body to create a healing cascade, the promotion of tissue healing, breakdown of calcification and tissue adhesions, decrease of pain and increase of function. Shockwave is especially beneficial for the following conditions:
- Plantar fasciitis (with or without heel spur)
- Tendonitis (Achilles, patella)
- Lateral Epicondylitis
- Rotator cuff tendonopathy (with or without calcification)
- Connective tissue pain
- Lateral Hip pain
- IT band syndrome
- Chronic neck and back pain
Cold Therapy or Cryotherapy
Cold therapy is effective in minimizing pain and swelling, especially in acute injuries.
Applying heat can help improve your blood flow especially at the site of injury, thus, speeding up healing. In addition, it can help soften tight tissues and relieves pain. We'll apply heat if appropriate (or if you'd like to finish your session with it!), but our main focus is certainly going to be on active rehabilitation and facilitating healing.
Electrical stimulation is used to prevent muscle atrophy in people with paralysis and assist in gaining some degree of muscle strength, such as after a knee surgery. In electrical stimulation, electrodes are placed on the surface of the skin, which can cause muscles to shorten. Watch a short Instagram video of Jason Douglas, PT and Clinic Director in West Springs applying this technique.
TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a type of electrical stimulation. It is a small battery-powered device that sends low current through the electrodes place on the skin surface. A TENS device does not cause the muscles to contract, but rather helps temporarily relieve pain.
- Joint Mobilization
- Gait (Walking) Training
- Postural Training
- Ergonomic Training
- Balance Exercises
- Fitting of Braces and Orthotic Devices
You might also benefit from one of our specialized programs for Hip & Knee Ostoearthritis; Chronic Back Pain; Pelvic Physiotherapy for Pre/post natal conditions and Dance Science.
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