When my friend’s hand got fractured in a freak accident a few months ago, the doctor was very clear that even after the cast got removed, she needed to go for a session of physiotherapy if she wanted her hand to get back to normal. Is physiotherapy so important? And if so why? In order to find an answer to this question of mine, I asked my best guide, Mr. Google and this is what Wiki had to say about Physiotherapy.
“Physiotherapy is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that, by using mechanical force and movements, remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention. It is performed by physical therapists (known as physiotherapists in many countries).”
The prime focus of Physiotherapy is to develop, maintain and/or restore a person’s maximum physical movement and functional ability throughout their lifespan. This can be useful in a routine day to day business or after any injury or ailment that debilitates regular functions that are physical in nature.
Physiotherapists are highly trained professionals who specialize in the study of movement. They enable a person to achieve and maintain health and well being. Their prime focus is to understand how the human body works, and based on the individual, encourage their client to improve their physical condition and increase control over their lives by providing them with specific activities.
A Physiotherapist can actually help relieve the pain by gauging one’s physical condition, identifying the problem, and then working with the individual to develop an objective directed strategy for improvement of the condition. They can provide valuable health related advice and care for people throughout their lives, from birth to old age.
In a nutshell, a Physiotherapist can:
- Help reduce pain, and smoothen the process of healing with the aid of various Therapy techniques (Ultrasound, IFC, TENS, ETPS);
- Not only take care but also help prevent sports and bone related injuries;
- As one grows older there are joint related issues which can be restored and aid boost joint movements through physiotherapists;
- Improve equilibrium and bring back body movement coordination following major injuries;
- Educate clients in the safe use of external aids;
- Provide counsel, recommend, administer and amend exercises to strengthen muscles and improve stamina;
- Restore movement and assist normal motor control in clients with neurological disorders;
- Provide adjustments for spinal and peripheral joints manually;
- Facilitate soft tissue massage to relieve pain in muscles;
- instruct regarding exercises to enhance both dynamic muscle balance and strengthen with the use of core stability exercises;
- Perform a wide range of tests to help locate the source of the problem and implement an appropriate treatment;
- Treat a wide variety of injuries and problems using many different techniques.
A physiotherapist today is an indispensible part of any physical activity whether at home, school, colleges or even organizations. A good physiotherapist needs to have not only a degree in physiotherapy, but also should know how to apply the knowledge that one has acquired.
At OneLife Home Healthcare, our team of physiotherapists have not only the experience to handle any kind of physical issues, but also the expertise to ensure that the client finds relief at the earliest. And all this within the comfort of your home!