What is Physiotherapy?
The primary healthcare professionals that offer physical therapy services are known as physiotherapists. Physiotherapy is aimed at promoting health, rehabilitation, preventing injuries, as well as the treatment of disease and injury. Physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of the body and how it functions as well as years of training. They primarily use their hands-on clinical skills for assessing, diagnosing, and treating symptoms of illness, injury, or even disability.
Physiotherapy is defined as the method of treatment that focuses on the science of movement. The focus of physiotherapy are maintaining, restoring, and maximising function, motion, general health, and physical strength.
What Should You Expect at a Physiotherapy Appointment?
A physiotherapist from The Good Physio works with you the patient to explore your abilities and functional needs before coming up with a plan for treatment that incorporates current techniques and approaches. At the appointment, you can expect the physiotherapist to:
– Enquire about your medical history
– Assess and diagnose your needs and condition
– Prescribe workouts and devices (if necessary)
– Come up with a customised plan for treatment that considers your lifestyle, health, and activities
– Help you come up with and meet your physical goals
Physiotherapists usually have a master’s degree in physiotherapy and are required to have met the national entry-level education and practice standards. A prospective physiotherapist is required to pass the national Physiotherapy Competency Examination and then register with the college of physiotherapists in his/her territory/province before he/she can start practicing.
Physiotherapists are also skilled when it comes to identifying the root cause of an injury as well as effectively treating the injury. Physiotherapists can practice is many environments, which include fitness clubs, private clinics, residential care, community health centres, hospitals, schools, workplaces, home visit agencies, assisted-living facilities, and residential care.
Physiotherapists usually work together with other healthcare professionals to offer you the best treatment services. A doctor may recommend physiotherapy services following a stroke, heart attack, an operation (such as hip replacement), car accident, or an injury.
Physiotherapy treatments may include the following:
– Wound and skin care
– Cold and hot packs and modalities to reduce swelling, relieve pain, accelerate the process of healing, and to improve function and movement.
– Joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce stiffness and pain
– Specific treatment plan for coping with the recovery from a motor vehicle accident
– Personalised exercise programs for improving strength, function, and range of motion
– Work and occupational retraining and return to work planning
– Functional activity and tolerance training and testing
– Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education
– Airway clearance methods for assisting those with breathing difficulties
– Environmental change, focusing on the removal of barriers to function
– Prescription, fabrication, and application of adaptive, assistive, protective, and supportive equipment and devices
Whenever possible, the physiotherapist uses the most updated and modern techniques to suit your unique needs and injury. Here are some of the common physiotherapy techniques:
– Exercise prescription for improving range of motion and strength
– Manual manipulation: soft tissues and joints are manipulated to relax the body with spasms, drain fluid from the body, and improve circulation.
– Acupuncture: Needles are used for stimulating the nervous system and working to dull pain, boost the immune system, relax muscles, and regulate various body functions.
– Electrical nerve stimulation: Using small electrical currents to stimulate muscles helps promote suppression and blocking of pain signals to the central nervous systems.