The human body is an amazing machine, but like any machine, its parts are susceptible to wear-and-tear. Over time, many of us will experience mobility issues and pain resulting from injury, aging, disease, and other health concerns.
Physiotherapy gets people moving again with a wide range of techniques, including targeted exercises, manual therapy and joint mobilization/manipulation. Using in-depth knowledge of the body and hands-on clinical skills, physiotherapists are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of physical problems.
What conditions can physiotherapy treat?
A long list of health issues can be treated with physiotherapy, including:
- Injuries: Whether you sustained a sprain at last night’s soccer game or suffer lingering pain from a car accident 10 years ago, physiotherapy can help with both pain management and mobility.
- Arthritis: Physiotherapists help people with this chronic condition manage their symptoms with exercise, improved body mechanics, and other strategies.
- TMJ Disorders: Those with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can benefit from exercises to strengthen the jaw muscles and improve range of motion, mobilization techniques to stretch the joints and to loosen the tight tissues affecting the joint, and training in correct jaw alignment.
- Neurological disorders: Physiotherapy can improve the communication pathways in the brain and spinal cord that have been damaged by stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions through strengthening and balance exercises.
- Pelvic floor dysfunction: Injuries sustained as a result of pregnancy or childbirth can benefit from physiotherapy.
- Headaches: Physiotherapists help patients improve their posture and reduce muscle tension in order to avoid headaches.
Physiotherapy for rehabilitation
Working with doctors, nurses, and other health-care professionals, physiotherapists can help people recover from surgery, illness and chronic disease, childbirth, and injury. A wide range of treatment modalities help patients regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion, as well as physical coordination.
Drug-free pain management
Whether you’re suffering from aches and pains related to inactivity or a chronic disease like arthritis, physiotherapy offers a drug-free strategy for pain management. While pain medications can offer the short-term relief, they don’t address the underlying causes of pain and can come with health risks.
Treatments can loosen tight ligaments and muscles, and build strength in weak areas. In addition to boosting athletic performance, sports physiotherapy can help athletes recover after sustaining an injury during training or competition.
Maintaining functional fitness
As we age, we are prone to losing muscle mass and strength during periods of illness or injury. Physiotherapists help seniors stay active after suffering a health issue, allowing them to maintain their physical ability and quality of life.
To learn more about what physiotherapy can do for you, chat with a Summit physiotherapist. New clients are always welcome and a doctor’s referral isn’t needed.