In Physiotherapy, a Physiotherapist assesses and diagnoses problems with human movement and function before planning and administering a treatment program in order to restore function or minimise any current dysfunction that is due to injury, illness, disease, or ageing. The physiotherapist will use a combination of manual therapy, movement training, electrotherapy (ultrasound, etc.) and prescribing exercise. In cases where patients are recovering from serious injury or disability, physiotherapy is a vital treatment that can mean the difference between dependence and independence.
Physiotherapy aims to rehabilitate and improve the lives of people with movement disorders by using evidence-based, natural methods such as exercise, motivation, adapted equipment, education and advocacy.
Generally, there are three different types of physiotherapy:
- Musculoskeletal – treating issues with muscles, bones and joints. Common conditions treated under this banner include back pain, bursitis, strains, arthritis, workplace injuries and sports injuries.
- Neurological – treating nervous system disorders including head injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Also some rehabilitation after brain surgery.
- Cardiothoracic – treating disorders of the cardio-respiratory system including asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Including the covering post thoracic surgery rehabilitation.
However, it is Muskuloskeletal Physiotherapy that we are focussing on. This is the healthcare professional who you may seek assistance of if you are suffering from any of the following:
- Back and neck pain.
- Motor conditions such as cerebral palsy.
- Pregnancy-related problems, such as back or hip pain.
- Work-related issues, such as repetitive strain injury.
- Breathing difficulties such as asthma.
- Sports injuries
Physiotherapy uses a variety of tools to help regain movement and recover from injury:
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation.
- Re-educating the muscles in order to correct faulty movement.
- Exercise programs that are designed to improve mobility and strengthen muscles.
- Breathing exercises.
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