When Physiotherapy Is Needed
Many people associate physiotherapy with sports injuries since sports reports often describe ‘the physio’ helping sports players to overcome severe injuries. And while it’s true that physiotherapy has a very important role to play when dealing with sports injuries, it’s also a proven solution to many other types of injuries, ailments and damage to the human body.
A lot of the problems that physiotherapy can fix are a consequence of modern living. People have a more sedentary lifestyle, take insufficient exercise and often adopt a poor posture, all of which lead to aches, pains and other problems that will benefit from the attention of a physiotherapist.
For many people, the initial treatment is often to use common pain killers and ointments to relieve the symptoms and a physiotherapist only becomes involved after referral by a doctor. However, it’s far better to consult a physiotherapist early because that will resolve the problem much quicker and more effectively.
The physiotherapist’s aim is to improve the health of the patient and that can occur for various conditions and in many ways. The usual outcome is reduced pain, increased mobility and a general improvement in quality of life. But that will be achieved much quicker if you act early and don’t wait until a condition becomes much worse.
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Reasons to Consult a Physiotherapist
Our Sydney physiotherapists can help you for all sorts of reasons. Some of these are as follows.
This applies for all types of injuries, not just those incurred on a sports field. The general expectation is that injuries will gradually get better with rest, the pain will subside and mobility will improve. If left untreated, however, sometimes that just doesn’t happen and you’re left with chronic pain that hardly ever goes away. That can lead to other problems, such as interruptions to sleep and an imbalance in your body due to, for example, favouring one leg to avoid too much pain in the injured one.
A physiotherapist can help with your rehabilitation from injury by strengthening the injured area, relieving the pain and getting everything back into balance. This will speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of the same injury recurring.
- Chronic Conditions and Diseases
Suffers from conditions such as cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease will have their movements affected while those who have suffered strokes, spinal cord injuries or similar may be equally affected. Whilst a physiotherapist cannot sure these conditions, it is possible to improve a patient’s quality of life by increasing mobility and helping them to live more independently.
People are more likely to suffer from debilitating conditions as they get older, typically arthritis and respiratory problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Physiotherapy helps to increase blood flow, reduce stiffness in joints, improve posture and make breathing easier.
- Dizziness and Loss of Balance
The body’s balance system is governed by your inner ear and any disturbance or irregularities can result in dizziness and a loss of balance. Although physiotherapy cannot cure the inner ear problems, it can compensate for them by training the central nervous system by the use of various head, neck and eye exercises. Surgery may, therefore, be avoided or it can be made more effective when combined with physiotherapy.
- Reduced Flexibility
As we get older, we tend to have more stiffness and lose flexibility. To overcome this, a physiotherapist can recommend exercises that will relax muscles, strengthen supporting tissues and keep you feeling young.
- Pain When Sitting
Our bodies are not designed to keep still for long periods and so prolonged sitting at a desk or elsewhere can result in back and neck pain as well as headaches. These are caused by strain on muscles and joints, and can be alleviated by standing or stretching. A physiotherapist can advise on correct posture and the best positioning of a chair relative to a desk, and can provide exercises that will avoid pain and stiffness if undertaken regularly.
- Bladder Weakness
This is a very common condition, particularly for women and increasingly with age. Involuntary urination can occur when coughing or sneezing, or at other times without warning. Improvement can be obtained through exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
Ligaments that support the back tend to stretch during pregnancy, as do pelvic floor and stomach muscles. This leaves women prone to injury and the proper exercises and techniques, both before and after pregnancy, protect the body and help it recover faster.
- Starting a New Activity
If you’re planning to take up a new sport or indulge in some exertion you’re not used to, you are putting yourself at risk of being injured. You will be using muscles that you don’t normally use much, may well over-train or try to do too much, and the result will be pain and discomfort.
A physiotherapist can help you build up muscles and increase flexibility so you’re better able to withstand the rigours of your new sport. As a result, you’ll be less prone to injury and will avoid unnecessary pain.
- For Surgery
Physiotherapy is not only useful after surgery, to help you to recover from the procedure, but also before surgery to prepare you for the operation. Complications may develop after surgery, such as blood clots, pressure sores and muscle wasting due to enforced inactivity. A physiotherapist will help you avoid these problems through strengthening and mobility exercises, breathing exercises and advice on correct positioning.
What to Expect from Physiotherapy
Patients who undergo a course of physiotherapy treatment can expect a quicker recovery from illness, injury and surgery, increased flexibility and mobility, and reduced pain. Depending on the seriousness of the condition, improvement may not happen immediately and it may take a prolonged period of intensive physiotherapy for the full benefits to be achieved.
In the same way that regular visits to the dentist can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, a physiotherapist can also help to prevent injuries and other conditions. Make an appointment with Anzac Parade and find out how we can help you stay flexible, mobile and free from pain.
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