Why Physiotherapy is Important

People suffer aches and pains for all sorts of reasons. It may be due to an accident or illness, can occur after an operation or simply be the result of a poor posture or general bad habits. The result can be that people’s quality of life suffers due to an inability to move freely, chronic pain and a failure to be able to live normally.

Physiotherapy is often the best answer because it provides a drug-free solution to many of the physical and subsequent problems that people face. Rather than being one of the modern fads that are around these days, physiotherapy is a practice that started at the time of Hippocrates when massages were used to cure pain. Since then, it’s moved on with plenty of cutting edge techniques that can deal with all sorts of problems.

What Physiotherapy Is

Physiotherapy is an established and well-respected part of the medical profession that restores and maintains movement and functionality in patients. It does this through a variety of techniques that include massage, exercise, advice and the provision of aids to help with mobility and functionality.

Physiotherapists are well qualified, fully accredited and use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to provide the best possible service to their patients. They help people of all ages to remain independent, mobile and free of pain through specific treatments that focus on particular conditions. They can, in short, make a real difference to people’s lives, helping them to recover from serious conditions or overcome many major problems.

Physiotherapy is widely available in all areas of health care, including hospitals, clinics, schools, sports clubs, care facilities and private practices. It is a vital and integral part of mainstream medicine and provides a range of treatments from therapeutic exercise to ultrasound and acupuncture.
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How Physiotherapy Helps Patients

Since physiotherapy is a treatment that focuses on particular injuries and illnesses, dealing with each one differently, the first step in the healing process is to thoroughly assess each patient. That involves discussing what is wrong, looking at medical records, conducting tests, assessing the person’s condition and capabilities, and doing whatever is necessary to achieve the outcome that the patient needs.

The result will be a diagnosis and a detailed treatment plan that will be tailored specifically to the patient’s individual needs in order to obtain the best possible outcome. This will take into account not only the patient’s physical condition but will also look at their social, emotional and psychological well-being.

Treatment is always a partnership between the physiotherapist and the patient because it depends on the former diagnosing correctly and recommending the appropriate treatment, and the latter carrying out the exercises and other treatments thoroughly and conscientiously. That means there’s a constant dialogue between the two so that progress can be assessed and treatment adjusted if necessary to make it more effective.

Co-operation is particularly important because the aim of physiotherapy is not simply to cure a current ailment and restore a patient to a former condition. Additionally, the intention is to educate the patient so that they adopt better habits, enjoy improved health in the long-term and avoid injury and ill-health in the future.

The Benefits of Physiotherapy

Many patients who approach or are referred to a physiotherapist are suffering from pain or discomfort. A course of treatment will, in most cases, relieve or eradicate completely that pain and, if continued, prevent a reoccurrence.

Physiotherapy does, however, have many more outcomes and benefits that include:

  • helping to manage various medical conditions such as heart and lung disease, diabetes and vascular conditions through targeted exercises that improve breathing and control blood sugar levels, as well as advice on health care
  • recovery from strokes and injuries through strengthening exercises that improve weaknesses and prevent further occurrences
  • improving balance by better co-ordination and reduced dizziness so that falls are prevented
  • increasing mobility through stretching and strengthening exercises as well as the provision of correct supportive devices
  • avoiding surgery by encouraging the healing process; if surgery cannot be avoided, the patient will be stronger and recover more quickly if physiotherapy treatment is undertaken prior to the operation
  • managing age-related conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

Physiotherapy enables patients to restore a quality of life that has been taken away or to gain one that has so far never been possible. It assists people to achieve things that have appeared unattainable and puts them in control of their bodies and their lives. They can go beyond previous physical limitations and operate in a manner that was previously out of reach.

Achieving the Best Outcomes from Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is often seen as a rehabilitation treatment and, as such, it is extremely effective in helping people recover from sometimes serious injuries and illnesses. It is also usually the preferred treatment for relief of pain, particularly in the back, neck and joints, as well as the management of conditions such as strokes, arthritis, diabetes, respiratory problems and injuries to the brain and spinal cord.

As well as pain relief, one of the main aims of physiotherapy is to restore physical function after injury, illness or surgery. This enables people to live independently with full mobility when this would otherwise not be possible.

Success is achieved through targeted treatment that is monitored and adjusted to arrive at the best possible outcome. The treatment is combined with an educational element that teaches patients how to live better and avoid future injuries and other problems. Physiotherapy is therefore a long-term exercise that not only treats and remedies present conditions but also ensures a better quality of life in the future.

If you’re suffering from pain, have mobility or other problems, or want to improve the quality of your life, contact Anzac Parade for help. Our aim is to get our patients back to full health and activity as quickly as possible and we work strenuously to achieve that aim. Get in touch with us today to see the benefits we can provide.
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