What can Physiotherapy do for me?
Physiotherapy (sometimes referred to as Physical Therapy) is a well known Health Care Profession that is used for the rehabilitation and treatment of various conditions, injuries and illnesses. It focuses heavily on movement and mobility and is the sort of therapy that can give the patient a certain level of control over their treatment and recovery.
A Physiotherapist (or Physical Therapist) can work as part of a multidisciplinary team that can include the NHS, Hospitals, Community Organisations, Workplaces, Sports Centres/Clubs and Charities, incorporating education, advice and the hands-on application of certain exercises and techniques into their treatment.
What can a Physiotherapist help with?
You may be referred to a Physiotherapist by your GP or Health Care Provider for a number of reasons connected with musculoskeletal (bones, joints and soft tissues), neuromuscular (central nervous system and brain), cardiovascular (heart and blood circulation) or respiratory conditions (breathing and lung conditions). Any kind of Physiotherapy aims to rehabilitate or restore the body’s normal functions and will take into account the body as a whole, usually treating or improving any secondary problems in the process.
Treatment will typically involve therapeutic exercises that aim to restore strength to certain areas, and mobilisation of the joints and soft tissues, sometimes using massage, to improve blood flow, drain excess fluid and relieve pain. However, in some cases, a Physiotherapist will also use TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), Acupuncture, Ultrasound Therapy, Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Therapy) and hot and cold treatments alongside these techniques.
How can I find a Physiotherapist and what can I expect?
Physiotherapy is available through the NHS and in some cases Self-Referral through your Doctor’s surgery may also be available although, people often seek out Physical Therapy privately.
Your Physiotherapist may make recommendations to improve your overall wellbeing by making certain lifestyle changes, this advice will be based on your current condition and ways that may improve and prevent further issues arising. There is much evidence to support Physiotherapy as a valuable and worthwhile treatment for the improvement of disabilities as well as injuries and studies have shown that this kind of Physical Therapy and activity can help with the rehabilitation and recovery of over 20 different health conditions.
You should check your Physiotherapist is registered with a Professional Body, such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), particularly if you are seeking private treatment.
Nowadays, more and more people are choosing to opt for Complimentary Therapies, such as Physiotherapy, as a long term treatment for certain conditions. It is a natural and effective way to ease pain and improve difficulties and can prove more beneficial than medication in the rehabilitation process.
The real benefit of Physiotherapy for any kind of ailment is that it allows the patient to take some control over their symptoms and situation; basic exercises and techniques that your Physiotherapist suggests can be continued at home between sessions and, as experts in their field, the advice and support that they offer can be invaluable.