- The list of benefits is many when it comes to physiotherapy. When patients commit to their rehabilitation both at the clinic and home, they will notice a great difference. Things like the way a patient may walk, their strength and severity of pain will all improve.
- Muscle flexibility and joint motion will be improved, patients will have more endurance, function better on a day to day activities and enjoy a more peaceful unbroken sleep as they are not woken with pain.
- For those who enjoy playing regular sport they will find they can return to the game a lot sooner and others on medication or painkillers will find they are able to reduce their intake as their condition improves.
- With a better quality of life in the physical sense comes a better quality of life in the mental and emotional sense, as you begin to suffer painless and less and be able to enjoy life more; without physical constrictions, you will feel happier and more positive.
Physiotherapy (also Physical Therapy as referred to by the WCPT) is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential. It is concerned with identifying and maximising the quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation.
It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status. It is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery. The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.
The young and old can benefit greatly from physiotherapy; from infants to geriatrics, all problems such as neurological, cardiopulmonary, orthopaedic and cardiac issues can be treated. Joint disorders, fractures, sports injuries, arthritis, neck and back complaints as well as post-operative conditions such as amputation can all benefit.
Physiotherapy is more than just a remedy for injuries; it can also provide an invaluable treatment and assistance to young children who suffer from cerebral palsy as well as those who have suffered strokes, multiple sclerosis and even Parkinson’s disease.
A physiotherapist will work with a patient on improving mobility, strength, endurance, range of motion and joint mobilisation. The therapeutic exercises will greatly reduce stiffness and relieve pain. Patients may also be given exercises to carry out at home to improve strength and flexibility.