Movement plays an important role in people’s lives. Physiotherapists assist people with movement disorders which may have been present from birth (such as cerebral palsy), acquired through accident or injury (such as motor vehicle accident or sporting injuries), or the result of life-changing major events (such as osteoarthritis or just plain wear and tear).
Physiotherapists can help solve and avoid many of the painful problems that you may encounter throughout life. Whether you’re young or old, active or taking it easy, there’s a good chance you could benefit from physiotherapy at some point. This magazine explains some of the things that physiotherapists do and how physiotherapy can help you.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness. Physiotherapists also have an important role in rehabilitation, for example, helping people who have had strokes to relearn basic movements. However, physiotherapists don’t just offer treatment; their advice can help you prevent problems from returning or even from happening in the first place.
- Spinal Care
- Sports Injuries
- Acute Injury and Chronic Pain
- Manual Therapy
- Strengthening Programs
- Core Stability Programs
- Home Exercise Programs
- Posture Assessment
- Postural Rehabilitation
- Education to Self Treat
- Pelvic Floor Exercises
- Performance Enhancement for Sport
Throughout the treatment or re-training program, the physio evaluates your progress at regular intervals, modifying treatment and goals when necessary. Wherever possible your physio will also work with you to help you learn to manage your condition independently for the longer term.
Physiotherapy deals with movement at all stages of life.