What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a form of physical rehabilitation and injury prevention. People can benefit from Physiotherapy at any age. It helps restore mobility and function in your body whether you are dealing with chronic pain, recovering from surgery, or if you are affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists aim to restore your health and well-being using movement, manual therapy, exercises, education, and by getting you involved with your own recovery.
Physiotherapists study the science of movement. They pinpoint the root cause(s) of an injury and from there, they devise a treatment plan that will help restore your everyday function.
Some examples of what Physiotherapy can help with are:
- Neck and back pain caused by problems in the muscles and skeleton
- Problems in the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments
- Preparing and/or recovering from sporting events
- Lung problems such as asthma
- Disability as a result of heart problems
- Pelvic issues, such as bladder and bowel problems related to childbirth
- Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
- Fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of muscle strength
What to expect when visiting a Physiotherapists
You can expect that your appointment with a Physiotherapist will be all about you and your particular needs. Each patient’s experience may vary for that reason. In general, when you visit a Physiotherapist they will learn about your medical history. From there, they will assess and diagnose your condition, then establish a treatment plan and set goals for your recovery. The Physiotherapist then prescribes any exercises or assistive devices needed to work towards your goal.