Treatment for injuries will depend on various factors such as how severe they seem or the body part affected. Physiotherapy is one of the general treatments that may help some people to recover from long-term injury. This specialist treatment can include various techniques such as massage, exercises, and manipulations to strengthen the surrounding muscles, improve the range of motion, and enable the injured area to regain its normal functioning.
This post explores how physiotherapists help with injuries especially in strengthening the affected body part and reducing chances of a recurring injury.
When is physiotherapy necessary?
This treatment can help to restore function and movement of an injured person, and to reduce the risk of injury recurring in future. It works well in a holistic approach that involves the affected person in his or her care.
People of all ages can benefit from this treatment as a solution to a wide range of injuries such running injuries, which often affect the knees, feet, and legs, and other sports injuries, which can affect joints, bones, soft tissues. Therefore, physiotherapy can help individuals to improve their physical activity while preventing further injuries.
How physiotherapists help their patient
Physiotherapists are regulated and specially trained practitioners to provide physiotherapy. In many cases, they work as part of multi-disciplinary teams in several medicine settings such as clinics and community health centres, hospitals, and in some clubs, sports teams, workplaces, and charities. Besides, some of the give home visits to their clients.
Physiotherapists not only focus on the specific injured but also consider the body as a whole. Depending on the patient’s problems, they can employ various preventive and treatment approaches to treat the injured. Here are the main techniques and approaches that they may use:
Education and advice
Since they look at the body as a whole, it is common for them to give general advice to a patient about ways that can improve his wellbeing. This may include educating him how maintaining a healthy weight for his height and build, and taking regular exercise are an essential part of treatment.
Movement and exercise
Movement and exercise can significantly improve patient’s mobility and function. They recommend several activities such as exercises that involve moving specific parts of the body or the whole body, aquatic or hydrotherapy as well as providing mobility aids.
This technique implies the use of hands to massage, mobilize and manipulate the patient’s body tissues. It is very effective in relieving stiffness and pain, improving blood circulation, helping fluid drain faster from the injured parts, improve the movement of these parts and promote relaxation.