What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the treatment of injuries/conditions affecting bones, muscles, ligaments or tendons. Physiotherapists not only treat sports people but also day to day injuries. Our physiotherapy services help mothers and fathers who work in an office, sitting in front of a computer all day. As much as Physical workers suffering from pain due to repetitive lifting. Teenagers presenting with lower back pain and neck pain are also receive treatment for pain relief . This is definitely due to poor posture from laptops, tablets, phones etc.
Physios are skilled at diagnosing a problem and treating it. So if you are unsure if the pain is starting in the bone, muscle, tendon or ligament, a Physio will be able to tell you. There are specific tests and questions that Physios will ask to assess your pain. The physiotherapist will then treat using specific techniques. Hence, reducing pain and improving the quality of your life. Once the pain is under control, it is lot easier to get back to normal activities. Physios also educate and show exercises for long term maintenance.
What happens in a Physiotherapy session?
Our Physiotherapist will ask you various questions, followed by special tests. This is to know exactly where the pain is coming from. They will check various movements. Once, a diagnosis is made, the therapist will tell you the exact methods to get rid of your pain. You will get a plan of action detailing a step by step process of recovery. It is very important to follow the plan and be consistent to feel a 100%.
The final step in the session is treatment! The Physio will treat you using different techniques.
The Physiotherapist will use one of the following treatment techniques:
Joint mobilizations means literally movement in the joint. The Physiotherapists apply varying degrees of pressure to joints to improve the range. The movement helps to increase the blood flow through the area. Hence, reducing pain and stiffness. It also breaks down the scar tissue if any. Because of the knowledge of joint anatomy, physiotherapists are able to do small movements in joints to have a big effect . Manual therapy is a highly effective treatment method that can provide pain relief. It also helps in improving joint range of movement and function.
Soft tissue massage
Our Physiotherapists use various techniques to reduce muscle tightness. Deep tissue massage and Trigger point therapy are common techniques used by to relax the muscles. This improves flexibility and reduces tension. There is also increased circulation and pain relief.
Home exercises for Strengthening
You will get a home exercise program to strengthen the muscles. However, this may not occur on the first day. But as your recover, exercises will certainly be added. It is important to continue exercising for long term results. Once you are fit enough, your Physiotherapist will refer you to our Exercise Physiologist to do pool or gym exercises