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 are designed for mothers and fathers who work in an office, sitting in front of a computer all day. Physical workers suffering from pain due to repetitive lifting are also our patients. There has been an alarming increase in the number of teenagers presenting with spinal issues. This is definitely due to poor posture from laptops, tablets, phones etc.
Physios are skilled at diagnosing a problem and treating it. They are capable of treating pain coming from most of our body parts. Be it bone, muscle, tendon or ligament. There are specific tests and questions that Physios do to know where the pain is coming from. Once a diagnosis made, the physiotherapist can 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 provide education and exercises to strengthen the muscles. Thus, helping in long term maintenance.
What happens in a Physiotherapy session?
The 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:
Manual therapy consists of variety of hands-on techniques. The Physiotherapists apply varying degrees of pressure to joints to improve the range. The movement helps to increase the blood flow through the area. This results in reduced 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
Physiotherapists use various techniques to have an effect on the muscles. Deep tissue massage and Trigger point therapy are the 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
Your Physiotherapist will also give you a home exercise program to strengthen the muscles. The exercises may not be given on the first day. As your recover the exercises are 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