When Physiotherapy is Needed and How it Can Help You

You might be wondering why you should even consider seeing a physiotherapist.  After all, doesn’t everyone go to see a doctor when they have a physical ailment?  It may be true in most cases but if you have an injury that prevents you from exercising, or if you have a condition that keeps you from doing activities you used to enjoy, seeing a physiotherapist can be a great help.  An experienced physiotherapist can help you regain your mobility, correct common movement patterns, and relieve pain. Ready to see what a physiotherapist can do for you? Continue reading!

 

Let’s Start By Answering: What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that aims to help people with pain and stiffness related to movement. It focuses on the muscles and joints, rather than the area affected by injury. Physiotherapy is usually provided by a registered physiotherapist, who has a Master’s or Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. The therapist uses a variety of treatments, including exercises, manual therapy, and manual electrotherapy. They may also use specialized equipment, such as the Active Isolated Stretching and Soreness machine. Physiotherapy focuses on treating the whole person, including body mechanics and the person’s goals and medical conditions. A person can receive physiotherapy for pain caused by conditions such as arthritis, back pain, multiple sclerosis, and more.

 

Types of Physiotherapy

  • Active Isolated Stretching - Stretching exercises that your body does on its own, without assistance.
  • Manual Therapy - Activities that your therapist uses to help you move better.
  • Manual Electrotherapy - Treating your pain or injury with ultrasound or electromagnetic pulses.

 

How Does Physiotherapy Help?

Physiotherapy addresses the underlying causes of pain and discomfort through a variety of treatments. These might include helping you modify your normal movements, ease your pain, and strengthen your muscles. Physiotherapists may use a variety of approaches, including: 

  1. Manual Therapy - Activities that your therapist uses to help you move better.
  2. Manual Electrotherapy - Treating your pain or injury with ultrasound or electromagnetic pulses.

 

Is Physiotherapy the Right Choice for You?

Physiotherapy may be right for you if you have persistent pain, particularly in your muscles and joints. A physiotherapist will evaluate your condition and recommend a course of treatment based on your needs. They will consider factors such as your age, gender, and medical history. Physiotherapy can be provided individually or as part-of-a-care program, such as a rehabilitation program. A physiotherapist can help you manage your pain and return to daily activities as quickly and safely as possible. If you think physiotherapy would be helpful for you, ask your doctor to refer you to a physiotherapist.

 

Wrap Up

There are a wide variety of reasons  why you could be suffering in pain, but fortunately Alberta PT can help you find out the cause of your discomfort.  Additionally, we will also provide personalized prevention plans so that you don't suffer from future injuries. Give us a call today!

 

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