But many people aren’t particularly sure what a physiotherapist actually does. So let’s spend a few moments outlined the typical symptoms and problems a physical therapist will deal with. You should hopefully get a clearer idea after reading the following.
How physiotherapy works
The aim of physiotherapy is to help restore movement and normal body function in cases of illness, injury and disability.
As well as treating specific problems, your physiotherapist may also suggest ways to improve your general wellbeing – for example, by taking regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight for your height and build.
Physiotherapists take a holistic approach, looking at the body as a whole rather than focusing on the individual factors of an injury or illness. The person being treated is directly involved in their own care.
For example, back pain can be caused by a number of different things, including:
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- poor posture
- inherited spinal deformity
- bending or twisting awkwardly
- standing for long periods
- lifting or carrying objects incorrectly
Arthritis can be extremely painful and very limiting and in some cases, affect the hand to such a degree that it actually deforms the natural flexibility of the hands and fingers.
Chronic arthritis is constant and someone who suffers from such a condition, has to put up with a lot of discomfort. But interestingly, physiotherapy can actually help to alleviate the pain.
Understanding how arthritis affects you
A physiotherapist can help you to understand what happens to your joints and muscles when you have arthritis. Understanding your arthritis will help you to manage its effects.
Managing your pain
Arthritis can cause pain in one particular part of the body or more widespread joint and muscle pain. Medications will help but a physiotherapist can tell you about other methods of pain relief that work alongside your medications. You’ll be able to continue with some of these treatments yourself between appointments:
- Ice packs can be used to soothe hot, swollen joints.
- Heat packs help to relax tense, tired muscles.
- Splinting of swollen or painful joints may be helpful, for example during a flare-up of rheumatoid arthritis. Your physiotherapist or an occupational therapist (OT) may provide temporary splints for you.
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) works by blocking pain messages to your brain and altering your perception of pain. A TENS machine is a small electronic device that sends pulses to your nerve endings via pads placed on your skin. This causes a tingling sensation that you may find soothing.
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So hopefully you now have a better idea of what physiotherapy can help with. If you live near Bristol, South West England, then you can always pop into The House Clinics.
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How can a Physiotherapist help me?
What happens on my first visit?
On arrival at the clinic you will be asked to register and also to complete a pain map incorporating questions about your condition. At your first visit, a full case history and examination of the painful and related areas will be performed. A diagnosis is made and the cause of the problem identified and explained to you fully. The treatment plan designed specifically for your condition will then also be discussed.
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If you're continuing to suffer from a lot of pain, then it's advisable you seek the advice of a physical therapist. They will be able to determine what the cause of the problem is and give you peace of mind.