Physiotherapists use a holistic approach to treatment that takes into account the general health of the whole body and involves the patient in their own care. A wide range of treatments designed to rehabilitate and strengthen the body are included under the umbrella of physiotherapy, but they can be divided into three basic types of treatment:
1.Movement and Exercise Therapies
These therapeutic exercises are designed to strengthen the affected areas of the body leading to improved mobility.
Repeated regularly (often daily) for a specific number of weeks, these exercises are commonly used during recovery from sports injuries and may be recommended alongside gentle exercises, such as walking and swimming. These therapies are particularly beneficial for those suffering from mobility conditions brought on by injury or stroke.
Circuit class therapy is one example of an effective treatment option that can help to improve their ability to walk faster over longer distances as well as improving their balance. In fact, these therapies can be used to help prevent or manage over 20 different health conditions while reducing the risk of major health concerns such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.
2.Manual Therapy Techniques
These hands-on treatments involve the careful manipulation of the joints and soft tissue in order to improve mobility and relieve pain.
These techniques are suitable for most patients and are an effective treatment option for improving blood circulation, improving the drainage of fluids from the body, reduce the symptoms of cancer, reduce the side effects of cancer treatment, and increase the range of movement of different parts of the body. Studies have shown that they may also be an effective way to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as long-term back pain.
A form of physio performed in the water, aquatic therapy involves a special hydrotherapy pool or a pool similar to a child’s wade pool filled with warm water. This form of therapy is common for children and adults who have learning disabilities, aquatic therapy can help improve blood circulation, relieve tense and sore muscles, and improve mobility by allowing for exercises that may not be possible on dry land.
The resistance of the water also provides an excellent bonus of improving muscle strength, balance, and co-ordination making it a great option for elderly patients seeking to improve their mobility and range of motion without injury their joints.
If you want to increase your range of motion, reduce your pain, or encourage better blood circulation to help your muscles heal, contact a physiotherapist today for a consultation.