Physiotherapy helps people who have medical conditions, ailments, or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function in their daily life. A personalized physical therapy program can help people return to their prior level of functioning and encourage activities and lifestyle changes that improve overall health and well being. Here are few ways physiotherapy may help you:
- Physiotherapy helps reduce or eliminate pain. Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilization or treatments such as taping or electrical stimulation can help relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function to alleviate pain.
- Physiotherapy helps avoid surgery. If physical therapy can help you eliminate pain or heal from an injury, surgery may not be needed.
- Physiotherapy helps manage age-related issues. For instance, physical therapists are experts in helping patients manage arthritic or osteoporotic conditions conservatively.
- Physiotherapy helps people cope with heart and lung diseases. While patients may complete cardiac rehabilitation after a heart attack, they also may receive physical therapy if their daily functioning is affected.
- Physiotherapy helps people improve mobility. If the patient has trouble standing, walking, or moving, stretching and strengthening exercises help restore these abilities. Physical therapists can properly fit individuals with a cane, crutches, or any other assistive device.
- Physiotherapy helps recover from a stroke. It’s common to lose some degree of function and movement after a stroke. Physical therapy helps strengthen weakened parts of the body and improve balance.
- Physiotherapy helps recover from or prevent a sports injury. Physical therapists can design appropriate recovery or prevention exercise programs for you to ensure a safe return to your sport.
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