What’s the Purpose of Physiotherapy?

physiotherapy-AdelaideAlthough physiotherapy is commonly used to treat athletes and people who have had a sports-related injury, it can give total relief to all kinds of aches and pains. Physical therapy has proved to be a very effective therapy for muscle pain, muscle injuries, arthritic joints, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injuries and other respiratory conditions, such as cystic Fibrosis.

The physiotherapist will first conduct a diagnosis of the condition that needs treatment. Once the cause is identified, the physiotherapy professional can plan the therapy session. Both the patient and the therapist need to have a good rapport and understanding of each other.

Physiotherapy, together with physical exercise, can significantly reduce chronic pain and disability and improve the function of the injured body part or joints. This form of therapy is often used for individuals suffering from a life-threatening or chronic illness that causes pain daily. Examples of qualifying illnesses include cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell disease, strokes, multiple sclerosis, meningitis, orthopedic injuries, bone and joint diseases, pregnancy, gastrointestinal disorders, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.

Physiotherapy can be divided into three main categories: exercise, manipulation, and heat/cold therapy. Exercise is a key component of physiotherapy for physical injuries or conditions that restrict the range of motion and lead to chronic pain. When exercises are done regularly and consistently, the patient’s range of motion and flexibility improves, and the injured part’s mechanical function or joints improves. Heat/cold therapy includes a combination of massage, hot packs, and cool compresses to reduce inflammation and promote healing of the injured muscle tissues. These treatments may be applied pre or postoperatively and are very effective in reducing chronic pain.

The most applied physiotherapy-Adelaide techniques for injuries include ultrasound, laser therapy, and electrotherapy. An ultrasound probe is used to investigate the injured area, break up scar tissue, and trigger the nerve, muscle, and ligament re-growth. Laser therapy is used to reduce pain by stimulating targeted muscles.

The physiotherapy-Adelaide also helps patients to maintain or increase their physical strength and mobility after an injury. It may be necessary for patients to use crutches or wheelchairs after an injury to regain normal function. Manual therapy, such as stretching and strengthening exercises, aids in the correction of muscle imbalances that cause chronic pain. It also improves the strength of the patient’s muscles, tendon, and ligament, which improves their range of motion, flexibility, and overall physical strength.

Muscles and joints become weaker with age, making it more difficult for older people to move independently and comfortably. As a result, arthritis is more common among older adults. The pain from arthritis can include burning sensations, stiffness, swelling, and clicking or popping sounds. In some cases, the permanent joint deformity has occurred. Physiotherapy can help patients overcome arthritis and reduce the pains associated with it. Common problems associated with bones and joints include hip and knee replacements, damaged knees, dislocated shoulders, and sprains.

Physiotherapy can provide great help to people suffering from severe pain in their neck and back. Back pain is common after an injury or after prolonged sitting and standing. It can also occur due to poor posture or after enduring an illness or disease. Physiotherapy techniques can be utilised to improve movement, increase strength, endurance, and flexibility of back and neck muscles. It also helps patients recover faster from back injuries because it provides a safe, pain-free, low-impact alternative to traditional treatments.