Physiotherapists, or physical therapists, treat many different types of diseases, deformities and injuries through the use of a high number of research-backed techniques, which typically include treatments like massage, electrotherapy, kinesiology, heat treatment, manual therapy and exercise therapy. But what are some signs that you should visit a physiotherapy clinic? And what are some common problems that a physiotherapist can help you fix?
While it's a relatively mild problem, incorrect posture is at an all-time high in both the young and old and can seriously harm your self-image, other's opinions of you and even your health. The reason for this problem is generally simple—not enough exercise and too much time spent sedentary, whether hard at work, relaxing at home or oversleeping. But what can you do once the damage is done and the habits feel like they're carved in stone? Physiotherapists offer many treatments for this common ailment, including massage, correct posture guidance and assessment, education and recommending exercises to do at home or while you're sitting at work.
Miscellaneous Chronic Pain
Too often people find themselves with pain without reason, answer or explanation. What can you do when the multiple doctors you've seen do nothing more than offer strong medications, your family claims you never leave your home and your chiropractor's plan doesn't seem to be going anywhere? Visiting a physiotherapist when you're struggling with chronic pain can be a life-saving decision. Because of physiotherapists' vast knowledge of human musculoskeletal systems, hands-on approach and inability to prescribe strong medications, they have no option but to offer a treatment experience unique from all others.
Just like with the miscellaneous chronic pain that was discussed above, it isn't uncommon for doctors to prescribe medications for incontinence and ask questions later. Unlike medications, physiotherapy is, by its nature, a low-risk solution. Physiotherapists can typically treat urinary problems like these through the retraining of the bladder and/or pelvic floor muscle strengthening through the use of techniques such as manual therapy, exercise therapy and education.
If you have bursitis and are procrastinating treatment, you will likely come to seriously regret it. Untreated bursitis, or an inflamed bursa (usually in shoulder joints), can lead to calcification of the joint, which will just make it more painful, harm your range of motion even further and lead to longer treatment schedules. Simple, non-invasive procedures, often including mild electrotherapy, are available at your local physiotherapist clinic.