Every year in May, National Physiotherapy Month is observed. May, as the first month of summer, is always a good time to begin physical activities and workouts. Physical therapy is used to cure illnesses, pains, and other chronic physical issues that cannot be treated with medication.
This month is dedicated to the doctors and professionals who provide physiotherapy services. It also recognizes their significance to people. It also allows physiotherapists to network with one another and learns from one another.
What is physiotherapy, exactly?
Physiotherapy, often known as physical therapy, is a type of healthcare that takes a comprehensive approach to treatment. Experienced physiotherapists examine the mechanics of your entire body, including joint movement, strength, flexibility, and overall well-being, using their expertise in the human body.
Physiotherapists provide tailored treatment regimens based on your medical history, injury, and lifestyle following a physical assessment. A home exercise regimen is frequently included in your treatment plan to ensure that you do functional exercises that will aid you in specific work responsibilities, sports, or daily activities.
What therapies are implemented by them?
You may maintain your body’s movement and overall joint health by doing a variety of different exercise motions. These activities range from active exercise, in which you work to complete a task, to passive exercise, in which a physiotherapist initiates the task in your body.
In a physical therapy treatment session, you might be exposed to the following types of exercise:
Resistance training: It is often known as strength training, and aims to stimulate muscle cells and improve mobility. Resistance training can be performed with a weight machine, free weights, or calisthenics.
Suspension therapy forces the body to use its own weight and gravity to improve exercise and joint health by suspending it from the ceiling.
Relaxation therapy: Any type of therapy that emphasizes quiet and relaxation as a means of healing the body and reducing stress.
Gait training: For those who have been incapacitated by an injury, gait training can help them rebuild their leg muscles and increase mobility by using repeated motion exercises to retrain their bodies on how to walk.
Posture correction: Stretching and weight training can help you improve your overall posture, which can help you move more freely and reduce back pain.
Joint mobilization: It is a passive exercise in which the physiotherapist manipulates the joints manually to improve mobility and/or circulation.
What role do physiotherapists play?
The physiotherapist will study the material and confer a diagnosis based on their significant knowledge, experience, and research after conducting a thorough evaluation and analysis of the information presented by the patient.
A qualified therapist will subsequently spend time explaining his or her findings as well as the planned treatment plan to the patient. Treatment is based on empirical research and best practice, but therapists have access to a vast array of treatment strategies that can be used for a variety of ailments.
Physiotherapists will employ a mix of techniques, including:
- Techniques of manual therapy (hands-on techniques such as mobilizations, manipulations, stretching, mobilization with movement or McKenzie techniques and many more)
- Electrotherapeutic methods (ultrasound, TENS, IFC, etc.)
- Techniques of neuro facilitation
Hospitals, private clinics, schools, policy-making groups, and municipal health networks all employ physiotherapists. It is a crucial component of people’s ability to regain their best health and well-being.
What are the benefits of physiotherapy?
As you may know, a physiotherapist can help you achieve pain-free movement, which is vital for being able to participate in your favorite physical activities, preventing chronic diseases, and having a wonderful time. With the help of physiotherapists, you can heal quickly from a wide range of ailments.
Furthermore, while surgery and medicines may be the best course of treatment for certain disorders, physiotherapy might be equally successful in some cases.
Don’t be afraid to seek help.
Physiotherapists work in a variety of settings within the hospital. Physiotherapy is also more than just sitting in a bed and moving your arms and legs around; there are other aspects to the treatment. An example, assisting someone after a stroke or amputation.
Physiotherapists treat a wide range of ailments and work in a variety of settings. When it comes to getting the appropriate treatment at the right time, timing is everything, so don’t wait to seek help if you have a nagging injury.
We are now seeing the benefits of these efforts, and we are encouraged to see businesses cautiously restarting in our province and country. We’re also taking steps now to prepare for the day when we can begin welcoming patients back into our clinic.