What Conditions Can Physiotherapy Treat?
Physiotherapy is multi-dimensional and can treat a vast variety of conditions. It focuses primarily on the restoration and rehabilitation of the circulatory and musculo-skeletal systems but can also be used to treat a diversity of conditions from sports injuries, arthritis and respiratory problems.
Muscular aches: Physiotherapy can ease stiffness, reduce pain and encourage blood flow to the muscles. Massage therapy can also be used to reduce tension around aching muscles.
Sports injuries: Aches and pains are common following a frantic and physically demanding period of exertion. Often sports players have physiotherapy to ease aches as well as increase flexibility and ease stiffness. If an injury has occurred physiotherapy can facilitate the healing and rehabilitation process.
Arthritis: as people get older they are more likely to develop arthritis which affects the joints and can reduce mobility. Physiotherapy helps to ease stiffness in the joints and to increase blood flow to the muscles and enhance the range of physical movement. Physiotherapy can also help to build strength. The exercises are often gentler for older people who are usually more fragile.
Respiratory problems: cystic fibrosis, which is a condition that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system can be helped by physiotherapy. Often physiotherapists can perform exercises which help to clear the chest and ease breathing. Physiotherapy can also ease and control pain and improve posture which will usually make it easier to breathe. Patients suffering from other conditions including pneumonia, asthma and lung cancer may also benefit from physiotherapy.
Motor Vehicle Accidents: In cases where an individual has experienced a serious accident such as a car crash it may be necessary to learn how to walk, sit up and turn over again which will require a long period of intensive physiotherapy; this rehabilitation may include all aspects of treatment in order to facilitate the healing process and control pain.