The importance of physiotherapy – part 2

In our last article on physiotherapy we looked at its history and took a general view of the conditions it can help with.  In this article we’re going into a little more detail.

To remind ourselves, physiotherapy can help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.  It takes a holistic approach, that involves the patient directly in their own care.

What do physiotherapists do, exactly?

Having covered last time what it is, let’s look at what a physiotherapist actually does.  Essentially, they are very highly trained specialists who use a variety of techniques including:

  • exercise and movement.  Usually after a thorough examination of the reason physiotherapy is being sought in the first place, and taking into account the person’s current health, mobility, and level of fitness
  • manual therapy.  This can aid recovery and reduce pain and stiffness, and encourage blood flow to injured parts of the body
  • aquatic therapy (hydrotherapy).  In some cases therapy carried out in water can be very beneficial
  • other techniques.  These might include heat and cold treatments, or perhaps acupuncture

The physiotherapist will look at each individual’s specific circumstances, and will develop with the patient a realistic and achievable programme of ongoing care and treatment that usually involves an element of self-help.  For example, when treating back pain (unfortunately a very common condition) the physiotherapist will recommend good posture and core stability exercises.  Pilates can help enormously with back pain too.

Although physiotherapists tend to specialise in treating musculoskeletal problems, they can help in many other areas too including:

  • recovery from intensive care
  • mental health problems
  • some neurological conditions (e.g. recovering from strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s)
  • breathing and respiratory problems (e.g. asthma, cystic fibrosis)
  • trauma
  • orthopaedics
  • paediatrics
  • education and general health promotion

Here’s an interesting link to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy which you might find interesting.

Self-help

Whether you are seeking physiotherapy or not, there are some things that everyone should do to keep healthy and fit:

  • exercising regularly
  • eating and drinking a healthy diet
  • maintaining a healthy weight (not too extreme either way)
  • lifting and handling objects safely

In summary

The Little Venice Pilates approach has four main pillars:

  • rehabilitation
  • recovery
  • rest
  • training

We’ve found over many years, and after successfully helping numerous patients, just how effective this approach can be.  And when we use physiotherapy in conjunction with other techniques such as osteopathy, pilates, and massages, the results can be extraordinarily beneficial.

Click here to learn more about how our Clinic can help and what our physiotherapists can treat.  You’ll be in very safe hands!

Next time

We’ll begin a series of articles on another key type of treatment – osteopathy: what it is, how it works, and why it helps.

If you would like more general information on who we are and what we do, please click the link below:

London Physiotherapy Clinic