Physiotherapists study the science of movement and focus on the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries that occur, either as a result of the movements that we make in our day-to-day lives or due to disease or disability.
Physiotherapy is recommended for anyone who has an injury or chronic pain that affects how they function day-to-day. This may be an ongoing health concern, or in response to something like a surgery, where physiotherapy can help you to recover more quickly. Many people think that physiotherapy only focuses on restoring muscle strength and movement, but this isn’t the case. While it is extremely effective in this way, it can also be helpful for people with a wide range of different health conditions, including:
Musculoskeletal issues. Physiotherapists are best known for their work on rehabilitating patients who have suffered from sporting injuries, or who have other issues with their musculoskeletal system. This refers to the bones, joints, and soft tissues and includes things like back and neck pain, arthritis, tennis/golfers’ elbow, torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), and more.
Heart and circulatory system. Physiotherapy is often recommended for patients recovering after a heart attack once they are medically stable. This is because regular physiotherapy sessions can help to improve your cardiovascular fitness, reduce your risk of a further heart attack and build strength in your muscles. Cardiac rehabilitation programs are also effective for weight loss, which can help to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of future cardiac events.
Brain and nervous system. Some diseases affecting the brain and central nervous system can cause movement problems. Physiotherapy can be extremely beneficial in reducing the symptoms that patients experience and improve their quality of life. Physiotherapy for Multiple Sclerosis is a perfect example. Physiotherapists work with MS patients to assess their physical difficulties and improve their movement and other body functions, such as strengthening their muscles and improving how they walk.
Breathing and lungs. Physiotherapy is also a common treatment recommended for people who have lung diseases and breathing difficulties. Physiotherapy can help patients to manage the breathlessness that is caused by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or can support people with Cystic Fibrosis in learning to clear their lungs and minimize their risk of infection.
Pelvic issues. Some people experience issues with their bladder and bowels, particularly after childbirth. For example, physiotherapy has been proven to be clinically effective in helping to strengthen patients' pelvic floor muscles, which can help them to overcome urinary incontinence.
All patients are individuals, and your physiotherapist will be able to advise you if physiotherapy techniques would help to address your health issues, minimize your symptoms and help you to enjoy a better quality of life again. In addition to helping you recover physically, they can also use their extensive training and experience to give you general advice about things that could affect your quality of life, such as your diet, your posture, or the amount of exercise you currently do. They will also be able to support you in living an active lifestyle by recommending which physical activities are most suited to your need and which, if any, should be avoided. This will help you to start moving more, which will benefit your overall health and wellbeing.
If you would like to find out more about physiotherapy, including discovering if physical therapy could help you, please call our office in Detroit MI to schedule an appointment.