Physiotherapy aims to restore movement and function in the body, using techniques such as exercise, massage and education on issues such as posture or lifting technique. Although it is often used after an injury, there are, in fact, many other conditions that can benefit from its use.
Arthritis refers to pain, stiffness or swelling in the joints. There are many different types, and there can be many different causes. A physiotherapist can help with arthritis because they understand how the joints work and the various problems that can occur. They will be able to help you manage the pain by using techniques such as heat or ice packs, splinting of joints during painful episodes or electrical nerve stimulation. They may also use massage to relax the muscles to make movement easier, and may also recommend a graded programme of exercise to improve the condition.
The uncontrolled passing of urine can be an embarrassing problem, but it is also a very common one. Urine may leak either as a result of pressure on the bladder, such as when sneezing or coughing, or may happen suddenly along with the urge to pass urine. Many people find they have problems with both types of incontinence. Although it becomes more common with age, there are things that can be done to help. A physiotherapist will be able to teach a series of pelvic floor exercises, which can be very helpful in treating the condition, and ensure that you can carry on with your normal life without embarrassment.
Parkinson's is a neurological condition in which the brain function becomes increasingly impaired, making it more and more difficult to control the body. Physiotherapy plays a vital role in managing Parkinson's. In the early days, the emphasis will be on keeping fit, moving and minimising the impact that the condition has on your life. As the condition progresses, the physiotherapist will help you solve problems and develop strategies to cope with the condition, and offer advice on specific problems you may have, such as how to overcome problems with walking and how to prevent falls. The emphasis will be on keeping you fit, healthy, safe and as mobile as possible.
If you think that physiotherapy may be able to help with your condition, just discuss your options with your doctor, or contact a therapist direct, and take the first step towards a more comfortable life.Share