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Human health is one of the most precious blessings nature has bestowed us with. People sometimes suffer from declining health due to their negligence or some other causes. Medical science helps us recover in such cases. One famous and effective treatment for patients suffering from immobility or various joints and muscles pains is physiotherapy or physical therapy.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient's mobility, function, and well-being. According to the World Physiotherapy, this treatment is defined as a health care profession that deals with human body functionality and movement. It maximizes and improves the mobility potential.

Physiotherapists assess patients' needs and then design an exercise program to help them work on their problem areas. They also provide advice about physical activity suitable for the patient's condition.

Most people, especially those with a severe injury or chronic condition, need physiotherapy and among the most important benefits of this therapy is that you can help manage pain and care for your body.

What conditions does a physiotherapist treat?

Physiotherapy can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendonitis
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of joints)
  • Painful neck and back
  • Lungs or respiratory problems, for example, asthma
  • Immobility or disability due to injuries or heart problems
  • Pelvic problems that include bowel and bladder control loss due to childbirth
  • Affected or lost mobility due to brain or spine injuries
  • Immobility caused due to Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
  • Painful muscular conditions
  • After effects of amputation

What is the history of physiotherapy?

According to medieval philosophy, there is evidence to suggest that early physicians, such as Hippocrates and Galen, may have been the first practitioners of physical therapy. They applied a variety of techniques, including massage, ice bath treatment, deep breathing exercises, and diet for healing injuries in a time when there was no effective medical care.

When do you need to see a physiotherapist?

If you feel that your daily functioning is getting affected due to any injury, chronic pain, or any other physical condition, you need to consult a physiotherapist. In addition, if you have recently got a surgery done, such as a joint replacement, hip replacement, or even heart surgery or a stroke, your doctor may refer you to a physiotherapist for rehabilitation.

How effective is physiotherapy?

Physical therapy has been proved to be very effective for chronic pain patients and those who want to recover from various musculoskeletal conditions. In addition to normal physiotherapy interventions such as exercise and massage, specific techniques such as acupuncture have been shown to be effective at alleviating neck, back, and other muscular or joint pains.

Studies have also shown that physiotherapy has worked effectively for conditions other than musculoskeletal problems, such as asthma, to improve the quality of life. It is also effective for the improvement of cardiopulmonary fitness. Physiotherapy also works for reducing symptoms and helps avoid excessive use of medication.

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