If you have to resort to moving in mysterious ways just to get from A to B, checking in with a physiotherapist could be the answer to your problems. Using a combination of hands-on therapy, therapeutic exercise and electro-physical methods (e.g. ultrasound), physiotherapy can be utilised not just to help treat troublesome injuries and illnesses, but to promote a general sense of wellbeing too. Centred around movement in the body, the aim is to oil those cogs, get your body back on track and re-educate you on how to shake that booty safely.
Physiotherapists often work in hospitals as they function in almost every department, from outpatients to intensive care where round-the-clock chest care can be vital to keep someone breathing. Because hospitals often have physiotherapy gyms, hydrotherapy facilities and high tech equipment, it also makes it easier for various treatment methods to be tried out.
Normally, you will be referred to a physiotherapist by your GP but there are plenty of physiotherapists who work in the private sector, although that will mean forking out for the treatment yourself. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you might even be able to receive physio through your workplace if they run occupational health schemes, but you’d have to check to make sure you’re eligible first.
After an initial consultation, your physiotherapist will decide which method of treatment will work best for your condition but the most commonly used are...
Everyone can benefit from physiotherapy because it’s a non invasive treatment that doesn’t involve the use of drugs, so it doesn’t matter if you’re 0 or 90. As well as helping to treat physical illness and sports injuries, physiotherapists also work with people who have mental health problems or learning difficulties. It can also be used to slow the progression of long term conditions and help restore normal movement in people that have had neurology problems or suffered a stroke. The benefits can even be felt by mums-to-be, as physio can help prepare you for giving birth.