A new year a new you, so many of us make resolutions to eat cleaner, get leaner and go to the gym more often. There’s one promise you can make to yourself that can in-fact improve your life without you having to give up any of your favourite snacks.
What does physiotherapy treatment involve?
Physiotherapy is a holistic method in which physiotherapists combine a range of treatment and preventative approaches to improve joint and muscle function, relieve pain, increase flexibility and strength and to restore your body’s every-day alibility.
What will the process involve?
Every physiotherapy journey begins with a simple assessment appointment. Here you can share your reasons for seeking help; if you’re trying to recover from a sports or work related injury, looking to improve your mobility, suffering from pain (either explainable or unexplained), or looking to reduce your dependency on prescription medication.
You will receive a physical assessment and your physiotherapist will work with you to identify the causes, symptoms, and severity of any conditions you may have. They will then make suggestions for which therapies may work best for you, as well as recommending specialists either in-house or out as required. Physiotherapy is definitely a team effort between the practitioner and the patient.
What techniques are involved in physiotherapy?
The practitioner can use techniques such as joint manipulation, myofascial/soft tissue release, acupuncture, and massage, and can also teach you as the patient exercises, stretches and other methods to continue at home.
Physiotherapy is a recommended treatment by the NHS
The NHS recommends physiotherapy to “restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability” and to “help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future.” As we all know that while NHS practitioners work their hardest, the NHS as a whole is underfunded and over-stretched, leading to longer waits, shorter appointments, and shorter overall length of treatment plans. Many people are therefore opting for private treatment, which is often covered by health-insurance plans either individually or through your work. Private physiotherapy is available with a much shorter wait period, at more flexible timeframes to suit your life, and your course of treatment can be as short or long as your body requires.
Book your physiotherapy treatment
Throughout your course of treatment, your physiotherapist will work with you to assess your progress, and to tailor your treatments accordingly. You may find more positive results with one treatment over another, and it’s invaluable that you relay that information to your physiotherapist so that they can adjust your treatment, getting you back on track to enjoying your life, happy, healthy, and pain-free.