Surely you’ve heard about your favorite athlete getting injured and having to go to physiotherapy for a while to heal before they get back in the game. But there’s nowhere in the physiotherapy rule book (if one existed) that says physiotherapy is strictly for athletes.
This is a very common misconception, but in reality, many people who go to physiotherapy don’t even play sports! Physiotherapy is a practice that was designed around treating injury, illness, or deformity that limits movement and causes pain. The aim, therefore, is to give patients advice on pain management, prevent disease, promote mobility, and perform manual therapy at our Burlington orthotic clinic.
Whatever your ailment, our expert staff can help you to reach your recovery or treatment goals to help you have a better quality of life. Here’s how physiotherapy can help you:
Faster recovery from injury
If you have broken bones from a car accident, pulled muscles from a sports injury or strain from day to day tasks, the road to recovery can be rocky if you don’t have proper guidance and treatment. Physiotherapists can identify the root of the problem and target those areas to minimize pain, increase strength and flexibility, promote mobility and healing. They can also teach you exercises and stretches to help prevent future injuries or assist in finding workarounds to help you return to your normal life without much disruption.
As we get older, we are more prone to falls, especially if we suffer from conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis. These falls can result in broken bones and other serious and potentially life-threatening injuries .With physiotherapy, you can look forward to improved mobility, coordination, and balance. Your physiotherapist will create a plan just for you, and will even advise the use of certain devices or equipment to help strengthen or stretch the muscles and joints to get you standing, walking or even running, safely.
Decreased dependence on medication
Some people are unable to get through their day without some sort of pills or medicine because of the pain they have to endure daily. Physiotherapy offers numerous treatment options, far more advanced than simple stretches and massages, that address internal issues and can stimulate healing activity and restore function in various parts of the body. Some of these treatment methods work even better than medication, since much of the medication for pain, only works to numb the pain. Certain treatments can stop the pain from recurring in the future.
Helps to avoid surgery
Surgery is not the only option for recovery in many cases, as the body can heal itself once a proper treatment plan is created. These treatment options can heal the tissue or nerves externally without a patient ever having to go under the knife. These methods are generally significantly cheaper than surgery and have little to no recovery time.
Improved sleeping habits
Many persons have pain-related insomnia where their injury or illness makes it difficult for them to fall asleep or stay asleep. Physiotherapy tackles this issue by creating a treatment plan to stretch and loosen muscles where applicable to grant pain relief, or through light exercise to release hormones called endorphins which are a natural pain reliever. In return, patients will be granted physical and mental peace which will allow them to return to a healthy sleep cycle, which also plays a crucial role in recovery.
Physiotherapy has a place in everyone’s life once they have some sort of chronic pain, has had an accident or some form of injury, or require assistance to recover from a deformity he/she was born with. The benefits of physiotherapy are not only physical, as they can also have a mental/emotional and financial impact on your life.
If you require more information, all you need to do is consult a physiotherapist in Okotoks. He/she will answer all your questions and concerns to determine if you qualify for the aforementioned benefits.