Who is a physiotherapist?
In simple terms, your physiotherapist is a mechanic for the human body. A physiotherapist is a university-trained medical professional who uses natural physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore your well-being so that you can perform and enjoy your chosen sport, work or everyday activities.
A physiotherapist's university training includes a thorough study of the human body, particularly the muscle and joint system. It involves studying anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology, psychology, medical conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, exercises prescription and electrotherapy.
Physiotherapy is a science-based methodology that is constantly evolving as new research discovers better ways to treat your body. Your physiotherapist will use their extensive knowledge of the human body and highly-trained skills to help restore your aching, stiff and dysfunctional muscles and joints back to health.
Physiotherapists at Arthritis and Pain Care Center are highly skilled in Sports, Musculoskeletal, Ergonomics and Spinal Injury Rehabilitation.
What are the different physiotherapy techniques used in the treatment?
There are well over 20 different treatment approaches commonly used by your physiotherapist.
Hands-on Physiotherapy Techniques
Your physiotherapist may be trained in hands-on physiotherapy techniques such as:
- Joint mobilization (gentle gliding) techniques,
- Joint manipulation,
- Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilization (PIM).
- Minimal Energy Techniques (METs),
- Muscle stretching,
Your physiotherapist is a highly skilled professional who utilizes strapping and taping techniques to prevent injuries.
Some physiotherapists are also skilled in the use of kinesiology taping.
Acupuncture and Dry Needling
Many physiotherapists have acquired additional training in the field of acupuncture and dry needling to assist pain relief and muscle function.
Physiotherapists have been trained in the use of exercise therapy to strengthen your muscles and improve your function. Physiotherapy exercises have been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective ways that you can solve or prevent pain and injury.
Your physiotherapist is an expert in the prescription of the "best exercises" for you and the most appropriate "exercise dose" for you depending on your rehabilitation status. Your physiotherapist will incorporate essential components of pilates, yoga and exercise physiology to provide you with the best result.
They may even use Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy so that you can watch your muscles contract on a screen as you correctly retrain them.
Biomechanical assessment, observation and diagnostic skills are paramount to the best treatment.
Your physiotherapist is a highly skilled health professional with superb diagnostic skills to detect and ultimately avoid musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Poor technique or posture is one of the most common sources of repeat injury.
Sports physio requires an extra level of knowledge and physiotherapy skill to assist injury recovery, prevent injury and improve performance. For the best advice, consult a Sports Physiotherapist.
Not only can your physiotherapist assist you at sport, they can also assist you at work. Ergonomics looks at the best postures and workstation set up for your body at work. Whether it be lifting technique improvement, education programs or workstation setups, your physiotherapist can help you.
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Your physiotherapist is a highly skilled body mechanic. Every physiotherapist has expertise in certain injuries or condition. For advice regarding your specific problem, please contact your physiotherapist.
What Exercises Should You Do?
It is important that your exercises should not be painful. While some personal trainers believe that the more painful the better, this is not the best for your body or injury.
In fact, research does inform us that pain inhibits muscles from performing to their optimum. This argues the case that painful exercise is actually counter-productive.
You'll find that your physiotherapist will thoroughly examine you and prescribe a series of exercises suitable for you in quantities that will not injure you further. Please seek an exercise expert, such as your physiotherapist, when you are planning your rehabilitation.
What Happens When You Stop Exercises?
Without some simple exercises, we know that certain muscles can become weak. When these supporting muscles are weak, your injured structures are inadequately supported and predispose you to lingering symptoms or further injury. You can also over-activate adjacent muscles that may lead to further injury.
It is also important to understand that even if you are "in good shape," you may have important but weak localised or stability muscles. When you have an injury, you should perform specific exercises that specifically strengthen the muscles around your injury and the adjacent joints. Your physiotherapist will assess your muscle function and prescribe the right exercises specific for your needs.
The exercises prescribed will usually be relatively simple, and do not require any special weights equipment, and can be performed safely at home.
Would You Stop Your Daily Prescription Drugs?
When your physiotherapist prescribes your individualised dose or exercises, they are using their professional expertise to optimise your exercise dose.
Would you just stop taking your regular blood pressure medication because you were too busy or didn't think it was working? I would hope not!
Exercise when prescribed by an expert such as your physiotherapist should be treated as your mandatory dose as prescribed by your physiotherapist. Just like when you don;t take your blood pressure medication, you can't expect the drugs to work of you don't take it as prescribed by your health professional!
So, next time you skip your "exercise dose" just remember that you are not putting your health first.