Are you an adventurous type of person who loves outdoor activities such as hiking or someone who’s into physical exercises? Perhaps, a hardworking employee who travels a lot? Well, you have to expect that at the end of the day, some physical activities you do can cause pain or injuries--which are inevitable.
Although some injuries and pain are bearable, these things will worsen in the long run if left untreated. That’s why you must seek immediate medical attention to relieve what you’re experiencing. Physiotherapy is one of the medical interventions you will need to eliminate the pain and bring you back to your normal body and performance.
To enlighten you about this medical intervention, below are some facts you need to know about physiotherapy.
The physiotherapy of today can be traced back thousands of years ago. In 460 BC, physicians like Hippocrates had been known first to use various forms of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, and massage therapy. Moreover, the first documented physiotherapy treatment was dated in the 19th century and performed by Per Henrik Ling.
Physiotherapy is a treatment that most people who are suffering from pain and injuries look for. In fact, it has helped tons of people who seem to lose hope with their major or minor conditions. The one who administers the therapy is the registered physiotherapist or physical therapist. With the help of this physiotherapist, he can help you relieve or reduce body pain and injuries such as in shoulders, knee, hips, ankles, and hips.
Physiotherapy also treats babies who have minor muscular issues such as torticollis. This muscular issue is a neck condition where sternocleidomastoid, a major muscle, is either shortened or contracted.
When this muscle is shortened, it tilts the baby’s head. The physiotherapist gently stretches the affected muscle and also educates the parents about the proper handling of the baby’s head. By teaching the parents some home-stretch exercises for the baby, the condition can heal fastly.
Just 21 years after World War I, World War II came in. The injuries and casualties of World War I paved the way for doctors to develop physiotherapy. Physiotherapy began in Canada and became a fast-growing medical practice. The primary reason why physiotherapy was very helpful during the second world war is that it had helped the returning soldiers from war to recover from the injuries or pain they had acquired from the battle.
Most people are not serious about dizziness, lightheaded feeling, and fainting. They think that these feelings are just ordinary. But, did you know that these body sensations are symptoms of vertigo?
Now, how does physiotherapy work here? When a physiotherapist has specialized Vestibular Rehabilitation training, he can help you treat your vertigo. When you seek advice from a trained physiotherapist, he can assess your condition and use the evaluation to develop a plan to restore your balance, lessen dizziness, and reduce the symptoms of vertigo.
Like any medical practice, physiotherapy requires intensive guidance and supervision from a physiotherapist. And, if you think that your treatment is done after you have undergone your first session, well, that’s not the case. Visiting the clinic allows you to have a one-on-one consultation with the physiotherapist. This way, he can give you some physical exercise that you have to do at home to supplement your fast recovery.
However, there are people who don’t follow the physiotherapist’s prescribed physical and rest exercises and only watch videos on the internet. Remember that not everyone shares the same condition as you. Thus, it’s vital to follow the appropriate and specifically-tailored exercise plan for your condition.
Physiotherapy does not only help you regain your physical body condition, but it also rejuvenates your psychological well-being.
Furthermore, physiotherapy has been known to help someone counter mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. You might be asking, “how can physiotherapy help someone battle mental health issues?” Well, the answer is not as complex as you think. Mental health physiotherapy focuses on the holistic of the human body. This type of therapy promotes intensified awareness of movements and body functions.
The healing duration of your injured or hurt body part depends on its severity. For average to minor injuries, it would take 2 to 3 sessions, and additional sessions to those severe cases for full recovery or lessen the effects of the body.
In addition, some physiotherapist clinics offer acupuncture, an old medicinal intervention that originated in China, to supplement fast healing. The therapist punctures acupuncture needles to a specific area of the body that connects to the injured portion of the body.
If you have physical body pains or injuries, take them seriously and seek help from professionals immediately. By visiting physiotherapy clinics, you’ll lessen your prolonging agony and even prevent the long-term effects of these injuries. So what are you waiting for? Get well and feel well!
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