The Importance Of Physiotherapy

physiotherapist at work

Physiotherapy, otherwise known as physical therapy was pioneered by four British nurses back in 1884 when the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy was started.

“Since then physiotherapy has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most common forms of treatment that is sought after for a wide range of issues” says Jon Cook who is one of the leading chiropractors in Bristol, South West England.

This particular type of physical therapy aims to restore movement in the joints and bones. But it doesn’t stop there. We know that the mind and body are inextricably connected as one. So as the body heals, the result can also help a person on an emotional, as well as psychological level.

You might be wondering what physiotherapy actually is and how it can help. Well here’s a good explanation.

How physiotherapy works

The aim of physiotherapy is to help restore movement and normal body function in cases of illness, injury and disability.

As well as treating specific problems, your physiotherapist may also suggest ways to improve your general wellbeing – for example, by taking regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight for your height and build.

Physiotherapists take a holistic approach, looking at the body as a whole rather than focusing on the individual factors of an injury or illness. The person being treated is directly involved in their own care.
For example, back pain can be caused by a number of different things, including:

  • poor posture
  • inherited spinal deformity
  • bending or twisting awkwardly
  • overstretching
  • standing for long periods
  • lifting or carrying objects incorrectly

Original source: How It Works

Physiotherapy is so effective that even the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK are offering their staff physiotherapy to help cut the number of sick days being taken.

Physiotherapy and counselling for NHS staff in drive to cut sickness rates

NHS staff are to be offered physiotherapy, counselling and Zumba classes as part of a drive to cut absence rates.

NHS staff are to be offered physiotherapy, counselling and Zumba classes as part of a drive to cut absence rates.

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, will say creating healthy workplaces is “no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a must-do”.

He will use a speech to announce a raft of measures aimed at cutting the NHS bill for staff sickness, which stands at £2.4 billion a year.

The drive, backed by £5 million of funding, will target 1.3 million workers and includes an occupational health service for GPs suffering from burnout and stress.

Original source: NHS Offering Their Staff Free Treatment For Stress

When you decide to go and see a physiotherapist, then you’ll typically want to book a consultation. This is necessary in order for the physical therapist to deduce the cause of the problem(s) you’re suffering and then to advise a treatment plan which will typically span several weeks.

What happens on my first visit?

On arrival at the clinic you will be asked to register and also to complete a pain map incorporating questions about your condition.  At your first visit, a full case history and examination of the painful and related areas will be performed.  A diagnosis is made and the cause of the problem identified and explained to you fully.  The treatment plan designed specifically for your condition will then also be discussed.

All examination results will be recorded and given to you to take away in a ‘Report of Findings’.  We will ask you what your treatment goals are and work with you towards achieving them.

Physiotherapy and exercise

We also specialise in the area of graded exercise programmes designed specifically for the needs of your condition.  These are directed towards a specific goal that you as the patient has in mind.  This can range from providing relief of pain, preventative exercises or supporting an athlete returning to sport.

Original source: The House Clinics – Bristol Physiotherapy

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