27 Feb Benefits of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a method of treatment that aims to relieve pain, improve mobility and function, overcome and prevent injuries, and generally improve a patient’s quality of life. People of all ages can have physical therapy in order to treat various health-related problems.
Physical therapy, such as osteopathy, has proven to help with before and after surgery rehabilitation and leads to a reduction in pain, shorter lengths of post-operative care and improvements in function. It has also been shown to significantly improve pain for people with arthritis, especially in the knee and hip. It is also beneficial for lower back pain. Many patients find a significant decrease in pain and an improvement in function. Neurological conditions, including stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease or traumatic brain injuries, can also be treated using physical therapy.
Physical therapy treatments may include:
- exercises or stretches accompanied by your therapist;
- massage, heat or cold therapy, warm water therapy;
- ultrasound therapy to ease muscle spasms or pain;
- rehab to help learn how to use an artificial limb, and
- practice with tools or gadgets to help move or stay balanced.
Benefits of physical therapy:
- Improves recovery time after a traumatic event:
Physical therapy is proven to help reduce the effects of injuries. Specialists will work with you while performing functional exercises focusing on injured muscles. Patients will experience improvements in health, flexibility and strength. In some instances, physical therapy can help avoid surgery.
- Improves mobility and balance:
Physical therapy can also be a form of preventative care. Many older people go to physical therapy to build strength to move around or learn to work with aids such as canes or walkers.
- Lowers the risk of re-injury:
Injuries, such as muscle strains, tears or other trauma, can flare up again and stress the wound. A physical therapist, such as an osteopath, will be able to assess the severity of your injury and advise you on the correct forms of exercise and movements to ensure you do not exacerbate the pain or damage the area further.
- Improves athletic performance:
Many sports players and athletes, professional or not, go to physical therapy to increase efficiency in their chosen sport. Your physical therapist will help you with exercises to improve flexibility and strength. Additionally, regular physical therapy appointments will prepare your muscle groups to retain movements of your sport, reducing the risk of injury.
- Reduces chronic pain:
Physical therapists will analyse the patient’s condition and the roots of the pain, whether from an injury or disease, and will create a plan to help reduce the pain.
To find out more about how you can benefit from osteopathy and physical therapy, schedule an appointment with OsteoVision. Each patient’s treatment plan is unique and specific, depending on your diagnosis, age, and fitness level. Contact us to discuss your symptoms, and a member of our team will be there to assist you.
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