Physiotherapy is the treatment of ailments related to joint, muscles and nerves which involves doing exercises or part of your body massaged or warmed.
Importance of physiotherapy for everyone
Physiotherapy helps everyone who has general medical conditions, like illnesses or injuries that limit their ability to move and function. It helps to reduce or eliminate pain and improve mobility. It also avoids going for surgery and helps to recover from stroke.
Physiotherapy in daily life
Physiotherapy repairs the body in a slow, steady and sustainable way. Continuous physiotherapy can control the neurological disorders. It is an excellent healer of cardio pulmonary issues in the body.
Benefits of physiotherapy in arthritis
Physiotherapy helps to understand how arthritis affects you. It helps to manage your pain and improve your fitness so that you become stronger, more flexible and more mobile.
Types of Physiotherapy Treatments
Various types of physiotherapy treatments include cold therapy or cryotherapy, heat therapy, electrical stimulation, TENS, range of motion (ROM) exercises, strengthening exercises and soft tissue mobilization.
1) Cold therapy reduces pain and swelling, especially in immediate injuries. This is achieved by ice pack application and ice massage.
2) Heat therapy uses devices like hot packs, Paraffin wax bath, infrared heat; ultrasound and diathermy to help improve your blood flow especially at the site of injury, thus, speeding up healing. It can also help soften tight tissues and relieves pain.
3) Electrical stimulation is used to prevent muscle weakening in people with paralysis and assist in gaining muscle strength after surgery.
4) TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a type of electrical stimulation. A TENS device helps to temporarily relieve pain.
5) Range of motion exercises is prescribed to increase or maintain flexibility of joints and reduce stiffness. Soft tissue mobilization or therapeutic massage is used to relax your tight muscles, relieve pain and reduce swelling.