Physio Hamid welcomes you to Relish Physio in the spirits of New Year 2021.
While we are in a mindset with upcoming commitments for the year, let’s make a resolution to keep ourselves more healthy in 2021 by cherishing health and take better care of our bodies. So, hop on your sport shoes, grab your sipper and let’s get started.
Exercise is a vital way to keep ourselves fit, as our bodies are designed to move. That being said there is a large number of us who consciously or subconsciously think exercise prescription of Physical Therapists is identical to those of gym workouts.
Do this speculation hold any truth?
Let’s find out today!
How about we walk through facts from physiotherapy aspect first!?
To begin with, a physiotherapist plans therapeutic exercises for an individual. These therapeutic exercises help the patients in improving their physical fitness, prevent any impairment in the body, reduce the health related risk, and make the person healthy.
Physiotherapists plans the exercises according to the ‘condition of the patient’. We start by listening to the problem of the patient, check the past and present medical history, examine the patient properly, and then make a provisional diagnosis. According to this provisional diagnosis, we plan a treatment procedure.
Fitness Trainers on the other hand, create fitness plans pertaining to your fitness goals. When you train, every workout and exercise serves the purpose of helping you achieve your personal fitness goal. Depending on requirement, your said goals can be on short-term or long-term basis and can include strength training, muscle gain, fat loss, endurance training, gear up athletic skills, body toning, cardio etc. A fitness plan acts as a bridge between your present and future self.
Furthermore, it incorporates your diet map, as a bigger part of fitness regimen is nutrition. Exercise without balanced meals would not yield you results due to hiked physical activity, demands of training and facilitate muscle growth and repair.
Fitness Trainers and Physiotherapists are both very helpful allies in the quest to a healthy body. The main difference between them is that Fitness Trainers work with healthy bodies and focus on building muscle mass, fitness, and aesthetics, while Physiotherapists work with injured bodies and focus on pain management and rehabilitation to keep you moving.
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Physical Therapy has been a well known concept for centuries now but recent researches in the past few decades served as a catalyst establishing it as a well-documented, fundamental and prominent practice.
So, what exactly is Physiotherapy?
This can be elucidated as a medical profession that works with patients to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability using a variety of therapeutic exercises and electrotherapy.
To fully understand physiotherapy and its purpose in obtaining and maintaining optimal health, we must first begin with explaining the role of a physiotherapist. According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK), Physical Therapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.Physiotherapy can help individuals achieve better movement and function throughout every stage of life. Although physiotherapy is usually associated with treatments for someone who has suffered an injury or accident, it’s actually an incredibly effective treatment path for a variety of conditions.
From dealing with the natural effects of aging to helping those who suffer from certain diseases or disorders, a physiotherapist has the expertise to create an effective treatment plan that can aid in the prevention of injury, as well as habilitation and rehabilitation.
Benefits of Physical Therapy
Perks of Physical Therapy includes but is not limited to the following:
1. Pain Relief
Physiotherapy helps in reducing pain, swelling and inflammation.
2. Strength Training
Physiotherapy strengthen the muscles which help in controlling pain
3. Posture Correction
Correcting posture helps in relieving pain from neck and back.
4. Increase Range of Motion of Joint (ROM)
Conditions like frozen shoulder or post fracture stiffness.
Physiotherapy helps in improving coordination in various conditions like Parkinson’s , multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and so on.
7. Improve Balance to Reduce Risk of Fall
Physical Therapy is crucial for people of older ages, toddlers and those of injured to prevent falls and be safe from injuries.
8. Maintain Activity of Daily Living (ADL)
In cases like rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, and stroke. The physiotherapist helps in modifying the activities according to the condition.
9. Life-Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients
Improve the quality of life-rehabilitation of stroke patients helps in improving their quality of life. Early consultation of stroke patients with physiotherapist can give 100 percent recoveries in patients.
10. Sports Injuries
Physiotherapy helps in sports injuries- on the field as well as off the field. Conditions like knee ligament injury, meniscal injury, rotator cuff injury, ankle sprains and so on.
What to look for in a physiotherapist?
If you’re looking for a physiotherapist here are a few key tips to keep in mind:
1. Check the physiotherapist’s qualifications
For Physiotherapy in India, it is mandatory for the practitioner to complete a degree and have an optional state registration to practice. This ensures all healthcare standards are met, and the best health practices are consistently promoted.
2. See the knowledge of the therapist
Physiotherapists complete numerous years of education and training to obtain their physiotherapy designation. Some even spend additional time focusing on certain areas of specialization, such as sports injury, old age care, stroke rehabilitation, pregnancy and much more. If you have a specific injury, you may want to see a physiotherapist who specializes in that area or visit a clinic that offers physiotherapy as well as complementary treatments.
However, it’s important to note that physiotherapists have the expertise to treat a wide range of conditions, and are not required to specialize in a certain area of the physiotherapy practice.
Physical Therapy is a veteran profession known for centuries and recent investigations has just catapulted its scope of practice. Being a Healthcare practice, it focuses on restoring and optimizing movement by utilizing a range of therapeutic exercises and electotherapy interventions. Physical Therapists are medical professionals aiding people of all ages impacted by trauma, illness and impairments to regulate discomfort and halt sickness.
Physical Therapy holds benefits such as relief from pain, strength training, posture correction, increase and improve joint ROM and cardio, enhance balance and coordination tackling falls, maintain ADLs, recovery from sports injuries and so on. If you need to see a physiotherapist, he/she should have acquired atleast a bachelor’s degree and portraying efficient practical knowledge and skillset.
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