WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY
Physiotherapy is a non surgical way primarily utilizing manual therapy and exercise therapy techniques for a whole range of chronic and acute painful body conditions. It is a stream of science that can be categorized under health-care and focuses on not only the treatment of painful physical conditions but also the prevention of physical injuries and conditions. Physiotherapy employs hands on techniques like massage, exercises, stretching, heat and ice, electro therapy and taping.
Areas of study includes, Anatomy, Physiology, Sociology, Psychology, Pathology, Microbiology, Respiratory Medicine, Gynaecology, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, General Medicine and General Surgery, to give a wide spread but in depth knowledge of potential conditions. Further course work focuses on human movement, joints, muscles, bones and tendons as well as diagnostic studies and use of equipment. A career in physiotherapy combines the understanding of the human body and movement, expertise and methodology to handle certain physical problem of patients. A physiotherapist traces the roots of a physical problem to certain conditions of particular parts of the human body, such as brain, nervous system, soft tissues, joints, bones, heart and lungs and applies their knowledge and expertise to assist the patient in a therapy regime to relieve pain and improve movement resulting in a more satisfying quality of life. Physiotherapists have a detailed understanding of how the human body works and are specially educated to assess and improve movement and functions besides relieving pain.
As the name suggests sports physiotherapy is an extended branch of physiotherapy where the application of streamlined rehabilitation programs are tailor made for specific sporting injuries. By undergoing our tailor made programs, recovery from an injury can be obtained not only in a speedy manner but also the risk of further injury can be minimized. This stream of physiotherapy is fast emerging as an extensive application science across both professional and amateur sports spheres. New and innovative techniques are being perfected in sports physiotherapy continuously improving the recovery rate and restoration of the pre-conditions in the sporting person.
Physiotherapy and Pregnancy
It has been observed that during pregnancy, pre-existing pelvic and spinal imbalances usually become over- taxed. This added stress usually leads to discomfort and difficulty when regular activities are undertaken. A regime of regular physical therapy throughout the months of pregnancy can relieve the common discomforts. At Healing Touch Physiotherapy and Wellness, we accurately diagnose and treat pregnancy related pains very successfully. As part of our special pregnancy treatment, specific adjustments are imparted to restore balance and eradicate stress in the pelvis and spine resulting in greater comfort and restoring pain-free walking and sitting. At our Well Women’s Clinic, treatment begins with an in-depth discussion on the symptoms and the lifestyle of the expecting mother. Gentle tests (physical, orthopedic and neurological) are done to evaluate the condition of the spine. Kindly note that these tests are absolutely safe for the baby and the expecting mother.