When Should You See A Physiotherapist?

September 13, 2018

 

This is a great question and one who’s answer, I believe, is forever evolving. Traditionally, you would seek the assistance of a physiotherapist if you were struggling to manage an injury, ache or pain. Of course, aches and pains are common place in today’s society and the majority of those will come and go with no onward concern or second thought that assistance is required. However, if the aforementioned discomfort is inhibiting your daily activities and has been doing so for more than a couple of weeks, it may be worthwhile seeking professional help. 

 

Physiotherapy works by assessing how you move. If you are in pain or have a restriction of some form, a physiotherapist is likely to identify a reduced range of movement, strength deficit or other impairment and advise on how to overcome these inhibitions. The overriding aim is to typically allow you to function more freely and with less discomfort. 

 

Physiotherapy in the private sector typically works on addressing musculoskeletal issues (muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and nerve based impairments). However, there is a vast spectrum along which physiotherapists work. There are physiotherapists who specialise in sports injuries, others who specialise in respiratory conditions (such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease {COPD}) and those who work with neurological conditions such as impairments caused by strokes. Some work purely with adults, others with children and others with new born little ‘uns. Physios can be found everywhere!!

 

The point I make here, is that the scope of physiotherapy is forever evolving and you could find someone to help specifically with your individual needs. I am a firm believer that physiotherapy, in which ever environment you find it, should aim to enhance the patient’s/client’s quality of life. Whether it be allowing someone to get in and out of bed more freely, to manage their activities of daily living (ADLs) with greater comfort or to beat a personal best in the next marathon. 

 

Mindfully Active Physio aim to identify areas where you may not be moving as efficiently as you could. By identifying such factors this can reduce stress/strain on areas of the body and subsequently allow you to move more freely and with greater range/strength. Whether you are injured or not, physiotherapy can assist in helping you to achieve your movement goals with greater purpose and efficiency. Not only can this help to reduce injury risk and reduce inhibitions from a current injury, but it can also help to enhance performance.

 

So if you think physiotherapy is for you contact Mindfully Active Physio today, in Bishops Stortford, by clicking here. You can also find out more about the specific services that Mindfully Active Physio provide by clicking here. 

 

Until next time,

 

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