Improve Your Life: 8 Surprising Ways Physio Can Help You

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Most people already know that physiotherapy is beneficial in helping relieve back and sciatica pain. But not everyone knows that regular physio can also improve everyday living.

Check out our list and see for yourself—physio can make a huge impact on your quality of life.  

Arthritis

About 3.8 million Australians suffer from arthritis. That’s 18% of the population!

And for most of these people, the most common form of treatment is prescription medication and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.

However, there is a way that doesn’t involve having to fill your body with chemicals.

Physio can help manipulate and treat damaged joints, making them more mobile. And having more mobile joints means that you can become more active with less pain.

While there is no cure for arthritis, regular physical therapy can help to improve your range of motion. It is a highly praised form of treatment due to its ability to improve the underlying conditions related to your pain without unpleasant side-effects.  

Knee Pain

Even though most people associate physio with back pain, it’s also applied to knee-related pain, helping to alleviate discomfort.

Because physio therapy focuses on the root source of the pain, and not only where you feel the pain, an evaluation of your knee will include an assessment of your entire lower extremity – to include your hip and foot.

Once the physiotherapist determines what is causing your knee pain, he or she will prescribe appropriate treatments and exercise to help improve your mobility. Doing so will inevitably help decrease your pain and strengthen your knee for prevention of future injuries.

Obesity

As obesity continues to trend upward, many people are searching for viable options to help solve the growing epidemic.

Physio is a great solution!

Physical therapists assess patients’ physical conditions and help determine strength building plans to get them moving. And as obesity comes with a host of other physical aches and ailments, physiotherapists can also help alleviate physical pains that prevent overweight individuals from moving in the first place.

As physio is completed in a low pressure medical environment; overweight patients are more likely to feel comfortable visiting their physiotherapist to learn about strength building, while performing low impact exercises.

Improve Balance

Impaired balance and stability can have a negative and severe impact on your life. These conditions can lead to feelings of dizziness and being disoriented. Additionally, they can ultimately lead to falls that cause other physical injuries or conditions.

Physio can help diagnose the source of your balance issues and develop a plan to correct them. Plans to improve balance and stability might include:

  • Strengthening your base of support (feet and legs)
  • Strengthening your core
  • Adding resistance to increase strength and mobility

Respiratory Conditions

While physiotherapy primarily focuses on developing, maintaining, or restoring joint movement and muscle functionality, it also includes practices that help clear chest secretions and exercises that strengthen breathing.

For those with breathing complications or diseases, physiotherapy may be helpful. It will typically involve assessment, advice, education, and intervention.

Nerve Pain & Damage

In addition to helping treat conditions related to the joints, muscles, and chest, physiotherapists also specialise in nerve pain.

Specifically, physiotherapists are exerts in peripheral neuropathy (PN). PN is a condition that is caused by nerve damage, affecting the nerves throughout the body and causing various levels of pain.

With treatment, PN can improve overtime and, physiotherapists are often the best source for treatment of this condition. They can trace your nerve pain, evaluate your mobility, and determine how to isolate your issue – prescribing the best treatment plan for you to improve your quality of life.

Urinary Problems

Urine incontinence is a condition that involves an undesired, involuntary leakage of urine. It can occur at any time during the day or night – and can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable. Many people look to medications, medical devices, surgeries, or absorbent pads to help them cope with this condition.

However, the most effective and least invasive method for treating urine incontinence could be physiotherapy.

Physiotherapists help patients get control of their urinary issues by developing treatment programs that help strengthen the muscles that control their bladder and urinary system. With continued practice, these plans help patients gain control over their symptoms and can eliminate the need for medications and surgery.

Train/Retrain Your Brain

If you’re constantly in the wars—acquiring all sorts of injuries—odds are, you’re not moving correctly. Incorrect exercise, moving habits, or posture can most certainly lead to injuries. And while not all of these injuries are major, most of them will cause some level of discomfort.

Physiotherapy can help train your body in the proper ways to exercise, move, sit, and stand. After your body learns what is right, slouching and improper techniques will feel foreign and proper movement will become second nature.

In the same light, physiotherapy can also help those who have lost function in parts of their body due to an accident, stroke, or heart attack. By retraining the brain in how to use the body’s muscles and joints, survivors see success in regaining mobility and independence through physiotherapy.

If physiotherapy is important to you, or you think it would be beneficial, it’s a smart idea to shop around and compare extras cover before booking an appointment. Physio fees can be costly, so why not check for potential savings first?

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