Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy

Sports physiotherapy – Physiotherapy and Injuries

Sports physiotherapy – Physiotherapy and Injuries

Sports physiotherapy for injuries is really necessary, it has always been around for professional sportsmen and women but with the rise in leisure sport activities there is also a equal number of injuries happening to us all. Techniques from sports physiotherapy can be taken to treat everyday sprains and strains, which are the most common sort of injury you will find and can be treated at home if you know the techniques. A five step process of Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation is generally prescribed by physiotherapists. Protection – Protect from aggravating the injury by using support. Rest – Avoiding exercise and daily routine work and any physical activity, depending on the severity. Using crutches to give your sprained ankle some rest. Ice therapy – Apply ice packs to the affected area every 2 to 3 hours. Compression – Use compressive bandages to reduce the swelling. Elevation – Keep the affected part elevated above the level of heart. This helps to reduce swelling and aids recovery. These are useful tips to have to hand as they really work for all kinds of sprains and strains. If you think there has been fracture or muscle/tendon rupture then the process is to immobilise (minimize movement) and consult a specialist. The specialist then decides the course of action which could be surgery or...

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Physiotherapy Help to Perform at your Best

Physiotherapy Help to Perform at your Best

Before you take part in any form of sport there are some things you can do to prevent injury. I never used to know about injury prevention – warming up and stretching – and as a result I’ve had to deal with the likes of runners’ knee, ankle sprain, sprinters foot, chronic muscle injuries as well as Achilles tendon injuries. I used to push myself and try to run too far instead of realizing that I should rather be gradually increasing the distances that I was running. No wonder my body responded to this increased workload by giving me stress fractures. I had myself to blame because then a trip to the doctor and to hear that rest is the best treatment. I was told that healing would take 6 to 8 weeks and that full range of motion and strength would have to be restored before returning to any activity. This was like a prison sentence to a person like me who needed to train for a marathon. It doesn’t take long to do some stretching. Stretching will improved flexibility and this in turn will strengthen your muscles, tendons and ligaments and help limit your risk of injury. The beauty about physiotherapy is that if you are training for a marathon, you don’t have to be obsessing about injuries. Don’t wait till you are injured – rather see for regular maintenance work. This is so useful because they can help to point out areas that can result in injury, and they will give advice on exercises. They will also recommend sports massage which can help to maintain circulation and also improve range of movement in the muscles and the joints. For me what worked was to simply schedule exercise, training and a visit to the physiotherapist into my diary in a positive way and by prioritizing my goals, it has helped me to stop being obsessed with...

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Physiotherapy Helps You with Marathon Training

Physiotherapy Helps You with Marathon Training

I started running for fun, health and fitness and of course, to control my weight. I became too good with distance running that I decided to make the transition from pounding the neighbourhood streets to professional running. I’ve always loved watching marathons on the TV as it looks like the kind of sport that anyone can enjoy. I understood exactly what it required and that it would take some rigorous and disciplined training. I’ve already been running for some time, and I know all about sprinter’s foot that pain on the upper surface of the foot during running. I remember that my foot had been put in a cast for a few weeks to allow healing. All I can remember is that physiotherapy and bio kinetics treatment was essential treatment at that time in the rehabilitation of my injured foot. Whatever your motivation is for running a marathon, with the right training plan, you can certainly achieve your goal. Like me, you may have bouts of acute and chronic foot pain. I think that for any runner who wants to achieve their goals and to also arrive at the finishing line uninjured should look at physiotherapy as part of their training programme. This can make sure you achieve your aims with running the marathon and physiotherapy will help as a course of treatment. Training is crucial for marathon runners and you can’t afford to have a running injury like Achilles tendonitis, knee pain, calf strain and blisters setting you back. Running injuries are common, and while they can be minor to severe, they can put you out of a race. Intervention is your best bet, and physiotherapy can make all the difference between you taking part or failing to participate. It will mean Your Success or...

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Physiotherapy can restore Mobility after a Stroke

Physiotherapy can restore Mobility after a Stroke

A sudden numbness of the face, arm and leg on one side of the body, loss of speech, loss of balance and confusion are some of the warning signs of a stroke. Many people think that physiotherapy is only used for stiff or sore muscles and for sport injuries such as runner’s knee or chronic muscle injuries. Physiotherapy is also used for neurological conditions such as stroke as well as other conditions such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. The aim of physiotherapy for stroke patients for instance will be to help restore movement to the arms and legs and to help to restore normal body functions. Strengthening the Body Physiotherapists use therapeutic exercises and these have been designed to improve mobility and strengthen the affected area of the body. The types of therapy will depend on what parts of the brain were damaged during the stroke. Some stroke patients may require speech therapy, others occupational therapy and others physical therapy and strength training. Paralysis, or loss of muscle function are common after a stroke, and physiotherapy can help stroke survivors regain their strength and balance.   A Tailored Treatment Programme It can be devastating for anyone to have constant pain and not be able to perform physical functions or activities. Physiotherapists are trained to evaluate your musculoskeletal problem and then come up with a tailored treatment programme. They use a combination of exercise and manual therapy techniques. Physiotherapists always take time to get a complete understanding of your particular problem. They take down your complete history and a comprehensive evaluation of your problem. Their focus is to get stroke patients to learn the skills they will need to care for themselves after a stroke. The main aim of physiotherapy is to restore the body back to functioning property. Physiotherapists are trained health care professionals and you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a...

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Physiotherapy – Management of Injuries and Disease

Physiotherapy – Management of Injuries and Disease

Physiotherapy dates back to ancient times when the Chinese used massage as a treatment. Since that time, the list of conditions that physiotherapy treats has grown. Today physiotherapy is used to treat common conditions such as back pain, asthma, tinnitus, heart disease, stroke patients, ulcers and many other ailments. To treat this different diseases or injuries, physiotherapy has been specialized so that it treats specific areas requiring attention – cardiovascular-, respiratory-, musculoskeletal as well as  neurological physiotherapy, demonstrating how physiotherapy treats many areas in the body. As a form of regulation, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy was started in 1920. Treatment through the 1940’s mainly consisted of exercise, massage, and traction and later in the 1950s manipulative procedures to the spine were practiced. It was in the 1980’s with the explosion of technology and computers that electric stimulators and ultrasound were introduced. Recognizing Injuries During any kind of physical activity, the body is exposed to forces. Pre-existing weaknesses in the body, fatigue as well as skeletal muscle imbalance can all result in an injury. This is why it is so important that adequate protection and the correct gear should be worn for the particular needs of any sport. There are specific signs that can help with early diagnosis of an injury. The symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and numbness. Inflammation is the response of the tissues to injury and it is important to recognize these symptoms such as pain, swelling, redness, loss of function and increased temperature at the injury site. Seek Professional Opinions and Appropriate Treatment Physiotherapy today plays a very important role in medicine. You will find physiotherapy centers attached to hospitals with sophisticated equipment such as ultra sound therapy, traction equipment, wax bath therapy, infra-red radiation as well as exercise therapy equipment such as parallel bars, walking aids, strengthening equipment, stationary cycle and others. These centers treat soft tissue injuries, diseases of the bones and joints, post op joint replacement and much...

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