Physiotherapy

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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 – 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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