Everyone has met with this scenario at some point in time. You are busy at work, doing chores at home or trying to stay fit by exercising. Suddenly, you feel a slight pain in your lower back, your neck stiffens, or maybe you feel a slight pull in your hamstrings. What do you do? Perhaps you stretch it out, apply some cold gel, or take medication to reduce the pain.
But this time, the pain came back, and it is stopping you from returning to your usual lifestyle. What do you do then? Do you learn to live with the pain, compensate by not doing that particular movement or seek advice? Should you seek advice from your friends and family, or should you ask for professional help? What should be the next step?
A lot of research regarding the following has pointed towards the benefits of physiotherapy. Physiotherapists have shown to reduce these symptoms significantly for you to return to your everyday lifestyle. But how do they do it, and why does it work? The following sections should answer your queries
What is Physiotherapy?
For most people, physiotherapists are commonly associated with sports-related injuries and massage. Despite this outlook, physiotherapists are health care professionals specialised in regaining and maintaining movement and related function in patients.
The professions can adapt to various medical conditions, ranging from superficial muscle injuries to other lasting conditions. Different research has also found how the role of physiotherapy can be of benefit to mental health.
What does a physiotherapy consultation include?
A consultation session is usually divided into two parts. The first part is typically an ice-breaker for both physiotherapist & client. It allows the physiotherapist to understand the client’s lifestyle and related issue, along with other questions to understand what might have caused or increased the risk of sustaining such an injury.
The second part will include an examination process. The physiotherapist will assess the client through observation and other related tests. Once the second part is completed, the physiotherapist will communicate the long-term plans and treatment required for the patients to return to their usual lifestyle.
What should you expect from physiotherapy?
It is important to note that physiotherapy is a not magic drug that solves the issue after just one session. It is a long-term treatment plan and education where the patient understands his current complaint and reduces and prevents other physical matters. At the same time, it is crucial to keep physiotherapists updated with your progress to plan ahead or refer you to specialised medical assistance if required.
If you think that you can benefit from a consultation with our physiotherapist you can book an appointment here.
Roberto Agius is a physiotherapist at Willingness. He achieved clinical experience in various areas of clinical rehabilitation.