What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a form of “hands-on” manual therapy used to aid in a rapid recovery and rehabilitation from all forms of injury, sports related or otherwise. In addition to this physiotherapy can be used to maintain your body in its optimum state which can enhance your performance during sport and also aid in reducing the chances of and even preventing a re-injury. Physiotherapy treatment is usually quite gentle and is very safe. Techniques commonly used by physiotherapists are: joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, ultrasound, TENS (Trans-cutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), combined with home based stretching and strengthening exercises. All of the above techniques allow your joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons to function to their best mobility.
What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?
The Physiotherapy Association (APA) describes Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy as follows: If you have a neck, back, joint or muscle pain then obviously you want the fastest – and longest lasting – relief possible. That’s why musculoskeletal physiotherapy is your best option. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are qualified health professionals who specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly neck and back pain. They employ the most advanced techniques and their results are sometimes instantaneous.
More ways to help you move well and stay well
Apart from providing rapid and effective drug-free pain relief, there are a number of important ways that musculoskeletal physiotherapy can help. APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists use advanced clinical assessment and diagnosis methods. They have been trained in a broader range of treatment techniques than many other health professionals. As a result, they are in the best position to improve your mobility, co-ordination, strength and overall fitness level.
APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists can offer assistance in many ways, such as:
- They will treat any other underlying problems
- They can teach you about posture, how to move well, lift correctly avoid muscle strain, injury and even return to fitness after childbirth, inactivity or illness
- Mobilization, manipulation, stretching, massage and exercise are some of the key methods employed by practitioners to help improve your mobility
- Precise specific exercise advice can help you to correct faulty spinal movement and improve coordination, leading to smoother, pain-free movement
- Customized exercise programs to improve power, endurance, work tolerance and overall fitness will help to increase your strength and prevent injury reoccurring