..........or a pain in your back, leg or any other part of your body.  In fact, you’d be surprised how many problems a chartered physiotherapist can help you solve  - and avoid.

 

With more moving parts than any other machine, it’s not surprising your body occasionally cries out in pain or refuses to do what you tell it to do.  After all, there are hundreds of different muscles and joints that can go wrong.  Fortunately, there’s an effective way to treat many of the problems you can experience – physiotherapy.

 

Every year, Britain’s 29,000 chartered physiotherapists help millions of people manage the effects of illness, accidents and the stresses and strains of everyday life.  Whether you’re young or old, active or taking it easy, there’s a strong chance you could benefit from physiotherapy at some point. Half of us, for instance, will suffer from back pain at some stage in our lives.  This information Explains what physiotherapy is and how it can help you.

 

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential.  It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.  Physiotherapists also have an important role in rehabilitation, for example, helping people who have had strokes to relearn basic movements.  However, Physiotherapists don’t just offer treatment, their advice can help you prevent problems returning or even happening in the first place.

 

What types of problem can physiotherapy help?

Virtually any condition that affects your muscles, joints or nerves.  Common problems that can be helped by physiotherapy include:

 

 

What does the treatment involve?

Before any action is taken, the physiotherapist will assess your condition, diagnose the problem and help you understand what’s wrong.  They will work with you to develop an effective treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle, leisure activities and general health.  This will include advice on how you can help yourself, for example, you may be shown exercises that you can do between treatment sessions.  Where appropriate, physiotherapists also advise careers how  they can help.

 

Chartered physiotherapists use a variety of treatments.

 

For example:

 

 

How effective is physiotherapy?

Chartered Physiotherapists measure their clinical effectiveness by the same standards applied  to other health professionals, including doctors and nurses.  This is done through independent research to prove that physiotherapy works.  For example, studies show that exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation, led by physiotherapist, results in a reduction of sudden death rates after a heart attack by 25 per cent.  There is also strong evidence that physiotherapy is an effective treatment for back pain.

 

To ensure physiotherapists across the country apply equally high standards, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the professional body representing physiotherapists, circulates guidelines based on research to all its members.

 

Publication courtesy of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, please see the CSP website for further information.

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