Physiotherapy refers to the treatment of a disease or injury by physical methods, rather than medicinal methods. This could include massage therapy or exercises. These techniques are aimed at restoring a person’s range of movement and muscle flexibility after they suffer a musculoskeletal dysfunction.
If you are dealing with a major injury, or have just had invasive surgery, your doctor may recommend that you seek physical therapy to promote wellbeing and healing.
Some ailments that physical therapy may help with include:
- Sports-related injuries such as a tennis elbow
- Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis
- Cardiopulmonary conditions such as cystic fibrosis
Here are a few reasons why you should not skip physiotherapy after a surgery or a major injury:
If you had surgery on a joint, shoulder, or knee cap, it could cause a considerable amount of stiffness in that area. In order to prevent muscular dystrophy, you need to perform physical exercises. Massaging the area may also help circulation and faster healing.
You should refrain from sudden movements, but slight exercises and stretches will restore mobility in those muscles and strengthen them.
According to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, physical therapy restores mobility after it’s been lost due to trauma or a disease such as multiple sclerosis.
Some exercises, depending on what is being worked on, can relieve pain in the joints and tissues. Such therapeutic exercises not only ease pain for the time being but may also permanently get rid of the pain.