How a good Physiotherapist can help you to fight your body pain?
Accurate description of “Pain” has always been challenging for the scientists due to its complex and subjective nature. Pain not only has physical but emotional aspects as well and may not be necessarily associated with tissue damage or disease. It is a major symptom in many medical conditions, and can interfere with a person’s quality of life and general functioning.
What is Physiotherapy?
Quite often, Physiotherapy is considered by some people as part of less proven “alternative treatments” which is not true. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) describes Physiotherapy as services provided by physiotherapists to individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. A Physiotherapist can help in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors and with the understanding that functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.
How can a Physiotherapist help you?
A qualified Physiotherapist would first do a comprehensive examination/assessment and then evaluate the findings to make clinical judgments regarding your condition triggering pain. Physiotherapists look at the whole picture and not just the pain area which is very important to zero down the dysfunctions that are usually the cause of pain patterns in human body. He/she would then formulate a diagnosis, prognosis and customize a plan of treatment. A customized plan is important because every individual is different and so is their perception of pain. Treatments incorporate strategies to manage pain so that it has less effect on the person’s function and lifestyle. This may include muscle strengthening and re-patterning of muscles causing dysfunction, stretching, mobilization techniques to improve joint movement, dry-needling, Kinesio-taping and electro-modalities such as Trans-cutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Interferential current (IFC), Ultrasound (US) to name a few.
A Danish study of women with osteoporosis whose chronic pain was linked to spinal compression fractures found that patients used significantly less pain medication and reported improved quality of life after just 10 weeks of a physiotherapy program designed to improve balance and stabilize the lumbar spine.
What are the pain conditions that a Physiotherapist can help treating?
• Sports related injuries
• Temporo-mandibular (jaw) joint dysfunction
• Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
• Myofascial pain syndrome
• Neuropathic pain
• Back, neck or pelvic pain due to poor posture, muscle strain or arthritis.
At Pure European Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, our well-qualified Physiotherapists focus on easing pain and re-establishing optimal function to help you get back to life. Do not let pain become the normal in your life, choose function. See one of our Physiotherapists today.
Amrita George (MPT)
Pure Health Dubai.