Physical Therapy is a scientific form of assessment and
treatment of musclo-skeletal dysfunction using a combination of hands-on
techniques including massage and stretching. Physical Therapy focuses
treatment primarily on soft tissue elements of the body and in doing
so aims to improve muscular and joint mobility, increase vascular and
lymphatic flow and decrease the pain associated with many types of
musculoskeletal strains. Sporting injuries and work related postural
strains are common examples of this.
What to expect when you visit a Physical Therapist?
Physical Therapy involves working in collaboration
with you; the client to establish the underlying cause of musculoskeletal
pain and dysfunction and to effectively restore balance and optimal
function within the musculoskeletal system.
During your first visit, a thorough case history is taken and
a detailed physical examination and assessment of the musculoskeletal
system are carried out, utilising a wealth of scientific assessment
techniques. Following a detailed analysis of the findings and in
consultation with you, a treatment plan is designed specifically
to meet your needs. With informed consent, treatment commences
and incorporates a skilful integration of a wide variety of soft
tissue and particular therapeutic techniques appropriate to you
and your condition.
Time is spent helping you to understand how the condition evolved
/ occurred, discussing advice and guidance as to how you should
manage your condition and prevent recurrence. Subsequent visits
will include an evaluation of the treatment progress and where
necessary, alteration of the treatment as a result of the evaluation
made. Examination findings, proposed treatment plan and modifications
to treatment are discussed with the client at all times.
The number of treatments required will depend on many factors
- The length of time the symptoms have been present.
- The amount of damage / tissue change occurred.
- The clients own physiological healing capability.
- The clients own response to the treatment.
- And how diligently the patient follows his/her specifically
designed home care programme.
Who can benefit from Physical Therapy?
Movement, function and quality of life are all constantly
being threatened by the aging process, injury and disease, occupational,
academic and leisure activities. Our health and well being are always
measured by our capacity to move freely and without pain. Pain and
dysfunction, to some degree, will affect us all in our daily lives.
Unfortunately, some are affected more than others.
Physical Therapy through its whole-body assessment approach establishes
the underlying cause of the musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
The physical therapist treats the cause of the problem, eliminating
the symptoms and restoring balance to the muscles, supporting connective
tissue and joints of the body, thus creating structural changes
that help the client return to pain free activities of daily living.
Physical Therapy is a hands-on, drug-free healthcare and is particularly
suited to sports persons at all levels in injury prevention and
treatment as part of performance enhancement and training. The
physical therapist, through 'Physical Therapy practice and management',
provides a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions.
Some of the common symptoms/ conditions addressed by the therapist
- Chronic pain
- Back pain
- Sports injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Breathing pattern dysfunction
- Abdominal discomfort
- Foot and ankle conditions
- Hip and knee conditions
- Shoulder and elbow conditions
- Wrist and hand conditions
- Postural strain
- Spinal dysfunction
- Pelvic dysfunction