If you’ve been injured before, or are suffering from a chronic condition, chances are that your doctor has recommended physiotherapy. It’s not an uncommon practice: According to the US Labor Statistics, Physical therapy is a growing practice that will expand by 28% in the coming years.

 

How can it help, though? Who is it for?

 

Well, it’s for everyone. Some might argue that it’s only an option for the younger and the more spry of us, but it’s still a very strong option for elders and the disabled, too, keeping those creaky bones in order and managing pain for long-term care.

Physiotherapy can help with pain management

This is probably one of the more well-known benefits. Enduring chronic pain is upsetting for anyone, but therapy can help mitigate the worst of it. If you suffer from stiffness and aches all over your body, you could use a Paraffin bath, for example, or a heating pad for larger areas of effect.

Physiotherapy can help improve your movement

Physical therapists don’t just handle sports injuries and pain; they can help with mobility issues, too. On top of traditional movement therapy, they can prescribe canes or rollaters (think of it like a really fancy walker) to help you get around.

 

Moving your body around will help keep the blood flowing, and give you that exercise you so desperately need. It can also prevent future injuries.

Physiotherapy can help deal with incontinence

Look, I know. Nobody wants to hear about or deal with incontinence, but it is something that’s worth bringing up. Incontinence can come from a variety of factors, and it can happen to someone of any age.

Therapists, through kegel exercises or biofeedback, can strengthen the muscles and help prevent accidents.

Physiotherapy can help with chronic conditions

 

Physiotherapy can help with not only the above issues, but with chronic conditions like Diabetes, too. Obviously the solution depends on the condition, but for Diabetes, a therapist can assist with movement therapy (if the patient is experiencing complications due to neuropathy), and prescribe creams and footwear that make the symptoms easier as well.

 

In the end, it is up to you and your doctor whether or not you decide to go through with physiotherapy, and consulting a medical professional prior to making any appointment is always the best practice.

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