Here in this article we will attempt to explain physiotherapy in relation to back pain to set your mind and ease and so that you know exactly what to expect when seeking the help of a physio.
Make sure your physio is registered with the necessary governing bodies
Naturally, physiotherapy done to the back or any part of the body is done by a registered, qualified, certified and licensed physiotherapist such as Ben Wilde at Physio & More. He or she should have these legal documents framed and hanging in his or her office, treatment room or around the clinic for the patient’s evaluation. It important you always seek the help of a registered physiotherapist. In the UK physio’s such as Ben Wilde must be registered with the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
What happens during your initial physiotherapy consultation
Physiotherapists will commence the session by asking you lots of questions that will be very detailed regarding your injury, how it happened, where it happened and when it happened. They will also have to do some expert examining as well due to the fact that the painful area could be a result of an injury and not the part that was immediately injured, though he or she will address the area that was immediately injured as well.
Physio isn’t just the answer to a quick fix, they are there to find the root of the problem
Yes, a physio therapist may excel at being able to reduce your pain quickly, but do realize that this will only be a temporary relief until they are able to address the root cause of the injury. So the patient must let the physiotherapist do this in order to get well.
Physiotherapy – on a case by case basis
Each patient must be treated by physiotherapyon case-by-case basis. The physiotherapist will decide on which are the best effective treatments to use at the clinic. And some of these treatments may also be used by the patient at home alone to speed up recovery as advised by the directions of the physio.
What is manual therapy?
Manual therapy is an approach that involves the usage of the hands of the physiotherapist. This may refer to many types of treatment under the range of physiotherapy, but the most common ones tend to be the performance of a massage.This usually entails stretching and the performance of hands on exercises with the purpose of strengthening areas of body in order to help promote proper movement and mechanics.
Does ice help to reduce swelling and soft tissue damage?
Ice may be used when there are injuries that have been sustained which include swelling and some sort of inflammation. The ice is effective in being able to reduce inflammation due to the fact that it constricts the blood vessels after it is applied to the injured area. Ice applications may be done by the physio therapist and may also be recommended as something that can be done at home by the patient to get some relief.
Injuries that may respond better to heat over ice
Other types of injuries that involve spasms of the muscles and quite a bit of tightness respond better to heat. The application of heat is able to decrease the amount of pain quite substantially and thus the mobility is increased after some types of injuries, especially when the areas are tendons, muscles and ligaments. With the usage of heat, the tissue thus becomes more pliable and the therapist is able to stretch the injured area more effectively.
Physiotherapists using ultrasound therapy
Sometimes physiotherapists use ultrasound therapy. This method involves using a type of wand that is able to implement the usage of sound waves. Note that the sound waves are not able to be detected by the ears of the patient. There are no shrill or sharp, unpleasant noises at all. The sound waves are able to create relatively deep heat in the affected area. This type of therapy helps to increase healing to ligaments, etc. This type of therapy warms up the areas for the therapist to be able to more easily move and stretch the injured areas.