We all love to stay fit and in shape. However, just like global warming, procrastination is a major issue, which affects individuals on a personal level. You may think medication will help cure the condition, but only temporarily. Physical therapy helps people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their normal ability to move. It helps patients return to their advanced level of physical functioning. Here are some ways in which physiotherapy can help you maintain your fitness.
Restores and increases strength
Due to certain injuries or illnesses, you are bound to loose a bit of your strength. This may be caused due to weakness and inactivity. The exercises involved in physiotherapy helps an individual restore strength, especially in the affected areas.
Improves your mobility
If you have had surgery or suffered injury recently, movement may be difficult and painful due to scar tissue. Scar tissue can develop and permanently impede movement in as little as 12 to 18 weeks.Physiotherapy can help minimize the development of scar tissue through exercises that stretch and strengthen the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments.Stretching and strengthening exercises help restore your ability to move.
Improve your balance and prevent falls
When you begin physical therapy, you will get screened for fall risk. If you’re at high risk for falls, therapists will provide exercises that mimic real-life situations. Therapists also help you with exercises to improve coordination of the body as a whole.
Way to eliminate pain and avoid surgery
Hands-on therapy or treatments such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation can help relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function to reduce low back pain. If physical therapy helps you eliminate pain or heal from an injury, surgery may not be needed. And even if surgery is required, you may benefit from pre-surgery physical therapy.It will allow you to recover from surgery faster because you’re stronger prior to it.
Recover from or prevent a sports injury
Different sports can lead to, or increase your risk for specific types of injuries, such as stress fractures for distance runners. Physiotherapists understand that, which is why they are able to design appropriate recovery or prevention exercise programs for you.
Prevents age related issues
Aging does have its effect on your body. As you grow older, your muscles, limbs and ligaments become more prone to injury. As you age, you may develop arthritis or osteoporosis or need a joint replacement. Physical therapy can effectively keep older patients more mobile and provide necessary braces or support if required. .
Manage heart and lung disease - While most patients will complete cardiac rehabilitation after a heart attack or procedure, you also may receive physical therapy if your daily functioning is affected.
Physical therapy is known to improve your health, quality of life, and fitness level. If you are looking for professional physiotherapy, consult our team of experts at HCR Calgary.