Best Physiotherapy Treatments and Techniques
We’ll start this post with an important reminder – while many massage techniques can be practiced safely at home, some of the treatments and techniques mentioned can be complex and are always best performed by a trained physiotherapist, like our physio team based in Wokingham.
The word physiotherapy is defined as the treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods, rather than drugs or surgery. This alone gives you an insight into what it means to be a physiotherapist, as well as just how wide our net is thrown. After all, treating a running injury is very different to handling a complex form of arthritis, and yet both are undertaken by an individual or team who hold the same job title. But why?
Physiotherapists are trained to encourage and facilitate recovery, through direct treatments and prevention techniques – all based on physical manipulation rather than medication. Some of the best treatments encourage heavy involvement of the patients themselves by educating them in the origin of their injury, the exercises they can do to avoid further issue, and awareness of the options available to them.
The first set of treatments employed by trained physiotherapists are based on hands-on techniques – including massages, stretching and joint manipulation. These may seem like actions you can go through yourself, but increasing joint mobility and flexibility is something that is best performed with the support and expertise of a trained therapist, with a focus on pushing the body slightly beyond its limits in an effort to increase existing boundaries. The range of massages available at the hands of a physiotherapist are tailored to overcome different challenges or issues, particularly sports massage which is perhaps the best treatment when it comes to long-term aches and pains in the muscles.
Many of the physio’s in Wokingham and around the UK also offer taping services; utilising a specially made sports tape that assists muscle function. You will often see this form of treatment at play if watching a marathon or similar long-distance event, with many runners opting for sports taping around the knee, ankle, or other vulnerable area of the body in an effort to stabilise it. That’s not to say that taping can’t be used outside of a sporting injury, as despite being named in light of a challenge arising from sports activity, taping is a popular means of supporting more generally injured joints.
We then come on to exercises, which physiotherapists use to strengthen the muscles and introduce regular activity and movement back into the patient’s routine – particularly after an injury has occurred. Some of the best and most effective exercises are the simplest ones, including various daily stretches, basic walking routines and other recommendations. Swimming is one of the most all-round positive exercises for the entire body, as the water resistance provides excellent grounds to utilise all the bodies muscles while retaining a weightless and quite soothing feel.
Here at Empire Physiotherapy one of our main focuses is on workplace wellbeing, commonly known as DSE. The DSE assessment is one of the most important packages we offer for workplace physiotherapy, as the assessment identifies any red flags in the day to day posture of employees and enables them to receive support with overcoming any challenges or long-term issues. By contacting our physio team in Wokingham you can bring us in to complete a DSE assessment for your entire team, including vital follow up for any employees who have concerns about their physical wellbeing at work.
In short, physiotherapists are like mechanics for the human body – identifying problems and tailoring treatments and solutions. Most teams will work with you to tailor a treatment plan that fits in with your lifestyle, including a picture of active recovery and rehabilitation, rest and support.