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4 Benefits of Physiotherapy You Need to Know

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The chances of being injured are usually high if you are involved in sports or in outdoor activities. Sometimes the problem may be serious enough that you are left with no other option except physiotherapy. Simply put, physiotherapy involves the treatment and healing of the injured part of body and the potential prevention of further injury. It is also known as physical therapy. Physiotherapy helps maximize body movement, function, as well as its potential. There are several types of physiotherapy, including:

  • Orthopedic
  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary
  • Geriatric
  • Pediatric

The type of physiotherapy you require is recommended by the therapist himself depending upon the ailment or the injury you have sustained.

4 Main Benefits of Physiotherapy:

(a) Treatment of Incontinence:

It is often embarrassing to be unable to control your bowl or bladder function, no matter how old you may be. Incontinence refers to the frequent need to go to the washroom. Incontinence may occur in the following areas:

  • Bowl
  • Urinary
  • Fecal

Main Cause of Incontinence:

The main cause of incontinence is a weak pelvic floor muscle that creates problems in controlling bowl or bladder movement. Consequently, the person may benefit from physiotherapy.


In such a problem the patient is taught some specific physiotherapy techniques to help strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. To manage the weakness, special diet plans are provided to the patient and they may also instruct them to increase their liquid intake.


(b) Treating Asthma:

It is usually a surprise for most people when they learn that physiotherapy can help control asthma. Asthma causes people to lose control over their breathing, especially during an attack.


A physiotherapist can provide you with some effective body movements to help you breath in a peaceful manner. They can also provide you with guidance on how to deal with the symptoms of:

  • Excess mucus
  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Wheezing

All of these techniques may be beneficial in helping you to relax your asthma attack tenfold.

(c) Help Relieving Neck and Back Pain:

Today, many of us work in jobs that require long hours of sitting in the same position on a chair. Such posture can cause back and neck pain. Apparently such pains have no deep roots but may cause severe pain and create problems in our daily movement. With the help of an expert physiotherapist you can alleviate and possibly remove this pain from your life in such a way that you may never experience it again.


First of all the root cause will be thoroughly investigated. Once the cause is determined, along with exercise, some manual treatment as well as acupuncture may also be advised.

(d) Shorten the Recovery Time:

Injuries that involve muscles, joints, or ligaments, are often best treated with physiotherapy. This treatment method is the most suitable because it yields the fastest results in the recovery of the patient. If you get injured and your muscles have become stiff, hard, and immobile you should seek the advice of a physiotherapist instead of depending  solely on a drug treatment. This will likely ease the problem significantly while shortening the recovery time as well.


Always seek the advice of a qualified professional physiotherapist, otherwise you could face adverse consequences and make your problem even more complicated.

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