A physical therapist is a trained and licensed medical professional with experience in diagnosing physical abnormalities, restoring physical function and mobility, maintaining physical function, and promoting physical activity and proper function.
Whether or not you undergo surgery, an essential part of recovery from an accident is physical therapy.
- Fix defective movement patterns: Physical therapy will help to resolve the underlying pain-related symptoms if you have an injury or chronic pain. It can not only offer relief from discomfort, but it can also help you make corrections to avoid ongoing issues. Physical therapy is also sufficient to handle an injury and get you back into the game.
- Preventing scar tissue build-up: It is common for scar tissue to develop after an injury or surgery; however, it is necessary to avoid the build-up of this scar tissue because it may cause discomfort and tightness. In order to avoid this build-up and ensure that the accumulation of scar tissue does not hinder healing, physical therapists use stretching and other manual techniques.
- Stretch tight muscles and joints: For maintaining flexibility and range of motion, stretching is important. An effective stretching regimen will be planned for you by your physical therapist.
- Strengthen: Strengthening exercises help reinforce the musculature around you, which can help minimise joint pressure. Physical therapy can help you strengthen the muscles and surrounding muscles associated with your injury. Sometimes, imbalances in strength contribute to injury.
Training to be a physical therapist
During several years of training, physical therapists study areas such as biology, anatomy, cellular histology, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, behavioural sciences, cardiovascular and pulmonary, endocrine and metabolic, and musculoskeletal studies.
Physical therapists can specialise in fields such as:
- Cardiovascular and pulmonary health
- Health for older people
- Neurology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, sports physical therapy, and women’s health.
Now that you know a little more about what a physical therapist does, it is time to go over why physical therapy is important for YOU!
- Avoid surgery
- Prevent injuries
- Reduce pain
Thanks to all our physiotherapists for all your hard work, we see you, we appreciate you!