By: Nima Rajan
You might be surprised to know that you might actually benefit from physiotherapy even though you think you don’t need it. Physiotherapy has come a long way from its traditional role of a paramedical therapy that was only useful for post trauma treatment.
Everyday work activities like driving or standing for extended periods of time, sitting on your desk in a poor posture, lifting boxes, or carrying bags around can all cause the onset of early arthritic changes. Many of the light physical activities like household work can also cause our bones to degenerate in the long run.
Going for early physiotherapy sessions can help alleviate and prevent the onset on many of these degenerative affects.
Physiotherapy can be particularly beneficial for pregnant and pre-natal women. Most women experience a lot of aches and pains during pregnancy, which are caused because the body has to learn how to support added weight. Pains also occur because the body’s centre of balance can shift multiple times in a relatively short period of time during pregnancy. All this can result in strain and stress on muscles and joints.
A physiotherapist led exercise program can help in strengthening your body, preparing it to carry the additional weight of the child, provide relief to the lower back, reduce strain on soft tissue and the likelihood of injury.
Coming back to post-accident trauma: after a car accident, because of the adrenaline and your body’s natural response to trauma (which is swelling up), you will not feel the full onset of physiological pain for up to a week; this can cause problems with the alignment of the spine.
Hence it is recommended to get a physiotherapy assessment done right after facing any sort of accident.
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