What is Physiotherapy:
Physiotherapy uses physical exercises and movements to treat and manage a disability or illness to assist them with their independence for as long as possible. Exercises are tailored to ones condition and may focus upon improving strength, balance or co-ordination.
Benefits of Physiotherapy:
– Improves joint movement
– Increases strength and mobility
– Improves cardio-respiratory function
– Better balance and co-ordination
– Maintain an individuals independence as far as possible
Who can benefit:
This type of therapy can be used to treat a plethora of conditions and injuries whether it is simply a sprain or a complex disability such as Muscular Dystrophy.
Does Physio work for Muscular Dystrophy?
Physiotherapists work with individuals with Muscular Dystrophy to keep muscles flexible and strong in addition to encouraging physical movement and mobility for optimal function throughout their lifespan. Physios are able to work with other healthcare professionals such as Occupational Therapists to recommend equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, standing frames and walking aids.
Is this therapy for me?
If you are unsure if this is the therapy for you, watch the video below to see what a session involves:
It is also important to note that Physiotherapy should become part of a daily routine outside the therapy room. Your therapist should be able to create a personalised exercise plan for you to practice at home perhaps with the assistance of a family member or support worker.
Is Physiotherapy available on the NHS?
Yes, the NHS are able to provide free sessions after a needs assessment is completed by a qualified physiotherapist. More infomation can be found on your local NHS Trust website.
If you are willing to pay for private treatment, companies such as Exeter Physio have specialist physiotherapists on hand to tailor sessions to your exact requirements.
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