There are over 15, 600 physiotherapists across Canada according to the most recent statistics. More then likely there are at least a few physiotherapy clinics where you live. But even with the physio profession as large scale as it currently is, it's surprising at how little most people know about what a physio does. What about you? If someone walked up to you on the street and asked you what a physiotherapist does, would you know what tell that person? Many people are unsure or have misconceptions about the role of a physio. This article addresses a few of the most common misconceptions or "myths" about the profession. But first, it is important to point out that physiotherapists are licensed professionals who have completed a bachelor's or a master's degree and are specialized in treating various kinds of disorders, pain and injuries from a recognized university physiotherapy program.
Being a physical therapist is a rewarding profession. One can help patients recovering from accidents or surgery, so that their recovery becomes more than just about survival. Hopefully, they will be able to recover most of their normal functions, and maybe even live healthier lives than they did before. There are a variety of different techniques at a physical therapist's disposal. Sometimes, physical therapy is done entirely "by hand, " in the sense of lifting a patient about in bed, perhaps just to help them move from a lying to a sitting position. Other times, physical therapy takes place in a pool, so that the patient's muscles may gradually get used to carrying his/her own weight without having to deal with the full load all at once.
Many of the most serious illnesses brought to the attention of healthcare professionals involve the respiratory system. One of these is emphysema, which is all the more grave because the damage is irreversible. Furthermore, the disease is progressive. The best thing to do is to use a combination of methods, including breathing exercises, in order to slow down the gradual degradation of lung functions. Breathing exercises may not be effective on their own, but they may lessen the need for more aggressive methods, thus enabling the patient to live a more normal lifestyle. Then again, not all respiratory ailments will benefit from breathing exercise.
Physical therapy is perhaps the best natural weapon a person has against any medical condition they might face. Everyone can undertake it, and everyone can benefit from it. It's not something that has hidden side effects, or liver damaging issues like some medications. Best of all it can be done from the comfort of your own home. In most medical cases physical therapy is used to help rehabilitate people who have had broken bones, joint replacement, and joint surgery. However it can also be used to help in almost every other medical condition save for infections and viruses. For example, when a person has a joint replaced or operated on it's obviously going to take some time to heal.
Although exercise might well be the last thing on your mind when you have a shoulder impingement, the right exercises can help to solve the problem and bring back full pain free movement. The important thing is the timing. You need to understand the nature of the injury and a little about the shoulder to see how shoulder impingement exercises can help. The shoulder is a complex joint. There are seventeen different muscles that are classed as belonging to the shoulder joint and twenty two different muscles involved in moving the shoulder. The shoulder is a very shallow ball and socket joint. Think of it almost like a soccer ball balanced on a plate.
A Frozen Shoulder treatment should always include specific rotator cuff exercises to be implemented in the thawing phase of the disorder. Adhesive Capsulitis is one of the most difficult and disabling conditions of the shoulder joint, affecting mobility and range of motion. It strikes individuals over 40, more women than man in a ratio of 2 to 1 and it is not clear yet how exactly a frozen shoulder occurs, though links to diabetes and/or being overweight are proven. This is not a stone carved rule, as Adhesive Capsulitis can develop in slim or non diabetic individuals or as a consequence of injury. Inflammations such as Bursitis and Tendonitis or a tear can lead to scarring of the capsule tissue surrounding the shoulder joint.