How physiotherapy could benefit you in 2018

The benefits of physiotherapy are multiple. Whether used to treat work and sporting injuries, or cardiopulmonary and neurological conditions, physiotherapy treatment has a proven positive impact on recovery and wellbeing. Never considered physiotherapy as a treatment option before now? Maybe make it your New Years’ resolution to give it a go!

 

1)      It improves joint mobility

Physiotherapists will often recommend exercises that will help improve your mobility and joint function. Some of these may be targeted to increase movement in a certain area, or they may involve moving your whole body by walking or swimming. Whether you’re recovering from an injury that is affecting your mobility, or are working to maintain or increase a certain level of physical activity, physiotherapy can help you achieve your goals in a safe and effective way. We will host Pilates classes at our clinic, and will also offer a range of personal training services. Our onsite gym means that patients will have an easy means to get moving.

 

2)      It improves strength and coordination

Physios often use strengthening exercises to safely overload the muscle until it is fatigued, therefore encouraging muscle growth and strength. This reduces the risk of injury to joints and tissues, improves quality of movement, increases energy efficiency and gives you more control over your movement. For many patients this has a huge impact on their confidence, as they feel safe in the knowledge that they are stronger, lither, better coordinated, and therefore less susceptible to injuries and falls.

 

3)      It increases cardio capacity

Exercise greatly increases cardio capacity and respiratory function, making prolonged periods of activity easier and more comfortable. This is great for everyone, but particularly for people suffering from pulmonary conditions such as COPD and asthma. Our pulmonary rehab clinic will aim to reduce breathlessness, build muscle strength, improve fitness and help patients manage their condition more effectively, so that they can live as normal a life as possible.

 

4)      It’s a great method of pain relief

Physiotherapy as a discipline encompasses a huge range of treatments, but most of these have the common goal of relieving pain and discomfort. Be it a deep tissue massage for sore muscles, dry needling or acupuncture for back and neck pain, Shockwave treatment for muscles and tendons or Cryotherapy, there will be a way in which physio treatment can relieve pain. Pain can be extremely exhausting, so we will run a chronic pain programme which is designed especially to help patients manage their symptoms.

 

5)      You won’t have to wait as long for an appointment

In comparison to a GP’s surgery, the waiting list for physiotherapy is often a lot shorter if you book the appointment with our clinic directly. Waiting for a referral from a GP is a long and drawn out process, whereas self-referral means you can be seen and treated quickly, and therefore will be feeling better in no time at all. You’ll also be able to make an appointment for a time that suits you, rather than missing work and other commitments to go at the time you’re given. This year, if you suspect your symptoms could be treated by a physiotherapist, give our physio clinic in Hoddesdon a call and talk to us about your condition before heading straight to a GP.