Physiotherapy is focused on evaluating, restoring and maintaining physical function and mobility. Glen Abbey Physiotherapy prevents many physical problems caused by illness, disease, sport and work related injury, aging, and long periods of inactivity. Athletes are always moving and pushing the limits and all this stress and exhaustion takes a toll on your health. Many athletes suffer from pain whether it’s from “wear and tear” or from a sports related injury. Physical therapists can be involved in the care of athletes from recreational to professional and Olympians. This area of practice includes athletic injury management, including acute care, treatment and rehabilitation and education to prevent further injury and pain. Physiotherapists use many techniques both when they assess and treat a patient.
The success of a physiotherapist is determined by their ability to assess or examine an individual’s physical limitations, plan a suitable action plan to return the patient to their highest level of function, and to implement that plan using a variety of strategies. Physiotherapists encourage ongoing preventative self-help techniques and provide patients with helpful information, advice and exercises to use in their home and work to ultimately decrease the need for them to visit the physiotherapist. During the physical assessment, examination of posture, movement and if any abnormalities are felt. Often, reflexes, sensation and strength are also tested as well as balance occasionally.
This therapy is used by many athletes that will be featured in the London 2012 Olympics. The pain and aches of training constantly are one of the many challenges competitive athletes have to overcome with the help of physiotherapy. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from this effective form of treatment. Whether you have been inactive for some time and trying to get back into shape or determined to achieve the impossible, physiotherapy will assist you in obtaining your objectives.