Physiotherapy is not particularly reserved for athletes, or as a part of rehabilitation for severe accident, illness or injury, but it can be employed for better health of your musculoskeletal system. Pain is the signal from your body that all is not well. To keep your body in an optimal working condition, be on the lookout for these 5 signs that indicate the need for physiotherapy.
1. Loss of balance issues
The vestibular system is your body’s balance system that is controlled by intricate structures in your inner ear. Loss of balance can be as a result of issues with your inner ear(trauma, infection). Any conditions or problems that might affect the inner ear can wreak havoc on your balance with a range of symptoms like dizziness and vertigo. A physiotherapy treatment called Vestibular rehabilitation is a physiotherapy treatment which can be used to overcome these symptoms. After an initial assessment to assess your specific needs, a physiotherapist can design a series of head, neck and eye exercises that will help to recondition your central nervous system to compensate for the inner ear problems. This rehabilitation therapy can be used both as an alternative to surgery as well as an adjunctive therapy along with surgery for inner ear conditions.
2. Experiencing pain at work
Sitting in a similar posture on your desk for long periods often results in backache, headache and neck pain. Staying in the same posture for long time intervals causes our muscles and joints to strain, resulting in pain. Taking regular breaks from your desk, small walk within your office space and stretching your neck, upper back and arms can be really helpful to avoid straining of the muscles.
3. Constant pain
When a person suffers from an injury, feeling a certain amount of pain is normal which would eventually subside with time as the tissue heals. Think of a sprained ankle, for example. It would hurt for some time and will cause a limp for a few weeks, but as the ligaments heal the pain should decrease until you are back to normal. The problem arises when the pain doesn’t settle with time and becomes chronic. This is particularly commonly seen with lower back and neck pain and can be attributed to a variety of factors.
A physiotherapist can assess the issue in such cases and devise a customized treatment plan including targeted exercise and rehabilitation programs that will ease your suffering and helps in healing.
Treatments for pain can include pain education, massages, manipulation and exercises that will help you support the injured body part properly and prevent it from happening again.
4. Limited range of motion
If you’ve noticed that your range of motion is reduced or has become limited- you might benefit from seeing a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists can assess the problem and according to your treatment needs, provide a series of exercises that will strengthen the supporting tissues and relax the muscles- enabling you to slowly increase your movement and flexibility.
5. Uncontrolled urination
Urinary incontinence (the uncontrolled passing of urine) is quite common, but not to worry, there is a solution. Stress incontinence and urge incontinence are the two main types of urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence happens when your bladder is under pressure, like when you cough or sneeze.
Urge incontinence is unintentional leaking out of urine as you feel a sudden, intense urge to pass urine, or soon afterward. Pelvic floor exercises can help improve with these problems, particularly for stress incontinence sufferers. Sudden occurrence of urinary incontinence, is out of character and can be happening if you are currently suffering from spinal or nerve leg pain. In such cases, consult with a doctor immediately to rule out the potential of any more serious conditions.
At Fountain Wellness we employ a wide range of techniques performed by our qualified, skilled and accredited professionals to help you achieve better physical health. We offer a number of services to help relieve your pain and properly treat it at our clinics. Contact our team at Fountain Wellness today to book an appointment.