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Physiotherapy and Pilates for Rehabilitation

There are countless injuries and accidents that can leave you in need of rehabilitation to recover. These range from sprained ankles and fractures, to pulled muscles and back injuries. All of them make daily life difficult and can leave you limping and struggling to get around and all of them can lead to more injuries if you don’t get them seen too. This is where physiotherapy and Pilates come in and can help to encourage your recovery and get you back on your feet in no time. Here we will look at the benefits of physiotherapy and Pilates, exactly how they work, and why it’s such a good idea to use these methods to improve your health when you can.

First of all we will look at each thing and what it does.

Physiotherapy:

In physiotherapy you will be manipulated and massaged in such a way that can help you to reduce swelling and regain movement. A the same time a physiotherapist can identify the exact problem and where it exist, and can then help to prescribe any suggested medication or therapy. A physiotherapist will also help you by prescribing you with exercises to try yourself at home. This ‘homework’ will help you to strengthen your muscles and to regain movement in the joints and to ease pain. Physiotherapists are not to be confused with chiropractors who operate with similar ends in mind but through different minds – viewing all damage as being fixable through manipulation of the spine. Physiotherapy is generally the more scientifically accepted approach.

Pilates:

Pilates is very different from physiotherapy or chiropractice and is more similar to yoga – involving a range of exercises that you perform in a class and then alone at home that can help with all manner of complaints. Pilates focuses specifically on improving your core strength which can add support for your body, on improving flexibility, and on encouraging the correct stance/posture.

Why?

So why should you use such methods for rehabilitation? Well first of all because it will get you back on your feet as early as possible, helping you to overcome the pain and regain full range of movement. At the same time though it will also help by preventing further damage – which is perhaps the most important point.

This is because injuring yourself and not getting rehabilitation can very likely lead to further damage. One way this can happen is through continued use of the damaged area. For instance you might find that you end up continuing to bend over at work with a bad back, or continuing to jog with a bad ankle. This then prevents the area from being able to heal, but the continued pressure can also cause stress fractures to worsen and not give the immune system the time it needs to help. If you’ve weakened an area and don’t get it seen to, it also makes you more likely to fall again or to hurt yourself through distraction which could have been prevented with physiotherapy or Pilates.

Furthermore no injury is isolated, and something as simple as twisting your ankle has large implications for the rest of your body.


Source by Pauline B Dukoff


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