For muscular pain and injury, physiotherapy with a professional can help to rehabilitate, and improve movement, strength and flexibility. Physiotherapists treat injury through physical manipulation, such as exercise and massage.
The physiotherapist will start with an assessment to diagnose the problem and come up with a plan to help you cope with and alleviate the pain. There are several branches of physiotherapy, but a musculoskeletal or orthopaedic physiotherapist is the one to treat issues like sprains or back pain. A physiotherapist can also treat tension headaches, caused by tension in the neck or soft tissues, and prevent them from occurring in the future.
Treatment can involve a range of physical techniques, tailored to an individual’s needs, including:
- Manual therapies: e.g. joint manipulation and mobilisation, manual resistance training, stretching, etc.
- Exercises: e.g. programs aimed to strengthen, train and stretch muscles
- Electrotherapy: e.g. laser therapy, ultrasound, etc.
You do not need a referral to see a physiotherapist and can find them in:
- Community health centres
- Private practices
- Sports clubs
- Rehabilitation centres
- Fitness centres, and
- The workplace.
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