Physiotherapy and Wellbeing
What Is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing is sought by everyone. It is a general term which could loosely be described as happiness and satisfaction with life, good health, prosperity, and a sense of purpose. All aspects of our lives have an impact on our wellbeing, from the quality of our relationships, where we live, our vocations to our exercise habits and physical health. Wellbeing is important for all of us. On an individual level and for society in general as a whole; greater general wellbeing in a population means fewer sick days are taken from work and the burden placed on health public health systems is reduced.
Why Is Physical Wellbeing So Important?
Our physical wellbeing refers to the ability to improve the functioning of the body via exercise, movement, and healthy living. Not being able to engage in physical activity due to an injury or a chronic illness, can have a knock-on effect on the rest of our health and all other aspects of our wellbeing, affecting our work, emotional and social wellbeing; all of which makes it extremely important to invest in physical wellbeing. Although the link between physical and mental health is widely accepted, it is however, sometimes overlooked.
Many physical complaints are a result of musculoskeletal disorders, such issues affect millions of people across the world. They range in severity but ultimately, severely impact quality of life. One of the most important and successful forms of treatment for physical health issues, is physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy – A Holistic Treatment
A holistic treatment, physiotherapy looks at the individual as a whole, taking into consideration all aspects of the person, the ‘biopsychosocial model’, not merely the physical symptoms. It is recognised as a conventional therapy that describes a person-centred approach focused on exercise and movement and supported by self-management. It can help to reduce the negative impacts of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and plays an integral role in the treatment and rehabilitation of numerous disorders and injuries which include sports injuries, muscle and joint pain, men and women’s health, neurological disorders, post-surgical rehabilitation, and numerous other chronic illnesses. Physiotherapy is founded on research-based techniques that are proven to reduce symptoms, pain and improve function using exercise.
How Can It Help?
Physiotherapy encompasses the study of the body’s biomechanics. During a consultation the physiotherapist can assess symptoms, strength movement and muscle pattern, then devise a plan to optimise overall body mechanics and subsequently reduce painful symptoms. This can help to prevent future injuries as well as improving potential life quality.
People develop musculoskeletal problems for a number of reasons, it may be a result of specific injuries and illnesses, genetics, poor posture, poor exercise technique, overuse, age-related degenerative disorders or occupation for example. Physiotherapists use a range of exercises, stretches, hands on manipulation and other techniques, to help patients improve flexibility, movement, and strength, allowing them to continue to engage in their regular physical activities and remain active; something which contributes directly to overall wellbeing.
Our Physiotherapy Services
Our highly experienced team of physiotherapists are well qualified in their field to ensure that each individual patient receives suitable treatment and exercise programmes to help improve mobility, function, and strength, and to build positive fitness and lifestyle habits.
We offer a range of physiotherapy related services which treat a variety of conditions. At ProPhysiotherapy, we ensure that our patients get the most from their treatment. For more information, get in touch today.