By: Christa Mazzuca, MScPT
Are you experiencing joint or muscle pain? Recovering from an injury? Or just want to move better? Aside from supporting you through rehabilitation post injury, a physiotherapist can guide you to use your body efficiently and in a way that puts the least amount of strain on it - all so you can better perform your daily activities!
Our jobs, chores and social activities all put demands on our body. Physical therapy can help improve your mobility, strength, posture and body mechanics to ultimately enhance your function for these tasks.
Having poor posture or putting strain on your joints will amplify these demands. Having good body mechanics will making moving easier since your bones and muscles will be in their optimum positions. So, what's important is HOW you are moving; this can be assessed by a physiotherapist and then you can be given tips on how to improve.
Individualized exercises can help address any muscle imbalances and develop strength to help you work toward a great posture, which can also be applied to movement. A physio can supervise you through your exercises to make sure you are doing them correctly and progress them as you improve.
Different techniques like soft tissue work and acupuncture can help work with your body's natural mechanisms to promote recovery and healing. For example, acupuncture does this by increasing blood flow, muscle relaxation and nerve stimulation.
So in summary, benefits of physical therapy include:
1. Improved posture and body-mechanics
2. Improved strength and mobility
3. Improved function
4. Quicker healing and recovery
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