Facts about Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy Types and Techniques that will Keep You Up at Night

Physiotherapy functions to restore the movement and function of the affected limb through exercise, proper movement of the limb, manual therapy, education and advice. There are over 20 different treatment approaches commonly used by your physiotherapist.

It isn’t only limited to when your limb or body part is injured and is unable to move properly, but it can also be applied to sports and work. Sports physiotherapy is a specialized branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and issues related to sports people. An extra level of knowledge and physiotherapy skills is required to assist recovery, prevent injury and improve performance. For work physiotherapy, ergonomics comes to play. Ergonomics is the study of how people work fit in their environment. Ergonomic improvements don’t have to require special and expensive equipment. They are there to assist and guide you to implement the proper posture needed so as to improve your health while working. Your physiotherapist must be trained in common hands on therapy which includes the following, join mobilization, joint manipulation, Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM), Minimal Evergy Techniques (METs), muscle stretching, neurodynamics, massage and soft tissue technique.

Massage is generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. There are also many types and techniques for it. The most common are trigger point therapy, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Reflaxology.

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. Swedish is the mon popular therapeutic massage type, the light to medium pressure helps relieve stress, reduce pain, boost mood and promote relacation. Deep tissue massage is just similar to the Swedish massage but the technique focuses on the deepest layer of muscled to target knots and release chronic muscle tension. Lastly, Reflexology applies pressure to areas in the hands and feet called “reflex zones,” which relieves stress, addresses conditions of the feet and ankle and promotes overall relaxation.

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