Physiotherapy is the way to go.
Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.
They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.
The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible
What physiotherapists do?
Our Physiotherapy Works briefings demonstrate the effectiveness of physiotherapy in treating a wide range of conditions
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.
At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.
You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life. Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.
Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession. Physios use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body, such as:
- Neurological (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s)
- Neuromusculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries, arthritis)
- Cardiovascular (chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack)
- Respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis).
Physiotherapists work in a variety of specialisms in health and social care. Additionally, some physiotherapists are involved in education, research and service management.
How can physiotherapy help with cerebral palsy?
Physiotherapists play a key role in supporting children and adults with cerebral palsy. Physios usually become involved around the time of diagnosis. Their main aim will be to help children and adults with cerebral palsy to be as mobile and independent as possible.
A physio can provide advice on managing the effects of the condition. This will include encouraging young people to become involved in their own development. Getting involved in this way will help the young person to meet challenges as they arise, in all areas of their lives.
As the young person grows into adulthood, physios can continue to identify and help to solve problems. These problems might relate to maintaining mobility or getting involved in leisure activities or sports
Physiotherapy can help with physical independence, flexibility, strength and fitness. It can also improve your chances of staying in employment and reduce the effect MS can have on your general health and quality of life.
A physiotherapist can offer advice and practical tips on current movement problems, as well as new ones as they arise. Physiotherapy is particularly useful if your symptoms change and during a ‘remission phase’ after a relapse.