Can physiotherapy speed up the recovery process?

You might be wondering if it is worth undergoing physiotherapy for a recent injury you have sustained.

Your pain is manageable and in many cases the body can naturally heal itself after injury or surgery, right?

The human body does have quite amazing healing powers, yes.

But it is also true that physiotherapy can significantly speed up the recovery process and get you back moving more freely and doing the things you love much sooner.

More importantly, although the body can settle the pain, you may still end up with restricted mobility and/or faulty movement patterns which can cause more issues in the future, if not corrected.

Whether you want to return to work, return to sport or simply return to pain-free movement sooner, seeing a physiotherapist can help.

Generally speaking, the sooner you see a physiotherapist after an injury, the better, if you want to maximise the speed of the recovery process.

How does physiotherapy help speed up the recovery process?

Physiotherapy uses a range of proven science-based techniques to help speed up the recovery process of a patient.

For example, with soft-tissue (muscle/ ligament) injuries, appropriate manual therapy and electrotherapy are among the techniques that can be used by a physiotherapist to ensure faster muscle recovery.

Manual therapy helps increase blood flow and nutrient delivery to muscles and other tissues, while electrotherapy can help reduce inflammation and pain.

Rehabilitation exercises which a physiotherapist can direct you to do correctly, can also increase endorphin levels in the brain, which can reduce stress and block pain signals.

This is just one example and it is not only muscle-related injuries where physiotherapy can help speed up recovery.

Common joint injuries like a sprained ankle or a tear to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in the knee can also enjoy significantly increased recovery times and improved long-term results with the use of physiotherapy.

The use of physiotherapy can help prevent excess internal scarring through movement, hands-on treatment and massage, which is important given scar tissue can cause ongoing pain and stiffness in muscles and ligaments.

Even after the pain from an injury goes away, ligaments can be weaker and torn muscles or joints can be tighter, which is another issue a physiotherapist can address to help prevent repeat injury.

Other examples where physiotherapy can speed up the recovery process include those who have lower back pain or neck pain from an injury, as well as people who have suffered concussions.

Physiotherapists are trained to take a holistic view in injury recovery as well and can advise you of steps you can take to speed up the recovery process.

Things like poor nutrition, overuse of a muscle or ligament, poor health, smoking and drinking alcohol are among the factors that can prolong healing.

Best Physiotherapists in Adelaide

If you are keen to explore the benefits of physiotherapy and enjoy a faster recovery process from an injury, we are here to help at Perfect Motion Physiotherapy.

We can not only help you recover faster from an injury but also help prevent that same injury from happening again.

A leading provider of physiotherapy services in Adelaide, we have two convenient clinic locations in Kurralta Park and Royston Park and can tailor a treatment plan that works best for you and your body.

To book an appointment, contact us today on 08 8337 7821.

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