Many of us struggle with physical pain every day. Many rely on medication, while others choose methods such as physiotherapy, massage, acupuncture and more.
A physiotherapist can provide non-invasive care to relieve a variety of conditions including pain. A physiotherapy treatment programme can require the patient to perform a series of prescribed exercises that help treat the root cause of the pain as well as massage and manual therapy.
Advantages to seeing a physiotherapist
There are several advantages to using physiotherapy to treat pain, as an alternative to long-term pain killers. Unlike painkillers, physiotherapy is non-invasive and it doesn’t cause side effects on your organs or internal systems. Long-term use of prescription painkillers such as opioids can have negative side effects. These include drug addiction, abnormal pain sensitivity (opioid induced hyperalgesia), interruptions to the immune system and the endocrine system (a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses for a wide range of functions.)
While painkillers are extremely beneficial in immediate circumstances, such as post operation or injury, they do not always treat the cause.
What to expect from physiotherapy treatment
Physiotherapy treatments that are designed to relieve pain can include massage, exercise therapy, hot and cold treatment, dry needling and acupuncture.
There are several specific improvements a person may see after following a bespoke physiotherapy treatment plan from our physiotherapists. These include improving mobility which can help a person enjoy a higher quality of life and may prevent some individuals from taking medication for associated side effects such as depression, encouraging a patient’s body to heal itself without the need for surgery. The faster a person heals from any type of injury, the less need there is to take or stay on painkillers. As people age, pain in the muscles and joints often increases. Physiotherapy can reduce or even eliminate age-related problems and limit the need for medication.
At Home Physio Group, our physiotherapists work with you to heal the root cause of pain and can create a custom program for you and assess your functional mobility. For more information please contact us on 0330 335 1016 or alternatively please fill out our contact sheet and we will get back to you.