Back pain is a very common condition, affecting about 80% of people at some point in their lives. A physiotherapist can demonstrate some simple back stretches to help prevent aches and pains.
Physiotherapy is a type of therapy that can help ill, injured or disabled people recover movement and function to their full potential.
Physiotherapists help treat physical problems linked to a number of the body’s systems, including:
- Musculoskeletal – bones, joints and soft tissues.
- Neuromuscular – the brain and nervous system.
- Cardiovascular – heart and blood circulation.
- Respiratory – the organs that help you breathe, such as the windpipe (trachea), voice box (larynx) and lungs.
What do physiotherapists do?
Examples of approaches used in physiotherapy include:
Movement and exercise – taking into account a person’s current level of health and their specific requirements.
Manual therapy techniques – where the physiotherapist aids recovery by using their hands to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, and encourage blood flow to an injured part of the body.
Aquatic therapy – a form of physiotherapy carried out in water.
Other techniques – such as heat, cold and acupuncture to ease pain.