Ways Seeing a Physiotherapist Can Change Your Life

Following an injury, the recovery process is often emotionally wearing. If you're experiencing a reduction in your range of movement, going about your day-to-day life can feel disruptive. Similarly, not being able to engage in your hobbies may lead to feelings of sadness. Fortunately, seeing a physiotherapist can push you through the road to recovery and help you change your life.

Regaining your range of movement helps your health overall

Some reports estimate that those who spend a few weeks in hospital lose around 10 percent of their muscle mass. When muscle mass loss occurs alongside an injury, you may limit your range of movement. As a result, day-to-day living and your overall health may decline.

Some of the ways seeing a physiotherapist will benefit your health overall include:

  1. When you regain your usual range of movement or come close to it, you'll find it easier to socialise. With a reduction in social isolation, you'll be less likely to encounter depression.
  2. Being able to move with confidence allows you to exercise. When you exercise and keep your weight under control, you're less likely to encounter chronic diseases.
  3. If you're able to perform your usual work tasks, you'll enjoy a quicker return to work. Like socialising, working has a connection with reducing your risk of depression.

Your physiotherapist can identify ways to make recovery easier

One of the most important areas physiotherapists work in is stroke recovery. While a patient recovers from a stroke, areas of their brain that control certain actions and movements heal. Although a full recovery isn't always possible, a physiotherapist's scope of practice goes beyond just reaching a full return to health.

For example, if you're struggling to move as you did before, your practitioner can identify walking aids. Alongside other professionals, such as occupational therapists, they can also assist you with adapting your property so that you can remain there comfortably.

They'll identify what's most important to you and help you work towards reaching your goals

Not every patient who sees a physiotherapist will do so because of a life-changing event. Sometimes, injuries creep up insidiously—for example, repetitive strain movements that lead to debilitating back pain.

When you have your first consultation with your physiotherapist, tell them what's most important to you. From picking up your kids to running marathons again, they'll take your goals on board and help you reach for them. 

Most importantly, a good physiotherapist will provide regular updates on your progress. As a result, you feel in control of your recovery and more positive.