How can the disabled benefit from Physiotherapy?

Physical disabilities:

People with purely physical handicaps often suffer many secondary effects arising from their conditions, and physiotherapy goes a long way in helping to mitigate any negative effects. Many sufferers of these conditions lead somewhat sedentary lifestyles, which ultimately makes their predicament more uncomfortable, or even worsen in some cases. Without going into specifics on any conditions, the physically handicapped often don’t manage to properly work their body’s musculature at all, and this can give rise to a variety of side-effects that can make life very uncomfortable. By massaging unused muscles, using electrical stimulation, or doing light workouts when possible, we are able to keep their bodies in shape. This prevents pain from muscle deterioration, or straining of weak muscles whenever they are used. This greatly helps prevent pain, stiffness, relax the body, sore musculature, and in some cases slows the progress of degenerative disorders.

Neural disorders:

Many who suffer from neural disorders often face a different type of problem than those who suffer from purely physical conditions. In many cases they have a difficult time coordinating their movements: whether it be learning how to do this in the first place, or learning to adapt to changes in their bodies due to an accident. Since physiotherapy was originally conceived as a habilitation/rehabilitation framework, it is extremely beneficial when it comes to improving motor coordination. Using a vast variety of techniques we are able to greatly improve a large amount of motor skills such as walking, spacial awareness, and hand-eye coordination. The treatment of neural disorders is, however, very case-sensitive; making treatments often tailored to the individual’s circumstances and abilities. Building on their strengths it is possible to improve quality of life in a variety of aspects, often allowing people a much higher degree of autonomy, and the ability to perform tasks on their own.

Mental Handicap:

The mentally handicapped can suffer from a variety of effects from one condition, which makes their treatment extremely individualized to meet their specific needs. Being able to get to know a patient and work with them in ways that make use of their strengths and allow them to feel comfortable is extremely important for long-term treatments. Physiotherapy is often able to help patients who suffer from these conditions gain a degree of autonomy and the ability to take a more active role in their lives. It also helps those who lead a more sedentary lifestyle keep their bodies in shape and prevent side-effects such as soreness and degeneration of muscles.

Physiotherapy has much to offer those who suffer from any type of debilitating condition. Being able to improve improve one’s autonomy in turn allows the patient to take a more active and stimulating role in their own lives. Besides helping take care of the physical side of problems, this offers people a chance to interact more with their surroundings and lead a healthier lifestyle in general. It also makes a large difference to the family who is able to often enjoy a wider variety of activities with them, and enjoy the benefits of having their loved ones play a more active role in their lives.