The Role of Physiotherapy in Managing Arthritis

If you are suffering from arthritis and have not yet started using physiotherapy to help you to manage the condition this article will be of great interest to you. A good physiotherapist can make a big difference to your health and quality of life. Here we explain the different ways that a well-qualified physiotherapist can help you.

However, before we get into the benefits a word of caution. It is very important to find someone who has experience of treating people with the disease. They know how far to go and will not overstretch you which can cause injuries and make the condition worse. Provided you find the right practitioner, they can make a huge difference to your life.

Build up your strength

Physiotherapists have an in depth understanding of the body, and how it moves. They know which movements will strengthen your bones and muscles and which will make your condition worse.

They use that knowledge to come up with a regime of movements that will relieve some of the tension in your body. These movements are designed to gently build up the strength of your limbs, back and torso.

Improve your mobility

This improved strength will help to keep you mobile. It will make it easier to carry out many day-to-day activities and help you to be able to take more gentle exercise. Reducing the tension in your body and improving your range of movement also helps you to move more freely.

Slow down the negative impact that the disease has

Breaking the cycle of pain and immobility will help you to live a fuller life and reduce the negative impact that arthritis can have on you.

Help you to understand your condition better

While treating you your physiotherapist will explain what they are doing and why. They will gradually educate you about your condition, and how your body works. This additional knowledge will help you to understand the disease and your body’s response to it better. This information can help you to make better decisions about what you eat and how you live your life, which can help you to stay active for longer.

Ask your doctor for a recommendation

As we said earlier, it is important to find a physiotherapist with the right experience. Usually your doctor will be able to recommend someone suitable in your area.

If you have state health care cover, they may be able to book you in to see a physiotherapist for free. However, in many places the waiting list can be long, which means that you may have to wait several months for treatment. Should you find yourself in that situation consider bridging the gap by seeing a private practitioner.

The sooner you get expert help the easier it is to arrest or reverse some of the damage. Leaving things will only mean that the inflammation will be worse, which could lead to more pain and therefore muscle tension. All of that tension will have to be released and relieved, which takes time. The longer you are in pain the tighter your muscles become and the longer it takes for the physiotherapy to have a positive effect.