Who hasn’t experienced overwhelming, sharp, intermittent, or even persistent pain at least once? You may want to ignore the pain because you think you can tolerate it, that it will go away or that there is nothing you can do about it. However, physiotherapy could be of great help!
The symptoms you are experiencing (pain, stiffness, dizziness, etc.) do not appear without reason. They can be the result of an old or recent injury related to an accident, a sport, a repeated movement, bad postures, etc. Whatever the cause, if your symptoms persist, they deserve special attention. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the signs that show that you might want to see a physiotherapist.
1. Persistent pain
You have suffered a sprain, a fracture, or a wrong movement, and despite all your efforts to heal yourself, your pain does not subside? A physiotherapist will find solutions to alleviate your pain and prevent it from recurring. Even if your injury is not recent, it is possible that it has not completely healed and that certain activities may rekindle the pain.
The advice, exercises, and treatments provided by the physiotherapist will help to resolve the problem in the long term. If the pain is even interfering with your sleep, it’s time to seek help. Be aware that insomnia can lead to other health problems such as depression and weight gain. A physiotherapist will be able to relax your muscles and help you get back to good sleep habits.
2. Mobility problems
Poor posture, repetitive movements, and lack of flexibility can create joint stiffness, limiting mobility. For example, if your neck is stiff with rotational movements, this can interfere with making your blind spots. A physiotherapist will use mobilization and muscle release techniques to increase joint range of motion and flexibility, allowing you to regain mobility.
Some aches and pains can develop into chronic, degenerative motor problems. This happens when joints lose their fluidity of movement and becomes a problem that worsens over time. If a person is experiencing decreases in joint range of motion, they should be aware that this can lead to severe movement limitations in the future. There are many causes of joint range of motion loss; they can be motor or neurological. We find that these problems can often be treated with manual therapy to correct joint misalignment and encourage regaining mobility.
3. Rehabilitation following surgery, a car accident, a work accident, etc.
A serious injury can cause compensations and other impacts on your body without you even being aware of it. Your doctor may recommend physiotherapy to optimize your rehabilitation. Physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy are particularly relevant after surgery, a cast, or a car or work accident.
4. Posture: Tips and exercises for your work or sports
Do you need advice regarding your posture, work ergonomics, or sports movements? Physiotherapists are equipped to help you! If you are experiencing chronic weakness in your back that is interfering with your training or work, for example, you will receive exercises and advice tailored to your condition and activities. Your questions will be carefully addressed to meet your specific needs. We have consulting physiotherapists in many fields, such as running, judo, baseball, return to work, etc.
5. Dizziness, balance, and headaches
Do you ever feel dizzy? Is turning in bed or getting up from a chair difficult? Even walking up or down stairs can be a constant danger if your balance is affected. This type of problem is often associated with the inner ear that is responsible for maintaining balance. Just a few sessions can put an end to your vertigo for good! The physiotherapist will be able to identify the cause of your pain and treat you with vestibular rehabilitation.
Persistent headaches decrease the quality of sleep and concentration. They can be very disturbing in daily life and lead to chronic fatigue. They can be the result of a variety of musculoskeletal causes. For example, we often see misalignment of the spine and muscles, causing constant pressure on the structures of the neck and back.
The reflex of people suffering from headaches is more often to resort to painkillers to alleviate the pain, while the body remains misaligned. In this situation, the source of the problem is not corrected, and the pain is likely to worsen over time. This is why we recommend a physiotherapy consultation for people with chronic headaches.
6. Numbness and tingling
Are you experiencing tingling or numbness? It is quite possible that these sensations are related to nerve disorders. The physiotherapist will thoroughly examine the cause, which can be anything from whiplash to herniated discs and sciatica to carpal tunnel. If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult a physiotherapist to receive health advice and care adapted to your condition. Physiotherapy is often the first therapeutic option to consider before thinking about surgery.
Looking for help?
Are you experiencing difficulty with movement and strength? Get in touch with an expert physiotherapist at Performance Physio. With over 10 years of experience, the clinic specializes in hands-on physiotherapy treatments. The highly qualified therapists of the clinic make use of a multitude of techniques to treat all aches, pains, and injuries.
Long and thorough consultation sessions are also offered to fully understand your problem. Located within an excellent Personal Training Studio in Caulfied South, the clinic offers access to a variety of equipment. Whether you need sports injury treatment or rehabilitation therapy, book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists. All treatments are tailored to your individual needs.