Dealing With Chronic Pain? Here’s How Physiotherapy Can Help

Updated on August 5, 2021

Did you know that one in four Canadians suffers from chronic pain? It makes a total of 7.63 million people in the country.

There could be several reasons behind this medical condition. For instance, years of bad posture, ageing, overweight, congenital condition, or Traumatic injury.

Nonetheless, it is essential to get treatment to improve the condition and live a better life. But what are its treatments? Well, it includes physiotherapy, acupuncture, medications, electrical stimulation and cognitive behavioural therapy. But, if the pain is getting unbearable, the doctors may also suggest getting surgery. The treatments generally vary from person to person. 

In this article, we’ll talk about physiotherapy treatment. So, without further ado, let’s get started! 

How can Physiotherapy treat pain? 

Physiotherapists will first try to understand the condition of the patient. After that, come up with a treatment plan. It is usually a mix of different exercises and massages to help reduce the pain. Nonetheless, the therapist will try to ease the pain as well as the source of discomfort. So that the overall condition of the patient improves. 

You must also understand that just one session will not treat the pain entirely. It requires multiple sessions, which are also modified as per the patient’s changing condition. Even so, the sessions are a mix of: 

  • Low Impact Aerobic Exercise

They are like warm-up exercises that don’t put a lot of pressure on the joint. These are done before strengthening exercises as it helps stretch the muscles and improve the patient’s heart rate. In addition to this, it also helps in improving blood circulation. Walking, stationary bicycling, or step machines are examples of low-impact aerobic exercises. 

  • Pain Relief Exercise

As the name suggests, it targets the areas where the patient feels the most pain. It includes different types of stretching as per flexibility and mobility. Nonetheless, the therapists will ensure that the patient is properly warmed up and does not stretch beyond the limits. 

Note: Generally, many therapists suggest some stretches to the patient to do at home. However, practicing in the absence of therapists could be dangerous, especially for senior citizens. Therefore, it would be recommended to Book an appointment for an in home Physiotherapy session for the patient. It will ensure that the patient is well taken care of in the comfort of their home. Moreover, in-home sessions will also eliminate the hassle and inconvenience of travelling.

  • Strengthening Exercise 

After the patient has control over their mobility, the therapist might start including strengthening exercises in the session. It can include climbing stairs, using resistance bands, lunges, pushups or squats. It will help in improving the overall functioning of body parts and in easing the pain. 

  • Massage 

In addition to the exercises, the therapist will also do a massage on injured areas. The massage might hurt a little bit, but it is an integral part of the treatment. But, don’t worry! The therapists are certified and will ensure that it is safe and helpful. Plus, it will help in reducing stress and treat muscular overuse. 

Wrapping up!

Using these techniques, the therapist will help in the recovery of the patient. Nonetheless, you must understand that this condition is not curable but treatable. So, it is essential to keep health in check and seek medical attention. 


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