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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy | Helping you heal

Amongst significant systems in our body that help us remain functional is the musculoskeletal system. Consisting of various elements like bones, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, it plays an essential role in maintaining mobility in an individual. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy refers to the physiotherapy branch that is dedicated to treating disorders related to the musculoskeletal system. 


In assessing and managing the patients in need of this therapy, basic anatomy, physiology and biomechanics are used as referral points. Apart from manual therapy, various treatment techniques like electrotherapy targeted therapeutic exercises, and methods for improving movement and posture are also included in this type of physiotherapy. It is also referred to as Orthopaedics in some countries.


Identifying a disorder

If an individual is experiencing chronic pain or injury in the body’s tissues, joints, nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscles etc., it is classified as a Musculoskeletal disorder. Almost any part of the body can be affected by this kind of condition. It leads to discomfort, which can be accompanied by mild to extreme pain. Primary reasons that can cause it are:


  • Lifting heavy objects incorrectly
  • Repetitive strain on a susceptible area
  • Direct injury or trauma


Other conditions that might call for musculoskeletal therapy include:


  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Different kinds of arthritis
  • Post-op rehabilitation
  • Cartilage damage
  • Back problems and bone fractures


What do Musculoskeletal Therapists do?

With a Masters in physiotherapy and advanced training in treatment and techniques specifically developed to deal with musculoskeletal ailments, these therapists work with their clients to achieve specific physical goals. After assessment and examination, a rehabilitation program is devised to suit the client’s needs. Some standard therapeutic techniques include – massage, exercise therapy, coping strategies and pain management treatments.


What are the benefits?  

There are multiple ways in which this therapy can prove beneficial to its users, and improve their quality of life; some of them are:

  • Better muscular strength and flexibility
  • Improved coordination and movement
  • Reduced or eliminated pain
  • Improved range of motion and quality of movement
  • Helps recovery process
  • Patients learn to develop coping strategies to help them carry out everyday tasks
  • Decreased swelling and inflammation
  • Increased independence and self-sufficiency in patients who are in rehabilitation and trauma recovery


Preventive Measure 

The common misconception around physical therapy is that it is supposed to be used as a restorative measure and not a preventive one. This is far from the truth. If an individual is experiencing slight symptoms that seem to be piling up or intensifying every day, it is advisable to visit a therapist as soon as possible. When a potential issue is detected early on, it can be managed, minimized and even eradicated, preventing it from becoming a bigger problem then it already is. 


Musculoskeletal therapy is an excellent option if one is looking to improve their endurance and overall fitness. It will help in maintaining mobility through various techniques like stretching and massaging. Finally, this therapy is exceptionally complementary to any traditional medicinal treatment aiming to recover one’s musculoskeletal system. 


Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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