Physical Therapy: 4 Things to Know

Physical therapy.  Many have heard of this term but are still unsure if its exact meeting.  It’s different from what you’re thinking now.  It’s not just a regular gym workout or running on the treadmill for an hour.

physical therapyThere’s value in checking up on your body at least once a month, to ensure everything’s going well.  Most people work at demanding jobs, which require sitting all day long.  You barely have enough time to give to yourself.  On the other hand, you might exercise a lot and still feel not quite right.  Both approaches have similar effects on the body.  It creates an imbalance in our bodies, which leads to health conditions.  This is why physical therapy is beneficial.

A customised physical therapy program helps people return to their prior levels of functioning.  It encourages activities and lifestyle changes to help prevent further injury and improve overall health through therapeutic exercise.

The therapeutic exercise aims to improve and restore physical function.  The following tips explain why physical therapy is important.

  1. Pain reduction or elimination. Therapeutic exercise and manual therapy techniques such as joint or soft tissue mobilisation or treatments include ultrasounds.  Taping and electrical stimulation can relieve pain and restore muscle or joint function, reducing pain as a result.
  2. Avoid surgery. If physical therapy helps with pain or heals an injury, surgery might not be needed.  If surgery is required, you could benefit from pre-surgery physical therapy.  If you’re going into surgery stronger and in better shape, you’ll recover faster.
  3. Improved mobility: stretching and strengthening exercises restores your ability to move.
  4. Recover from or prevent a sports injury. Physical therapists understand how different sports can increase your risk for specific types of injuries.  Physical therapy can help you recover from an injury and avoid future ones.  Your physical therapist can help you reduce pain in soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) and build muscle strength.  It can improve flexibility, function and opens up a range of motions.  The therapist recommends activities that are less likely to cause injury.

How long does it take for the benefits of physical therapy to kick in?

Each session lasts from 30-60 minutes each.  A guest can do one or many sessions per week, depending on their reasons for the therapy.  As you see progress, your visits could shorten and its frequency lessened as you learn new techniques to help with your healing.

Here are a few examples of therapeutic exercises:

  1. Range of motion: aims to maintain and increase motion through joint mobilisation and soft tissue stretching.
  2. Muscle performance: to increase muscle strength, power and endurance.
  3. Postural improves and corrects faulty posture.
  4. Balance and coordination
  5. Relaxation exercises
  6. Area-specific exercises such as breathing and circulatory exercises

The physical therapist determines the type of exercises you need to be at your best.  The program is designed to return you to activities you used to do prior to your injury and prescribe new exercises to meet your short and long term goals.

About the Author

BochakornBOCHAKORN BOONSERM (MAAM) began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.

About the Author

Rattikarn KaewkajohnMaprang started her career in physiotherapy when she joined the Thammasat University basketball team as its physical therapy intern.  She volunteered in sports such as rugby, football and basketball.  She practises a variety of sports such as running, Muay Thai, basketball and wakeboarding.  Maprang’s strength is to analyse sports injuries and movements.  Maprang graduated from Thammasat University in 2015 (Faculty of Allied Health Science Department of Physical Therapy) with specialities in Sports Mechanism for Injuries and Sports Taping Techniques.

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