Everything You Need to Know About Physiotherapy and Your Fitness Regime

By: Zoe Killian

What is physiotherapy and why is it important?

Physiotherapy, to put it simply, is the practice of daily training to allow clients to gain full control over their body and improve their physical health. Methods involved are derived from in-depth scientific research, as the human body is greatly complex therefore should be researched and cared for in detail. Physiotherapy is crucial if you have ever been in an accident and left physically challenged, as not only does the treatment aim to fix your injuries and eliminate the pain, but it makes your body more likely to prevent further damage.

 

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Who can receive physiotherapy?
Anyone! The NHS will offer free physiotherapy sessions to anyone referred by their GP, however, you can receive treatment privately through a self-referral if you are concerned about something and do not wish to wait – for example, if you were suffering from unusual shoulder pain but you would rather go directly to a physiotherapist. Self-referral isn’t always possible unless your chosen physiotherapist is working privately.

What is physiotherapy used to treat?

Joint pain, bone pain and soft tissue problems. This includes general aches such as shoulder or back pain and sports injuries. Brain or nervous system problems. Issues with movement, perhaps as a result of a stroke, Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Heart, circulation or blood flow problems. This is used to treat people who have experienced a heart attack or have cardiovascular disease. Lung and breathing problems. Used to help those with cystic fibrosis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

What are some physiotherapy techniques?

  • Electrotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Exercise eg pilates, tailored workouts

These are the main methods of treatments physiotherapists use. Obviously, treatment is dependent on the diagnosis, and you can be quickly assessed with an initial consultation.

 

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What is the difference between a physiotherapist and a personal trainer?

This may be something you’re pondering by now, and honestly, they’re not too different. Both are dedicated to improving the quality of life for their clients, however, physiotherapy is a healthcare and science based profession. Physiotherapists tend to focus more on balance issues, orthopaedic or musculoskeletal injuries and strength evaluations. Personal trainers are associated more with motivation and weight loss, however, they can teach clients certain fitness skills/moves which integrate well with physiotherapy. Here at Fierce Fit, we have our own trustworthy professionals. Kate Hindley, one of our physiotherapists, and Jade Mottley, co-founder and head personal trainer, are just a couple of our lovely team members, but you can get to know the rest of the Fierce Fit crew on our Meet The Team page.

The importance of trusting your physiotherapist

Hopefully, you will never need to see a physiotherapist, as they are usually assigned to people who have been injured or have developed a serious health condition and lost function in part of their body. However, if you do choose to see one privately make sure you see someone who you are certain you can build a long term relationship with.

A chartered physiotherapist is a qualified member of their profession and part of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). By being part of the CSP, they have committed to always providing the best and most trustworthy service for you. You should always hire a chartered physiotherapist, as essentially they are the best at what they do. A good physiotherapist will know what is best for you, such as understanding your lifestyle, any health implications and most importantly just you. You should be able to build an honest relationship with your physio – for example, admitting to them when you haven’t been practising your exercises, so that you receive a tut and a scolding.

 

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Both you and your physio should be working together towards one goal, which is reaching your optimum health and fitness potential

Physiotherapy is all about the client and their needs, and if treatment goes right you will have shared a journey back to recovery together. And once you’ve recovered, it’s time to get back into your fitness training with Fierce Fit!

At Fierce Fit we offer personal training services and group sessions to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. We work closely with www.physio.co.uk to give you the opportunity to receive physiotherapy alongside your personal training sessions. To find out more about our services visit www.iamfierce.co.uk or email us at thegirls@iamfierce.co.uk. Be sure to check us out on social media for all our handy hints and tips!

Zoe Killian

Zoe Killian

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