Physiotherapy is the treatment of disease, injury or deformity through physical treatment, exercise therapy and other modalities. Some of these modalities are massage therapy, dry needling, heat/ice/other electrotherapy and strapping. The main focus of treatment is to regain function, full range of movement and muscle strength as well as help people to get back to full function. Physiotherapy also works to accommodate and help people work with their disability to have as much independence as possible. Some conditions that physiotherapy works with are: orthopaedic injuries post immobilisation/surgery, sporting injuries, chronic injuries/pain, spinal cord/head injuries, heart and lung (conditions to improve function and endurance) and joint replacements. Physiotherapy is not limited to adults as it also benefits children with birth defects, injuries and developmental delays.
1. Faster recovery
Physiotherapy helps you to regain function faster than if you went without it. It helps you get back to normal function (and sports where applicable) with in a shorter time frame.
2. Decreased or eliminated pain
It helps to decrease pain through manual and assistive therapies, which makes it easier for you to regain function. Pain limits function and movement, which limits healing and recovery, taking the pain away will help to achieve mobility.
3. It improves quality of life
Limited mobility, pain and decreased knowledge and awareness of a disability can decrease a person enjoyment of life and their ability to function both physically and mentally. By helping to improve recovery and function, physiotherapy will also improve quality of life.
4. Injury and surgical prevention
By attending physiotherapy when an injury is first incurred, you can prevent (depending on the severity of injury) the need for surgery. Physiotherapy will also prevent future injuries or reoccurrence of an old injury as it helps to improve strength, proprioception, correct healing and flexibility of the affected area.
5. Improved mobility
This is applicable to both injured and non-injured patients. Sometimes immobility can lead to injury which is often foreshadowed by pain and muscle stiffness. Physiotherapy can work to improve mobility in joints and prevent future injury, as well as, improving mobility in previously injured joints.
6. Improved balance and fall prevention
Physiotherapy works to improve balance as well as the bodies awareness of itself in space. This helps to prevent injuries and improve performance and coordination in those who need it (including high performing athletes).
7. Manage heart and lung disease
Physiotherapy does not only work with the muscles and joints, but also with the heart and lungs. Physiotherapy can work to improve heart and lung function through breathing exercises and techniques to clear fluid from the lungs. This is especially useful for bed bound patients, people post heart/lung surgery and people with chronic heart/lung diseases.
8. Age related issues
Physiotherapy can also help with maintaining bone density of those with osteoporosis and joint mobility for those with arthritis. It also works to maintain the current function and improve function in aging people.
Physiotherapist and Pilates mat teacher.
Jacqui Rowe was born in 1992 in Johannesburg, South Africa and has been active and involved in sports since she learned to run. She was a national gymnast for 8 years.
2012 – 2015: graduated from the University of Cape Town, cum laude with a BSc honours in Physiotherapy. Graduated on the dean&;s list and with invitation to the golden key society.
2016 -2017: Worked in a rural hospital called Emmaus Hospital in Winterton, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Working in an underfunded and under resourced hospital, helping people with severe disabilities and rare birth conditions. A year of both personal and professional growth.
2018: Completed multiple courses (11) relating to physiotherapy practice, some of which include: Dry needling level 1 & 2 through ODNS, sports and kinesiotape strapping, First aid level 1&2, Cerebral Palsy Management and Ethics in working with children.
2019: Completed Mat 1 and 2 Pilates teacher training with Body and Flow, through Zenith. Currently teaching Pilates as well as working as a physiotherapist.