What is Physiotherapy?

 

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 as well as full range of movement and muscle strength. 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.

 

 

What are the Benefits?

 

1. Faster Recovery

Physiotherapy helps you to regain normal function (and return to sports where applicable) within a shorter time frame than had you healed without it.

 

2. Decreased or Eliminated Pain

It helps to decrease pain through manual and assistive therapies, helping 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 not having access to the knowledge or the awareness of how to adjust in order to take a disability/ injury/pain into account can decrease a person&;s 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 sustained, you can prevent (depending on the severity of injury) the need for surgery. Physiotherapy will also help to 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 body's spatial awareness. 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 people with arthritis. It also works to maintain the current function and improve function in older adults.


 

Instructor

Jacqui Rowe

Physiotherapist and Pilates Mat Teacher

 

Jacqui hailes from Johannesburg, South Africa, and has been active and involved in sports since she learned to run. She was a national gymnast for 8 years and graduated from the University of Cape Town, Cum Laude with a BSc Honours in Physiotherapy while on the Dean&;s List and with an invitation to the Golden Key Society in 2015. 

 

From 2016 to 2017, during a year of both personal and professional growth,  she worked in a rural hospital in South Africa. Working in an underfunded and under resourced hospital, helping people with severe disabilities and rare birth conditions. 

 

In 2018 she completed multiple courses (11) relating to physiotherapy practice, some of which include: Dry Needling Level 1 & 2 through ODNS, Sports and Kinesio Tape Strapping, First Aid Level 1&2 as well as Cerebral Palsy Management and Ethics in working with children. 

 

After completing Mat 1 and 2 Pilates Teacher Training with Body and Flow, through Zenith in 2019 she began teaching Pilates as well as working as a Physiotherapist.