What can Physiotherapy do for You?

Woman at computer suffering neck painWe are all working and remaining active for longer, this can often mean unexpected muscle aches and pains that can interfere with our quality of life. Many of us think these aches and pains are unavoidable when in fact we can do a lot to alleviate them. With help, you can improve your strength and stability and enjoy a potentially pain-free (or minimal pain free) existence – no matter what age or level of fitness.

Physiotherapy is not just for sporting injuries or those recovering from orthopaedic surgery. Many everyday activities such as washing windows, painting walls, gardening, sitting for hours at the computer or even knitting can result in sore muscles and stiff joints.

Sometimes these aches and pains settle but often they don’t. That’s when we start to avoid the pain and alter the way we move. This is called a ‘compensatory movement pattern’ and it leads to more stress and strain on the body, further injury or loss of function.

Next time you are at the shopping mall have a look around and see how many people shift their weight or ‘waddle’ when they walk. Weakness of the muscles that stabilise the hip can occur after an injury, arthritis or simply from poor posture. Left uncorrected, further weakness occurs through degenerative changes in the muscles and tendons of the hip.

Eventually it becomes more difficult to walk let alone move freely. Pretty soon stairs are avoided altogether and even getting out of a chair or off the toilet seems more
of an effort. This is what we all understand as the beginning of ‘getting old’.

There are three common causes of debilitation as we age;

  • General weakness and poor balance resulting in loss of independent movement.
  • Incontinence.
  • Loss of memory.

These ailments contribute to the need for external care, and regularly lead to admission into a nursing facility.

What you may not realise is that many physiotherapists are highly trained movement specialists who can help identify weaknesses and altered movement patterns and provide appropriate intervention.

Apart from some hands on manual therapy to mobilise stiff joints and muscles they can also prescribe a targeted individual exercise program that can be altered and progressed as required to help you regain control of your body and improve your quality of life.

Many clients will ask – ‘Can my joint or muscle changes be totally reversed?’ – this is a bit like asking – ‘will my wrinkles go away?’ At Hawker Place Physiotherapy we can’t promise to magically restore you to your former ‘20 something’ self.

What we can promise is a caring environment where we can assess you and help you regain as much strength and control of your body as possible.

Just remember, aches and pains are not always unavoidable. You can improve your quality of life and we can help.

If you have muscular or joint aches and pains that just won’t go away and would like an assessment then call Hawker Place Physiotherapy Today!

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About the Author

Jennifer Kellett established Hawker Place Physiotherapy in 1991 and is the principal practitioner of the family run practice. Jenny has served the local communities of Belconnen and North Canberra with commitment and pride for over 26 years. She is a strong advocate for maintaining fitness, health and well being across all age groups and has a keen professional interest in combining Pilates with weight training for treating postmenopausal women at risk of osteoporosis.

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