Physical therapy

 

Physiotherapy is part of the NHS in this country and is a true benefit to the community, and If I had an accident or surgery I would definitely call upon their professional service in aiding my recovery.

 

The philosophy in physio seems to be based mostly on recovery with therapeutic exercises, steroid injections, ultrasound, cryotherapy, etc. and sometimes forgets about the power of manual therapy. Nothing against exercises, that's the whole point, but steroids and ultrasound are debatable.

 

Not a physiotherapist myself but I had the pleasure of working with a few, often hired as Spa therapists. The recovery threw movement is what fascinates me and is one of my subjects of study.

 

I have personally seen cases in which people recover with strength training from all kinds of issues/ accidents. All of them had been into bodybuilding/fitness before and most of them didn't see a physio.

The fact that is that muscles get stronger with every microscopic tear from training but if you have fibrous (scar) tissue restricting your movements only exercise is not enough. Manual therapy can help break down fibrous tissue and further assist recovery with joint mobilisations, stretches and specific techniques. A good physio has these in his arsenal as well. On the other hand, a good manual therapist will advise specific stretches or therapeutic exercises, which I do sometimes.

 

Apart from physiotherapy, there are many other physical movement systems for wellness, some will a longer history than others. I'm sure you've heard of Yoga, Pilates or maybe even Alexander technique. There is also, of course, the archaic Sweedish Movement System, (see Swedish massage) Qi Gong, Tai Chi and even some forms of dance.