How well an individual recovers from an illness or surgery
depends on the rehabilitative treatment that is administered. Physical therapy
is the popular means of rehabilitation for people worldwide, regardless of type
of disease. This form of treatment has evolved over time and is an effective
way of treating a variety of ailments and diseases.
This procedure involves manipulative treatment of muscles, joints and other
areas of the body affected by chronic illness or an injury. Heat treatments,
strength training, supervised exercises and massage may all be forms of this
therapy. Factors that determine individual physical therapy regimens include
type of condition or injury, the patient's age and treatments prescribed by a
A physical therapist is a health care worker who deals with patients who are
going through physical disability and mobility issues. They help the patients
through the use of effective rehabilitative treatments. Physical therapists use
several modalities in order to increase strength, fitness, and flexibility. The
treatment techniques used include physical manipulation, heat therapy,
exercises, water therapy, ultrasound, cold compresses or electrical stimulation
and therapeutic massage. Patients who have suffered an injury or face an
illness that prevents the patient from moving the body easily benefit from the
rehabilitative treatment provided by a physical therapist.
The skill of providing therapy through manipulation of injured body parts is a
field that continues to grow in demand. Like other medical professionals,
physical therapists undergo thorough training and pass certification exam
before being licensed to administer treatment to patients. There are many
occupations available for a physical therapist, including rehabilitation
centers, nursing homes, hospitals and professional sports teams. Physical
therapists can also work in medical clinics, physical therapy offices, and
other health care settings. Those who want to work in this medical field must
show compassion for their patients, since most patients who need therapy are
going through pain and discomfort. Many physical therapists complete advanced
training and become supervisors or start their own private practice as a health
Regular rehabilitation sessions can help to reduce pain while damaged muscles,
joints, and nerves heal. Usually when someone is in pain the person does not
move normally. Pain can limit motion, and this causes people who are in pain to
brace themselves in trying to protect the injured or painful part of the body.
As a result, the individual may hold the injured or painful muscles in an
This form of therapy often involves the use of physical therapy equipment such
as walkers, braces or other mobility supplies. Patients may be taught to
exercise the injured parts of the body while wearing supportive devices.
Therapy session can also simulate the conditions patients may encounter at home
or work during a typical day.
Several types of physical therapy supplies are used in the facility that
provides this type of care. The physical therapy tools used in a treatment
program depends on the type of injury involved. The various physical therapy
equipment is designed to help the patients restore movement within their
Some physical therapy tools are specifically made to help relieve pain while
other physical therapy supplies are designed to help recover mobility, or
restore flexibility in the body. Physical supplies can also help therapists
devise exercises specifically for meeting each patient's needs.