The ”Art” of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is the profession  that assists those who have basically three types of ailments.
1) Musculoskeletal conditions: sports injuries, arthritis, back pain,  muscle pain, bones and joints (also called orthopaedic physiotherapy). Some common conditions treated include  sprains, strains,  bursitis, workplace  problems with posture, incontinence and reduced mobility.
2) Cardiothoracic conditions: asthma, bronchitis, emphysema. Rehabilitation after thoracic surgery can also be offered.
3) Neurological conditions: MS, stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Rehabilitation after brain surgery is also in this category.
Physiotherapists are trained in a range of specialty areas such as children’s health (pediatrics),  women’s health or sports medicine. They can help speed recovery after certain surgeries as well.
The methods used include exercise programs, manual therapies and electrotherapy to restore proper functioning and to reduce the impact of dysfunction as described below.
Physiotherapy (physical therapy) aims to restore proper functioning to the body or, in the case of permanent disease or injury, to reduce the impact of any dysfunction.
Physiotherapists can also help a person  recover from surgery. Treatment options include a wide range of manual therapies and techniques such as: airway clearance techniques, tailored to  specific conditions. Physiotherapists  also show  how to acquire and use equipment aids.
The Physiotherapist may work in  private practices, community health centers, public hospitals, rehabilitation centers, fitness centers, sporting clubs,  schools and also in the workplace. He/she may work alone, or with other health care providers. Because they are registered health professionals, physiotherapists can issue sick leave certificates, if necessary.
A physiotherapist will want  to use a holistic approach to improve  mobility and health and help  to reduce the risk of injuries. In some cases injury is caused by a number of factors working together. For example,  back pain may  result from  a combination of poor posture,  overweight, repetitive work-related activities or an  incorrect technique when involved in sports.
The physiotherapist  treats the back pain, but at the same time wants to address the factors that contributed to the problem.
A physiotherapist uses a wide range of therapies, tailored to an individual need. They include:
Exercise programs – such as stretching, posture retraining, cardiovascular training and muscle strengthening .
Manual therapies – such as spinal mobilization, massage,  manual resistance training, stretching and joint mobilization /manipulation.
Electrotherapy techniques – such as diathermy, ultrasound, laser therapy and electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
Other services – correcting flawed sporting techniques, taping and splinting  and providing information on equipment aids.
Physiotherapists  are university trained, registered health care professionals. They work in a variety of places including hospitals, private practice, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and sports clubs.
When exercise is the preferred method of treatment the most effective physical therapy solutions and products should be used. These would be the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR.
 These recently developed  devices  have become a key system in neuro-muscular rehabilitation and physical therapy used by physiotherapists for interactive rehabilitation exercise. The TUTORs implement an impairment based program with augmented feedback and encourage motor learning through intensive active exercises. These exercises are challenging and motivating and allow for repetitive training tailored to the patient’s performance. This training is customized by the physiotherapist, occupational or  physical therapist to ensure that the patient stays motivated to do intensive repetitive manual therapy and exercise practice.  The TUTORs are now  part of the rehabilitation program of leading U.S. and foreign hospitals and are used in clinics and in the patient’s home through tele-rehabilitation.
Fully certified by the FDA and CE the TUTORs are usable by adults and children from the age of 5 and up. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.

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