When it comes to improving one’s health, the majority of people immediately think about all the major, life-changing decisions like dropping bad habits, exercising regularly and eating better. What they fail to take into consideration is the fact that there’s so much more they could do both for their mind and their body. In a lot of scenarios, physiotherapy and massage are two such methods, yet, statistics show that not nearly enough Australians are familiar with these methods. With the right course of action and a plan, you could systematically apply these two methods for maximum effect. Here are several things you need to know on this topic.
1. The similarities and differences
First, we need to get one thing out of the way – the similarities and differences between massage and physical therapy. First of all, they’re both used by professionals to help with one’s physical condition. Still, massage therapy is most commonly seen as alternative medicine therapy, whereas physiotherapy is a standard medical procedure. Therefore, a massage therapist isn’t the one providing primary care after injuries, even though they do have their place in the recovery process.
Another difference lies in the fact that physical therapists work with the patient for a certain period of time, whereas a massage therapist may provide their services indefinitely. Lastly, physical therapy always requires a doctor’s prescription, while the massage doesn’t.
2. Where physiotherapy is the most helpful
The first thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that physiotherapy is the most helpful with musculoskeletal injuries and conditions like back pain and arthritis. However, it’s also quite effective with treating the headache. People with sports injuries are also required to go to physical therapies, as a part of rehabilitation.
Lastly, women in pregnancy often experience back and neck pain, as well as abdominal muscle changes and this is something that a physiotherapist and help one with. Needless to say, that common neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis can be made much easier to bear with frequent physiotherapy.
3. Easily accessible
Engaging in physical therapy and especially massage is a trend that gives you both physical and mental relief. The best thing is that it does all that with little to no downsides. In the past, it was fairly difficult to find a skilled and renowned therapist in your area, yet, nowadays, specialized clinics can be found in virtually any part of Sydney.
For instance, those located near the city’s central districts have an easy job of finding professional physical therapy in Mascot and nearby suburbs.
4. Preventing surgery
One of the biggest advantages of physiotherapy is the fact that it can help you avoid surgery. A lot of time, you’ll have a choice to make when facing a problem. Surgery is a quick and simple solution, yet it’s aggressive and invasive. As such, it carries a lot more risk than physical therapy.
The latter can be long, arduous and physically demanding, yet, it gives you much better results in the long run and helps you avoid the surgery (and all its risks) altogether.
5. Helping you grow
The best thing about physiotherapy is the fact that it helps you grow by requiring you to exercise. Other than this, physical therapy requires you to invest a certain amount of specific effort, which, on its own means that you’re actively participating in the process of taking care of your body. Moreover, physical therapy often consists of exercises that you can do on your own, later on. This means that if the problem starts recurring, you can try and fix it on your own, thus becoming much more self-sufficient. Confidence is always a welcome side-effect of this trend.
The last thing you need to understand is the fact that you shouldn’t suffer pain or even physical inconvenience if you don’t absolutely have to. Unlike with surgery, with physiotherapy and massage, you never risk making things worse than they are, so what is there for you to lose? With so many amazing medical techniques and methods to help you alleviate the pain, you don’t have to. In other words, there’s nothing to prevent you from leading the pain-free life you deserve and crave.