Trained physiotherapists are highly skilled and versatile medical experts that can provide many advanced treatment modalities for their patients if needed. The goal of these advanced treatments is to help patients increase their overall energy levels while also reducing or eliminating any pain they may be experiencing.
Physiotherapy — when implemented with care and precision — can identify the cause of pain at the source. As well, it will help provide long-term relief by eliminating the catalyst for the pain.
We will discuss physiotherapy and some of the leading concepts in the modern arena.
Rehabilitation robotics is a state of the art research field that attempts to improve the rehabilitation of patients via cutting edge robotic devices. For instance, a device may be created to facilitate ankle, hand, leg, or shoulder sensorimotor functionality.
Some devices may be used to facilitate certain treatments or may be used for training physiotherapists. They can also be used to help measure the patient’s ability to move — such as gauging their range of motion after an accident or surgery — and can serve as supportive therapy aids.
Patients who have suffered a recent setback in their sensorimotor performance, such as losing the ability to function, speak, and move normally due to a stroke, may benefit from rehabilitation robotics when used in tandem with advanced physiotherapy techniques.
Aquatic therapy is a form of physiotherapy that involves using an aquatic environment, such as a pool, to help patients recuperate after an operation or improve their overall fitness and health. This therapy is performed by a trained healthcare professional for safety and therapeutic effectiveness.
Aquatic therapy is sometimes referred to as “water therapy” or “hydrotherapy,” and its popularity has grown exponentially in recent years. It’s seen as a more enjoyable alternative to many “mundane” land-based forms of rehabilitative therapy. It’s used to help people from all walks of life, including children and adults of all ages and levels of fitness.
Aquatic therapy exercises have also been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress when practiced regularly. The soothing properties and benefits of water can help the body heal, while also boosting fitness levels and enhancing rehabilitation timeframes as well.
Patients who are currently suffering from arthritis, bursitis, lower back pain, or scoliosis can benefit greatly from aquatic therapy. As can patients who are recovering from joint replacement surgery, joint reconstruction surgery, stroke, or a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.
Physiotherapists use aquatic therapy as an advanced treatment modality to promote relaxation and reduce stress, boost aerobic capacity, improve flexibility, coordination, and equilibrium, assist with locomotion and gait and help maximize endurance and core muscle strength.
Gamified rehab is a top of the line form of virtual reality therapy that can help patients who have recently suffered from a stroke recover quickly and more effectively. Using inexpensive video game technology, gamified rehab can serve as an entertaining means for stroke victims to recuperate from complex neurological syndromes safely.
To illustrate, one game may involve a random sequence of red, yellow, and green apples, with some being complete while others have had a chunk bitten off. The patient will also be provided with added stimulation as the apples may be programmed to move and vibrate randomly to add to the immersion of the game experience.
The goal of the game may be for the patient to choose the maximum amount of bitten apples that they observe in the briefest delay possible. The game can have its settings configured to become complete.
The physiotherapist may decrease or increase the number of apples that appear on the screen, depending on how well the patient is progressing.
Gamified rehab is a more immersive, advanced, and enjoyable form of physiotherapy that can help patients with severe neurological, visual or sensorimotor ailments recover quicker. The scoring system also encourages patients to continue their therapy until the very end.
Applications and Wearables
Today, many physiotherapists may suggest that their patients wear devices that are equipped with top of the line sensors to monitor activity levels and vital signs. Examples include headbands, wristbands, and watches that use innovative smart sensor-based technology to aid patients on their path to recovery.
Applications can also be downloaded onto the device or the patient’s smartphone so that both clinicians and patients can make use of advanced educational and tracking resources on-demand.
Light therapy is an increasingly popular therapy that physiotherapists suggest for patients who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD); a condition common during winter when people are exposed to less sunlight during the winter.
Many people feel lethargic, depressed, and unmotivated during the winter, and light therapy can help reduce such symptoms during the winter. It can also be used to help treat insomnia, dementia, jet lag, and certain forms of depression that do not occur seasonally.
Light therapy is also very popular because it has very few to no side effects in the vast majority of patients who undergo it. It’s regarded as a very safe alternative to certain antidepressants that can induce serious or unpleasant side effects, many of which are worse than the condition they treat.
This therapy involves using a light therapy box, which is a box that emits a bright, natural light that while the patient sleeps or works indoors.