How physiotherapy helps
Physiotherapy helps clients to resolve or learn to manage their physical disabilities. We help our patients to feel more physically well and be as independent as they can be. A wide range of problems and symptoms respond well to physiotherapy. This includes poor mobility, pain, nausea, breathlessness, fatigue, weakness and swelling. We help patients to feel more confident physically. This reduces their anxiety and the fear of future problems.
The process of therapy
"I have benefitted greatly... I am physically more comfortable, as well as learning how to avoid potential problems..."
On the initial visit, the physiotherapist will assess the patient's needs and discuss what goals they might aim for. For some, the advice they receive during this visit is all that is needed. For others, a series of sessions takes place over a number of weeks or months. Patients leave the service when their agreed goals have been met.
Three aspects of care
- Hands-on treatment helps to relieve symptoms and improve mobility.
- Patients learn more about their physical difficulties. They can then feel more confident about helping themselves.
- A personal exercise programme may be given so that patients can continue making progress at home.
"Physiotherapy helped me realize that I can change my physical state and not allow the cancer to dominate now its gone."
Being as active as possible can make a big difference to our patients. It can help them to continue with the normal routines of everyday life and feel better about their body. It can also reduce the risk of health problems in the future.