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5 Signs You May Need Physiotherapy

When people hear about physiotherapy, they start thinking that it is something reserved for elite athletes or people recovering from injuries. What they don’t know is that it can be used in improving health in several ways.

1. Lost balance
Loss of balance can be caused by issues in your inner ear. One of the most important parts of the body balance system (vestibular system) is the structure inside the ear. If a problem or condition is affecting the inner ear, it can easily end up leaving you with some symptoms like vertigo, dizziness, and balance disturbance that can be hard to live with. There is a physiotherapy treatment known as vestibular rehabilitation that can be used to get rid of the symptoms. The physiotherapist will start by assessing your specific needs before designing some neck, head, and eye exercise that will help in retraining the central nervous system so it can compensate for the problems with your inner ear. Vestibular rehabilitation can be used in addition to surgery or an alternative to surgery when it comes to dealing with inner ear conditions.

2. Pain at your desk
When you sit at your disk the entire day, it is common to start feeling pain. This can be in the form of a headache or backache. The bodies live movements, and when you remain the same posture for a long period, it can cause your joints and muscles to start straining, resulting in pain. Taking regular breaks from your desk, even if it just getting up, stretching, and moving your neck, arms, and upper back will be enough.

3. Constant pain
After suffering an injury, you are going to feel a certain amount of pain that settles after the healing of the tissue. If you have sprained an ankle in the past, then you would expect the pain and limp to last several weeks. The pain will start decreasing when the ligaments start healing, and this will continue until you get back to normal. There are some times when the pain does not go away and it becomes chronic. This is common with neck and lower back pain, and it can be caused by many factors.

A physiotherapist is going to assess the issue and know the right target exercise that is going to help you with your rehabilitation so you can ease the suffering and you can get back to your life.

Treating the pain can include massage, pain education, manipulation and exercises that help in supporting the body parts affected and preventing injuries from happening again.

4. Not moving as easily as you used to
If you start noticing that you are not as flexible or your movement is not as easy as it used to be – you have a hard time touching your toes although you did it in the past – then it might be a good idea to visit a physiotherapist.
They will assess your problem then create a series of exercises that are going to strengthen the supporting tissues and relax your muscles so it can increase your flexibility slowly.

5. Uncontrollable urination
The uncontrolled passing of urine (urinary incontinence) is a common condition, with 3-6 million people affected by the condition in the UK. This condition is more common in women than in men, and it is more likely as we age, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave with it forever.

This condition comes in two types: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress happens when your bladder is under pressure, when you sneeze or cough. Urge incontinence happens when there is a leak of urine when you feel the urge or afterwards. Many people are suffering from a combination of both.

If you suddenly start seeing these symptoms, and especially after suffering from spinal or nerve leg pain, make the effort of seeing a doctor as soon as possible. This will help in ruling out any serious conditions.