Physiotherapy is a quickly growing area of therapy that focuses on dealing with disabilities through movement. It is a method that gradually restores the function of various parts of the body. A few things must be kept in mind throughout this often demanding process of healing.
Undetectable, Slight Changes
Physiotherapy is built almost entirely on extremely small and borderline undetectable increases in body and muscle functions. It is not a process that happens even close to overnight, and its slow success is often the biggest problem people have with the method. Success is not easy to track either. This is largely because a medium function in the muscle is hard to detect against little function. In other words, if the movement is only getting slightly better, it is hard for that to be measured as movement.
It is also a case where individuals can see vast improvements in a very short period of time after spending months with nearly no obvious progress being made. In this regard, physiotherapy is not unlike weight loss. It is difficult to begin the process and to sustain it. Once it starts, people can build acceleration in their progress. This is until they hit a natural block or wall. It then becomes extremely difficult to breach that divide.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Physiotherapy is also a process where patients can feel every minute. The reason behind this is repetition. The process is not necessarily complex. Patients exercise repetitive cyclical motions to restore function and improve the disability. But, it is hardly exciting. One of the most common processes in physio therapy is called Repetitive Strain Injury. It often affects the forearms, neck, or wrists and arms. The patient will move the injured area ever-so-slightly and continue these repetitive motions to restore full control.
What makes it particularly difficult is the constant strain and tension patients will likely feel. The body does not want to move, but it has to. The crux of Physiotherapy relies on fighting against a natural instinct to not move. Repetition, thousands of times over, will bring everything back. That is the heart of physiotherapy.