From stress to cold: with what physiotherapy will help
The use of heat, light, magnetic field, electric current and other physical factors for therapeutic purposes is called physiotherapy. People have long heard that such procedures are useful and widely used in medicine. However, not everyone knows what the specificity of different physiotherapeutic methods is and in what cases this or that procedure will be useful.
What is the essence of physiotherapy methods
Physical therapy is aimed at both the prevention of various diseases, as well as the rehabilitation and recovery from diseases, injuries, etc. Using effects on the human body of water, heat, electricity, etc. You can activate the immune system, treat chronic diseases of the upper respiratory tract (sinusitis, bronchial asthma, etc.), correct the spine, joints, treat urological and gynecological diseases, etc.
Also effective is physiotherapy in the treatment of skin diseases and cosmetic problems, the removal of nervous tension and stress. Often, physiotherapy also includes manual therapy – that is, massage, physical therapy – especially stretching exercises, stretching, etc. That is, physiotherapy is a treatment without the use of drugs and chemical preparations. Here are some of the most popular and most effective physiotherapy methods:
UHF-therapy – effects on the body using ultra-high-frequency electromagnetic field
Ultrasound – with the help of mechanical, physico-chemical and weak thermal action, a kind of “micro-massage” of tissues occurs
Outdoor laser therapy – exposure to tissues with the help of light and heat
Lymph therapy, massage, lymphatic drainage massage, which accelerates the flow of lymph and relieves swelling, etc.
What effect does the physiotherapy have on the body?
With the help of various physiotherapeutic methods, blood and lymph circulation is improved, which contributes to the regeneration of tissues, the reduction of inflammatory processes, the improvement of the functioning of the stomach, intestines, gall bladder and other internal organs due to the antispastic effect on them. Also, physiotherapy can reduce blood pressure, pain, speed up metabolism, etc.
Therefore, the range of areas in medicine, where physiotherapy is used, is very wide: from rehabilitation after strokes to cosmetology. Also, physiotherapeutic procedures are able to solve the problems of overwork at work, relieve stress, remove dizziness and imbalance, muscle strain, etc.
Are there any contraindications for physiotherapy?
An important step in the treatment of any disease or prophylaxis of itself with the help of physiotherapy is a preliminary consultation with a physiotherapist: a specialist will evaluate the indications, the prospect of therapy, possible risks or contraindications. So, with systemic diseases of the blood, heart and blood vessels, neurological problems, acute infectious diseases, etc. physiotherapy procedures are contraindicated.