Physiotherapy and Natural Therapies: Why Not Both?

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Most of us who maintain an active and healthy lifestyle are aware of the benefits of physiotherapy. Whether you’re a life-long sports enthusiast, you have suffered an injury or you simply like to remain health-conscious, many people have directly experienced the great benefits that a physiotherapist can bring to our lives. But could we be doing more?

We tend to associate physiotherapy with the alleviation of a particular isolated problem but there is a growing awareness of the holistic nature of our bodies, how it works in interconnected (and sometimes surprising!) ways. In this article, we’re discussing natural therapy and how it connects to physiotherapy. A combination of the two may help you to achieve your health goals!

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy employs knowledge of the traditional mechanics of the body to gain results for patients during their rehabilitation, the treatment of chronic injuries, and for injury-prevention purposes. At Power Physiotherapy, we offer a range of physiotherapies including:

  • Sports injury physiotherapy
  • Headache physiotherapy
  • The McKenzie Method; and
  • Remedial massage.

Many will already be familiar with such treatments and know their effectiveness in improving range of motion, relieving acute pain and speeding up the process of recovery, as well as improving balance, flexibility, and preventing injury.

We also provide a number of therapies that incorporate natural holistic approaches into physiotherapeutic practice.

How Natural Therapies Complement Your Physiotherapy

‘Natural remedies’ is a broad term that encapsulates a number of different approaches to health and lifestyle. Broadly speaking, natural remedies focus on methods to alleviate health problems – and boost overall health – without any of the invasive procedures involved in much modern medicine, and based on the ideas of balance and non-artificiality.

One example of a natural therapy not always considered by our clients is the practice of ‘dry needling’. The practice of dry needling involves the insertion of fine needles into muscular ‘trigger points’, such that built-up tension is relieved and muscles are restored to their normal function. Dry needling differs from ‘acupuncture’ – which is based on theories of traditional Chinese medicine – and is an example of a non-surgical, non-drug based medicine that nevertheless produces concrete results.

Our clinical pilates program is another example of a natural therapy that has been combined with the rigour of traditional physiotherapy to produce excellent results for our clients. Pilates is a non-impact therapy based on promoting better posture, balance, and awareness of the body as a whole. It is very helpful in rehabilitation and injury prevention as it emphasises the mind’s awareness of the body.

Natural Remedies and Diet

Many of our clients find benefits from employing natural remedies (such as herbal remedies), whole-foods diets and an avoidance of things like excessive sugar and alcohol. Natural remedies may be helpfully incorporated into a health-routine involving the above practices.

However, one should consult a doctor before replacing traditional, Western medical practices with purely natural remedies and alternative medicines. Always seek out the best information for your health needs.

Power Physiotherapy aims to combine the best of traditional physiotherapeutic practice with an incorporation of the best of natural therapy. For rehabilitative purposes or general improvements to holistic health, contact us today to seek advice or make an appointment!