W7, W5, W13, Ealing, West London
57 Elthorne Avenue
Hanwell, W7 2JY
T: 020 8566 4113
Please phone the number above during working hours to make an appointment. Our reception service will be happy to book your session.
10 min. walk from Boston Manor Tube Station.
15 min. walk from Northfields Tube Station.
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There is no doubt that Ealing physiotherapy clinics are now offering some truly cutting-edge treatment options to those who are recovering from an injury or surgery.
Research, however, shows that more proactive treatment options can vastly decrease overall recovery times. In the past, many physiotherapists would rely upon techniques such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation to ease pain and begin the healing process.
Whilst these are indeed effective at addressing symptoms, they normally do not tackle the root of the issue such as a pinched nerve or scar tissue.
Doctors are now using these methods in conjunction with a much more “physical” approach to physical therapy. They encourage patients to become active as soon as physically possible (without risking further injury, of course).
Simple bed rest and immobility are not being prescribed as frequently. Some of the most hands-on techniques that doctors may now recommend include:
Supervised fitness routines.
It should also be pointed out that assistive devices are being used much less. Examples here can be splints, slings, and back braces.
Anyone who has ever broken an arm or a leg is well aware that the limb is much weaker once the cast is removed. The same holds true for any type of self-limiting injury.
Doctors now appreciate that keeping a certain part of the body immobile will weaken muscles, stiffen joints, and in some cases, even cause a loss of bone mass. Furthermore, increased movement will help to stimulate the blood flow to the affected area. This speeds the recovery process whilst allowing the patient to remain more active throughout the day.
Indeed, it’s necessary to highlight that in the case of a severe injury. Ealing physio practitioners will still approach treatment options with a great deal of caution. Different types of recovery programmes will be based around each specific case as well as the history of the patient in question.
Thus, it will be interesting to see what other advancements take place within this field as technology continues to improve.
Therapeutic Ultrasound, PhysicalTherapyWeb.com
New Trends in Physical Therapy, WebMD