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How Physiotherapy Promotes Pain Relief

For people suffering from physical conditions and illnesses that cause pain, there are many pain solutions available to help eliminate or greatly reduce pain and promote healing. Physiotherapy is one method of achieving pain relief. Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques to treat injuries and accompanying pain. Physiotherapists are able to perform tests to identify the problem and design and implement the correct treatment plan. By concentrating on specific musculoskeletal system areas such as the spine, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc., that are impacted by pain, a physiotherapist can develop a treatment plan that helps a patient achieve pain relief and recover much faster. The following is a list of the various pain relief treatments that can be administered by a physiotherapist:

Therapeutic Exercises

Physiotherapists use specific exercises that are designed to promote quicker recovery and alleviate pain. The exercises help improve muscle control and increase muscle strength and flexibility. For instance, Postural Training and Core Stability Exercises Training are types of therapeutic exercises used by physiotherapists. Postural training helps to improve posture and reduce back, neck, and shoulder pain and injury. Core Stability Exercises involves specific therapeutic exercises designed to help the body to re-learn correct movement patterns by activating specific core muscles. It helps with re-teaching the body to move in the correct way to reduce pain and promote healing of the injured area.

Medical Massage

Physiotherapists can employ medical massage techniques to alleviate pain and promote healing.For instance, athletes will receive sports massages which is a form of physiotherapy. This type of massage focuses on a specific injured area such as the back, shoulder, or knee. It is designed to improve strength and endurance, promote flexibility, and relieve pain. A deep tissue massage is another type of medical massage. This type of massage focuses on the deep layers of the muscles. It targets tight knots and alleviates muscle tension which makes it very effective at alleviating pain and promoting muscle relaxation.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Ultrasound is another pain relief technique employed by physiotherapists. This treatment involves high frequency sound waves being generated and used to promote healing and alleviate pain. Physiotherapists will use ultrasound to treat neuroma, arthritis, and more.

Ergonomics Training

Ergonomics training helps to prevent pain resulting from poor posture when sitting, repetitive movements, and when sitting at a office desk for many hours. Physiotherapists can teach patients how to maintain proper posture to prevent muscle pain, back spasms, tightness of the muscles, and body aches in such areas as the neck, shoulders and lower back.


As a safe, non-invasive, and drug-free treatment technique used to manage long-term and acute pain, Electrotherapy can also be used to stimulate muscle fibre contraction through the application of electro- acupuncture point stimulation.

Physiotherapists are medical professionals that treat a broad range of injuries and associated pain. The above list is just a small sample of the beneficial treatment methods that help not just relieve pain, but also promote body healing.


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The History of Chiropractic Treatments

Chiropractic treatments deal with the relationship between the structure of the body and how it functions. The practice mainly focuses on the spine, which is manipulated to enhance the body’s natural healing process, improve function, alleviate pain and correct alignment problems. This type of physiotherapy was identified as a distinct profession in 1895 although people have known about the relationship between the spine and general health since ancient time.

For example, Herodotus was known for using therapeutic exercises to correct spinal abnormalities and treat different diseases. Alternatively, He would manipulate the spine of a patient who was too weak to perform exercises. Aristotle criticized Herodotus, not because his approach was ineffective, but for making old men youthful and prolonging “their lives too greatly.”

Writings from Greece and China dating between 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. discuss spinal manipulation for alleviating low back pain. Even Hippocrates wrote about it, encouraging people to understand the spine because it was “the requisite for many diseases.”

The earlier treatment methods were rather crude. Daniel David Palmer discovered and used a specific spinal adjustment in 1895. He first performed the adjustment on Harvey Lillard and treated deafness that had been caused by an earlier injury.

Palmer studied the physiotherapy technique further and determined it could be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Chiropractic treatment has a positive impact on the nervous system and joints.

Born in Ontario in 1845, Palmer moved to the U.S. at the age of 20. He was conversant with developments of his time, including the work of a magnetic healer called Paul Caster. He learned the technique and opened Palmer Cure & Infirmary two years later.

Palmer worked late on September 18, 1895 and Harvey Lillard, a janitor, started working close to him. He noted Lillard did not react when a fire engine passed by with a lot of noise. He approached Lillard and discovered the man was deaf when he tried to talk to him.

Palmer found a way to communicate with Lillard and learned that he used to hear things well. One day, he felt a “pop” on his back when he stooped. He discovered he could not hear anything when he stood up.

Palmer connected the popping and deafness. When he ran his hand down Lillard’s spine, he noticed that one of his vertebras was dislocated. It took him half an hour to persuade Lillard to let him replace the vertebra. He used the “spinous process” to put the dislocated vertebra back to its normal position and Lillard regained his hearing.

In the succeeding months, Palmer treated many patients suffering from a wide variety of diseases, from flu to heart complications, using his “hand treatment” method. He later used two Greek words: cheir (hand) and praxis (practice) to coin the word chiropractic.

Palmer established the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1897 and accepted the first students the following year. Unfortunately, both the media and medical fraternity vilified him. However, chiropractors have gained legal recognition throughout the U.S.