World Physiotherapy Day is observed on September 8, every year to promote awareness about the importance of physiotherapies and chronic pain treatments in keeping people healthy and active. This year’s theme is “Prevention and Management of Osteoarthritis.”

The rise of the long work-from-home hours in the post-Covid 19-era has put people at risk of rheumatological diseases such as low back pain, cervical and thoracic pain, shoulder pain, headaches, cancer, fibromyalgia, and muscular dystrophy. Hence, it has become increasingly important for people (especially millennials) to recognise the early red flags of physical immobility and take immediate action to avoid later suffering. 

Since the dawn of the electronic age, smaller components and new technologies have been used for therapies. Electrical stimulators and ultrasounds are two physiotherapy devices that are becoming more popular. These are some of the common treatments you should know. 

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy: 

Commonly known as orthopaedic physiotherapy, concentrates on the diagnosis and repair of any disorders associated with the musculoskeletal system. Bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles constitute the musculoskeletal system. This type of physiotherapy treats all types of neck or back discomfort, fractures, physical traumas, or sprains.

Geriatric physiotherapy:

 As we age, our metabolism decreases and our capacity to stay active diminishes. Geriatric Physiotherapy can be quite beneficial in keeping us in shape. This therapy aids in the maintenance of mobility, corrects our body postures, manages chronic joint problems, cures physiological illnesses, and helps in the development of body stamina and flexibility.

Ultrasound therapy:

This treatment is one of the most recent physiotherapy techniques developed for individuals suffering from arthritis, tendonitis, and muscle strain. The ultrasound vibration is applied gently to the damaged tissues. The frequency (controlled with gentle beams) is intended to activate the tendons, ligaments, and fascia, and then the vibrations are gently absorbed to provide comfort.

Thermal therapy:

It entails using a heating pack or paraffin wax to relieve pain in stiff muscles, increase blood flow to the muscle or joint, and increase muscle and joint flexibility.