Muscle contractions allow the body to move, stretch, extend and respond to external stimulus. As one ages, the tissues tend to become weaker and if left untreated, it can cause serious concerns in the future. Muscle weakness can be caused by injuries to the spine or joints. This makes it difficult for some people to function properly. Physical therapy strengthens muscles and makes the body stronger.
Highly trained specialists, physiotherapists have a deep understanding of the body's motor function. They work one-on-one with patients and assist them in general conditioning exercises to increase muscle activity. These exercises have been shown to decrease the intensity of pain and increase muscle strength.
They also gradually improve the patient’s range of motion. Patients who have suffered a stroke, a surgery or are in pain due to an accident or fall will find it especially helpful.
Patients are also taught by licensed practitioners how to do home exercises that will not only align their body but also improve blood circulation. These include stretching exercises that increase strength and reduce stiffness in muscles and joints.
Regular practice of these exercises should be done according to the instructions given by physiotherapists. They will not only demonstrate how to do it but also monitor patients' performance to make sure they don't use the wrong technique which could lead to worsening of their condition.