Physical Therapy or Physiotherapy in Singapore

singapore physical therapy or physiotherapy Some facts about Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy or physiotherapy is a science that aims to help patients to maintain, improve or recover their physical abilities. It is a therapy for ill, injured or disabled people to recover their movement and function to the full potential without any drugs or even surgery.

This is according to the medical dictionary:

Physical therapy or physiotherapy is a treatment of any pain, disease or injury by physical means.

It is a profession that is concerned with health promotion, along with prevention of physical disabilities. It is an evaluation and rehabilitation of persons who are disabled by pain, disease, or injury with treatment by physical therapeutic measures and not by medical, surgical, or radiologic measures.

Making a person fit and capable of doing something means habitation. Rehabilitation means making a person fit and capable to do something that he can't do properly but he used to do. So it means restoration of the ability or abilities in a person.

What is physical therapy or physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy consist of manual therapies, exercise programs and techniques of electrotherapy to cure:
Musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, back pain or injuries from sports.
Neurological conditions like stroke, multiple sclerosis and injuries of spinal cord.
Cardiothoracic conditions like emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis.
Physical therapy aims to restore the proper function of the body and to reduce the impact of any dysfunction due to injuries or permanent disease. Physiotherapy can help a person to recover from surgery.

Who Are Physiotherapists?

Trained healthcare professionals are known as Physiotherapists or Physical Therapist (PTs). They study medical science subjects which includes neuroscience, anatomy and physiology. They should have the health education needed for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, etc., of patients having physical disorder and problems. The Physical therapist provides services that help patients with physical disability due to injury or disease to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and to prevent or limit permanent disabilities. The physical therapist also help people to restore, maintain and promote general fitness and health.

Type of physiotherapy or physical therapy

Physical therapy is a form of treatment that is very effective for varied range of conditions. It help to recover fast after surgery. Therapist are trained in several areas like children’s health (paediatrics), sports medicine or women’s health.

Normally the types of physiotherapy are:

  • Musculoskeletal – Our bones, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, joints, and other connective tissue makes the musculoskeletal system. So this is an organ system that enables to move using our muscles and bones.
    This therapy aim to treat any problem related to muscles, bones and joints and is also known as orthopaedic physiotherapy.

  • Cardiothoracic –The heart and the circulatory systems is known as the cardiovascular systems. Nutrients and oxygen via blood vessels is carried to the tissues of our body and the waste and carbon dioxide are removes by the Circulatory system.
    This therapy aims to treat any disorders related to cardio-respiratory system like asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. This therapy can also offer rehabilitation after thoracic surgery.

  • Neurological – Nerves and muscles makes up the neuromuscular systems in our body. Nerve includes brain, spine and nerves throughout the body.
    This therapy aims to treat any disorders which are related to nervous system. Which includes head injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. This therapy can also offer rehabilitation after brain surgery.

  • Respiratory - Breathing organs like the lungs, bronchi, trachea, larynx, throat, and nose makes the respiratory systems in our body.
    This therapy aim to treat any disorder related to respiratory organs.

singapore physiotherapy Common areas where physiotherapy is most effective

Orthopaedic physical therapy

These therapist deals to treat injuries and disorders related to musculoskeletal system. These therapist are specialist in the treatment of:
  • Post-operative joints
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Affecting muscles, bones, ligaments or tendons due to disease or injuries
  • Amputations
  • Rehabilitation for post-orthopaedic surgery patients

Geriatric physical therapy

These therapist mainly deals with adults and older people and are specialist in the treatment of:

This therapy aims at pain management, to get the patient mobile again after major surgery and to optimizing fitness levels among others.

Neurological physical therapy

These therapist deals to treat patients with a neurological disorder or disease and are specialist in:
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Paralysis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Poor balance
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Vision impairment
  • Walking difficulties

Pulmonary and cardiovascular rehabilitation physical therapy

These therapist deals with patients having disease or disorder of the heart, circulatory system, or pulmonary system. The therapist focus is to increase the patient's independence. Patients having pulmonary problems, like cystic fibrosis, to get fluid build-up out of the lungs might need manual therapy. These therapist are specialist in:
  • Recovering patients after a heart attack
  • Recovering patients after bypass surgery
  • Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Patients with pulmonary fibrosis

Paediatric physical therapy

These therapist deals with children with different type of diseases and disorders. Patients that they deal with may include children with:
  • Spina bifida
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Torticollis

The range of therapies for the therapist

Physiotherapists are concerned with a wide range of therapies, according to the need of the patients. Which mainly include:
  • Manual therapies – This includes massage, manual resistance training, stretching and joint manipulation and mobilisation, also spinal mobilisation.
  • Electrotherapy techniques – This includes ultrasound, laser therapy and diathermy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
  • Exercise programs – This includes posture retraining, cardiovascular training and stretching, muscle strengthening.
  • Some more services – Including taping and splinting, correcting flawed sporting techniques, and guiding with information on equipment aids like wheelchairs and walking frames.

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