A natural way to treat what ails you?

Do you suffer from headaches? Toothache? Earache? Pain in the feet? Creaking knees?
Post-natal incontinence? Tingling in the fingertips? Neck stiffness? An aching
in the pelvic area? There is a completely natural, non-invasive way to
treat these debilitating conditions, and many, many more.
No, it’s
not some new therapy imported from the Far East or invented in California, it’s
something you’ve known about for many years: PHYSIOTHERAPY!
Physiotherapy has a remarkably wide scope of practice, one which the general public
often isn’t aware of - they tend to think of physio only when it comes to
a stiff neck or frozen shoulder. Physio is a therapy which works with the entire
musculoskeletal system, so any condition that in any way affects muscles or joints
can be helped in this way. Persistent toothache and earache, for instance, can
often result from tension in the tempora-mandibular joint - that’s the joint
that connects the jaw and the skull. Post-natal incontinence is caused by stretching
of the pelvic floor muscle - a physio can help you identify this muscle, and teach
you to exercise it. Aching feet and knees may have a range of causes, many of
them referring down from a troubled back. We even have physiotherapists in South
Africa who use their expertise with muscles and joints to treat the aches and
pains of our non-human kin. In one case, a brave physiotherapist in Pretoria did
physio on a lion! On 8 September 2006, it’s International Physiotherapy
day, and South African physiotherapists will be celebrating a very long history,

dating back to Hippocrates, who advocated massage and Hector, who used hydrotherapy
(water therapy) in 460 BC. The earliest documented origins of modern physiotherapy
as a professional group dates back to 1894 when nurses in the UK formed the Chartered
Society of Physiotherapy.In South Africa, the Physiotherapy Society was formed
not long after that, in 1924.Physiotherapy gained ground as a profession and a
scientific discipline during World War I, when horrific injuries to soldiers needed
intensive rehabilitation. In treating these injuries, the early physios learned
much about how to mobilise muscles, how to release spasms, how to exercise and
stretch injured limbs. A further burst of learning occurred when health care professionals
were faced with the wasting and disability that resulted from polio. Today, physiotherapy
is an integral part of any medical team. Physiotherapists help to rehabilitate
car-accident victims, get those with spinal injuries back to functional living,
teach babies with low muscle tone to sit and stand alone, and help elite athletes
to do their best at major sports events such as the Olympics, as well as mobilising
and manipulating away neck aches and back pain for you and me!On 8 September,
the provinces of the SA Society of Physiotherapy will celebrate their special
day in various ways - for example, in North Gauteng, physios are collecting soft
toys to give to young cancer patients. If you’d like to know more about
what’s happening in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me
on RegardsDaphne Beukes


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