Physiotherapy is otherwise known as physical therapy. It deals with bodily ailments – as opposed to psychotherapy which is used to treat mental disorders. Physiotherapy can be used to solve a great variety of problems, not the least of them being the sensory processing disorder.
The main goals of physiotherapy
The first aim is to improve a patient’s quality of life. Usually, the physical problems cause a patient a lot of pain, or make it difficult or impossible to live without relying on other people’s help and assistance. Physiotherapy aims at reducing the pain and making the patient’s body more able, mobile, and self-reliant.
Many ways towards common goals
There are many various kinds of physiotherapy. Some of them aren’t even recognized as forms of mainstream medicine, but are relegated to the fuzzy category of unconventional medicine. For example, osteopathy is still thought to be a branch of alternative medicine, even though it’s helped many people with their backpain.
The most epitomic kind of physical therapy is probably manual therapy. A manual therapist massages your body searching for points of tension and then puts pressure on those points to relieve the tension. Another kind of physiotherapy is exercise therapy, usually aimed to help children learn the right posture and help their spines grow properly. A physiotherapist prepares a set of exercises which the patient then does at home. The exercises are designed so that they stretch muscles which are too tight, and they strengthen muscles which are too weak.
The right type of physiotherapy can do wonders even for such ailments as sensory processing disorder which affects both body and the brain.