Listen To Your Body: Signs You May Need To See A Physiotherapist

Everyone can suffer from aches and pains now and then, and most of the time, they are temporary or transitional and go away on their own or with over-the-counter meds. However, in some cases, the problem might require an assessment by a physiotherapist.

While most people believe that physiotherapy is reserved for athletes, it is a therapeutic approach specializing in helping people with various conditions.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain, joint problems, constant headaches, sports injuries or virtually any other condition, don’t hesitate to reach out to a physiotherapist. Read along to learn more about more of the signs that you may need to consider physiotherapy.

 

Experiencing Constant Pain

It’s no wonder that chronic pain seems to be the most frequent symptom that brings people to the physiotherapist. Nonetheless, many people ignore their aches because they tend to go away by themselves or with OTC anti-inflammatories.

However, experiencing recurrent pain with the tendency to deteriorate and persist for a couple of days may be a warning sign. It is necessary to note that the severity of the pain does not always correlate with the tissue damage, and taking an assessment does not always imply you will have to go through treatment.

 

Impaired Sleeping Patterns

Not being able to fall asleep, waking up in the middle of the night and not getting enough sleep might be another sign that you have to visit a physiotherapist. Since sleep is so critical for our health, sleep disruption can lead to chronic stress, mood swings, anxiety and a decrease in overall cognition and memory.

Many factors can be hurting your sleep, and seeking out physiotherapy may help you identify and treat the underlying causes.

 

Mobility Difficulties

If you have been experiencing joint pain, decreased mobility and flexibility, it might be a sign of arthritis. As we age, it is normal for our joints and bodies to go through a series of changes.

Normal wear and tear may cause your joints to become painful, stiff and even swell sometimes.

Luckily, numerous methods of physiotherapy that specifically target these types of joint and mobility difficulties show tremendous success. After a few sessions, you will be able to get back to practising your favourite sports and activities as if there was nothing wrong.

 

An Injury That Takes Forever to Heal

Suffering from an injury that is causing you chronic pain and takes a lot longer to heal than you have expected suggests a deeper issue at hand that cannot resolve on its own.

In this case, scheduling an appointment with a certified physiotherapist might be a brilliant way to start working towards definitively healing your injury.

 

Lack of Body Balance

A worsened body balance might be indicative of an issue with the vestibular system residing in the inner ear. Symptoms include vertigo, nausea, vomiting, headaches and more. Although the causes may be plenty, patients will almost always benefit greatly from physiotherapy with a method known as vestibular rehabilitation.

With this program, some patients even manage to absolve from surgery and resolve all of their symptoms.

 

Book Your Appointment With us Today!

The list of issues listed above is by no means limited. Whether you’re experiencing any of these problems or you are wondering if physiotherapy can benefit you in other ways, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Tread Well is a team of highly trained and certified professionals that provides a holistic approach to treating your issues using various research-backed methods and strategies.

To put a stop to your pain and discomfort, give us a call at 289-337-1657 or book an appointment online!

Reflexology is NOT a Foot Massage

Maybe you’ve been curious about reflexology for a while, but don’t quite understand what it’s all about. It can also be easy to quickly assume that reflexology is just another foot or hand massage. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In this article, we’re going to dive into exactly what reflexology involves, how it differs from a foot massage, and the benefits you can expect to receive from a reflexology session. 

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology involves the application of pressure to different areas of the feet, hands and ears. Where this pressure is applied depends on the area you’re looking to target. Certain areas of the feet are associated with different organs and body systems. In fact, when pressure is applied to a certain part of the hands, ears or feet, it is expected to help relax and heal associated body parts or systems.

Reflexology is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Similar to other types of Traditional Chinese Medicine, reflexology aims to re-establish balance to the energy that flows within the body. However, there is more recent scientific evidence behind these ancient practices.

In the late 1800s, scientists uncovered that nerves link the skin and the internal organs. Further, it was discovered that touch actually impacted the entire nervous system of the body. This is exactly how reflexology is thought to help alleviate pain and discomforts. In fact, the human foot is thought to have over 7000 nerve endings.

Most reflexologists use a reflexology chart of the feet to determine what areas to apply pressure to that will help a certain organ or system in the body. The same also goes for the hands. These reflexology charts help determine the best way to address your issues or pain.

How It Differs From a Foot Massage

Unlike reflexology, a foot massage aims to address issues within the soft tissues of the feet, such as plantar fasciitis or other causes of heel or foot pain. Meanwhile, foot reflexology and hand reflexology strives to use the feet, hands, and ears as a way to interact with organs and systems deep within the body and help them relax and rebalance. 

For instance, research has found reflexology to help ease anxiety in those undergoing heart surgery. Yet, there are many more benefits than this when it comes to reflexology. Keep reading to find out!

The Benefits

Is reflexology right for you? What can you expect from foot reflexology?

  1. Relaxation
    Since reflexology is thought to act on the nervous system, it can help relax your entire body by switching the nervous system to the ‘rest-and-digest’ mode. You may feel a wave of calm spread across your body as you undergo a reflexology session.
  2. Enhanced Neural Function
    As we age, nerve endings actually become less sensitive — especially on our extremities. By using these pathways to promote relaxation and decreased discomfort, the functionality of these neural pathways is also improved. This weighs into the whole idea of ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it.’ By keeping these pathways active, you can improve your overall health.
  3. Improved Blood Circulation
    Reflexology can also contribute to increased blood circulation, helping parts of your body receive vital nutrients and oxygen that they need to function as they should.
  4. Decreased Discomfort
    Reflexology can help when it comes to various conditions, including anxiety, cancer treatment, asthma, diabetes, PMS, headaches, sinus issues and more.

Contact Tread Well Today
Are you interested in booking your first reflexology session? Our team at Tread Well is here for you.

Call us at 289-337-1657 or email us at reception@treadwell.ca to schedule your next appointment. Discover the benefits of reflexology today!

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