The Role of Physiotherapy in Preventative Health Care 

We all understand, on some level, that the best way to stay healthy is to take steps to protect our health. Most of us now accept that doing certain things, or not developing bad habits can keep us healthy for longer. For example, taking regular exercise and avoiding drinking too much alcohol are both proven ways to get fit, and stay healthy for longer. 

Over the years, steps and actions like these have been explained to us multiple times. So, for those who take health seriously not drinking too much and taking regular exercise is almost second nature. 
However, there are other less obvious things that you can do to protect yourself from disease and from aging prematurelyFor example, did you know that your local physiotherapist could potentially play an important role in keeping you fit and healthy? 

What are physiotherapists?
When you think of physiotherapists, what is the first thing that pops into your head? 
I bet you think about someone being helped back to fitness after a serious injury or an athlete being treated so they can train more, and become stronger. This is only natural, because that is how we see physiotherapists portrayed in the media. 

How can a physiotherapist can help you to stay fit?
However, did you know that a good physiotherapist could help you to stay fit too? You do not have to be seriously injured, or be an athlete to be able to benefit from their extensive knowledge of your body’s musculoskeletal system. 
There is no need to wait to be injured, or for disease to take hold before seeking their help. If you suffer from muscle tension, or have started to notice a particular weakness in a limb a physiotherapist can help.  
He or she can analyse your symptoms and give you a thorough check up. Doing so allows the physiotherapist to diagnose the underlying cause of the problem. They can then put together a treatment regime that is tailored to your needs. Taking this approach allows you to spot problems with your body early and tackle them before they become more debilitating. 
You can also use a physiotherapist to keep you mobile as you age. Their expertise will enable you to keep your body strong. This means that you will be able to carry on exercising for longer, and, therefore stay fit and active well into old age. 

How to find a good physiotherapist ?
Whether you are looking for physiotherapy in Northwich, or in another town you need to take the time to do a little research. It is important to find a practitioner that is properly qualified, well regulated and has the experience you need.   
For example, if you live in the UK, finding someone who is registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council would be a good idea. You can check to see if your physiotherapist is registered with them here.  

If you live elsewhere in the world you need to identify the relevant governing body, and look for a trained practitioner that is registered with them. It is also important to look for a physiotherapist with relevant experience of treating your particular issue or condition.

*collaborative post 

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