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    In general, most people associate physiotherapy with an image of a disabled person on a wheelchair, struggling to learn how to walk or move after an injury/accident. However, there has been a growing awareness about the fact that physiotherapy is not just limited to aged or disabled people; anyone with discomfort or physical pain can benefit from physiotherapy.

    In some instances, people tend to downplay the necessity of getting the required treatment for their discomfort or chronic pain. With respect to compensating for weaknesses, the body has a miraculous ability to adapt; this translates into you either adapting or getting used to the physical setback within a short span of time.

    when should you see a physiotherapist?

    Pain that keeps recurring: If you have suffered an injury, then a definite amount of pain is expected till the healing process of the affected tissue is complete. In case you have sprained an ankle, the pain generally lasts for a few weeks. Once the affected ligaments in the ankle start to heal, the pain subsides in a proportionate manner. Experiencing pain while sitting at your desk: You may experience pain if you sit at your desk for long periods of time. This can present itself in the form of headaches and backaches. The human body is designed for movement, so remaining in one posture for extended periods can lead to cramps of the joints and muscles of the body. Thus, it is recommended that you take regular breaks to keep the body active and in motion. Experiencing mobility issues: If you notice a decline in your flexibility or mobility and a lack of smoothness in your movements, then a visit to the physiotherapist should be in order. An example of this would be the inability to touch your toes. A physiotherapist can assess the situation and suggest stretches to strengthen the tissues and relax the muscles; this will aid in improving flexibility. Urinating in an uncontrollable manner: Urinary incontinence is a common disorder that affects women more than men. The chances of being affected by this condition increase with age. The two types of urinary incontinence are urge (intense need to pass urine causing urine leakage) and stress (coughing or sneezing that puts stress on the bladder) incontinence. Neurological disorders: A victim of stroke may require extensive physiotherapy to learn skills related to mobility and flexibility. A physiotherapist will suggest what support needs to be used, exercises to be performed and the amount of stress one can take. Prescribed medications don’t work as intended: If you have been suffering from pain as a result of an injury and the prescribed pain medication does not have the desired effect, opting to see a physiotherapist is a good idea.