Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when you are affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists can help through enabling movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Exercise is an important part of recovery following any injury or illness and has a proven record with regard to prevention of relapse in many conditions.
Following trauma, surgical intervention, or during and/or after radiotherapy treatment you may find that you are suffering from some dysfunction in the neck, shoulder, jaw or near any donor site you may have had. This also includes the mouth and tongue after major oral surgery – some aspects of speech and language therapy may well be viewed as physiotherapy for the mouth / tongue.
Joints and muscles like movement where ever they are in the body. Any joints or muscles that have been affected by trauma and/or surgery need to be moved as soon as you can to help reduce, and get over, any stiffness or weakness that may occur following such events. Some conditions such as facial pain syndrome or jaw joint conditions benefit from physiotherapy as a prime treatment approach.
During and after radiotherapy in the head and neck region, physiotherapy and specific exercises have an important role to play in preventing the development of some unwanted effects from scarring of muscle tissue: this is a circumstance where prevention is much preferable over any attempts of cure.
The best physiotherapist in the world will not be able to help you, unless you engage in the process and take active steps to help yourself.
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