Physiotherapy refers to treating diseases, disorders and disabilities using physical methods. For this, physiotherapy professionals (physiotherapists) use various kinds of equipment called as physio equipment or physio products.
These products are mainly used to help in doing daily tasks and to reduce pain created by any procedure. There are different therapies for healing different parts of the body. Choosing the right equipment is vital for a physio-clinic. As a physiotherapist, you need not break the bank to buy physio- equipment but at the same time must ensure it is made of sturdy, comfortable material.
Here is a list of most popular physio equipment:
Exercise equipment: Different types of exercises are the most common type of physiotherapy. Therapists utilize variety of exercise machines for curing disability and disorder of bones and for healing muscles. Examples are treadmills, pedal exerciser, elliptical trainers and exercise bikes.Exercise bikes are very popular to help patients recover from ankle, leg and foot injuries. Stationary bikes are recommended: they are ideal for all age groups and encourage thoracic and lumbar flexion.
Treatment tables:These are not optional in a physio-clinic but vital for ensuring patient comfort while you administer occupational therapy to patients. Tables must be sturdy and comfortably padded to suit heavy patients as well as prolonged treatment.
Ultrasound: It has wide uses and has become popular in physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy ultrasound machine can be used to treat different kinds of injuries. It is also viewing equipment that can help locate areas where blood flow is poor or which are cracked, fractured or stressed. The therapeutic uses of ultrasound are: to treat tightness of joints; sprains and injuries of ligaments; frozen shoulders; Tendonitis; Tears and strains of muscles; and Bursitis.
Isokinetics: They help patients recover from accidents that have caused a loss of mass of muscles and impeding of muscle growth. By applying pressure during stretching exercises, they help gain flexibility. Examples are use of elastic bands.
Electrical stimulation of muscles: This method is mainly used after an accident or severe injury to prevent muscle atrophy and promote muscle growth. A skilled professional can use electrical stimulation to build up basic strength and tone in muscles which have beendamaged or have been subject to disuse. This procedure is used in early stages of physiotherapy when usual options of exercise are impractical because of extreme weakness of muscles.
Exercise balls: One of the simplest types of physio products. They are long lasting spheres which help in stretching many body parts and for enhancing coordination and balance. There are various options of colours and sizes to suit both adults and children.
UBE (Upper Body Ergometer): They are similar to stationary bikes as regard appearance. They are mainly used to treat shoulders, arms and upper sections of the body. Stationary bikes are focused on legs.
Balance chair and ball: One of the most useful equipment to conduct physiotherapy. Vital for patients who are exercising to get normal and fit. It helps align the body and the spine while performing exercises. The chair has been designed ergonomically to prevent all muscle strains while doing exercises using balance ball.