Physiotherapy is a safe and effective treatment to relieve pain, restore mobility, and help with everyday activities. It also helps improve your quality of life and boosts your confidence.
Whether you are recovering from surgery, or have chronic back pain, arthritis, or another condition, home physiotherapy can help you feel better. It is a great way to reduce the cost of in-house care and increase your independence. Licensed physical therapists can teach you how to perform exercises and movements at your own pace, based on your health and fitness level. They start with easy exercises and gradually increase the intensity of your workout.
Home physiotherapy is also suitable for high-risk patients who may have problems travelling to clinics and would be at risk of picking up infections. They can get expert advice and treatment from the comfort of their own homes.
To study the effects of a home-based physiotherapy programme for preventing falls in people with Parkinson’s disease, researchers conducted a multicentre, pragmatic, investigator-masked, randomised controlled trial. 541 people with Parkinson’s disease participated in the trial and were assigned to either a physiotherapy programme or usual care. They were asked to record all their falls on a calendar for 6 months and tested their balance, strength and walking. People receiving the physiotherapy programme fell significantly less often than those in the control group. Those who received the physiotherapy programme were also more likely to be confident in their ability to stop themselves from falling.