Advancements In Technology: Boon To The Mankind

Piyush Pankaj Bhargav, CMO, NigntingalesAn alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Piyush has over 18 years of experience in Brand Management, Internet Marketing, Ad Sales, Cross Border Trade, and is responsible for strategic Alliances & Managing media agencies.

Rapid advancements in technology and their continuous contribution to medical science has saved countless lives and improved the quality of life for many. These incredible advancements in every sector of healthcare have proven to be a boon to the mankind. It has helped patients experience better healthcare, thus making it available for all. Medical treatments such as physiotherapy are slowly being moved from clinical environments to the comfort of patients’homes without compromising on excellence. This has proven to be extremely helpful for patients who have restricted mobility or need to travel long distances for physio treatments. Over time, home healthcare has become a service that is not disconnected from hospitals, but functions as a value add to the medical system.

It is even estimated that by 2025, the global healthcare market value will push $469.3 billion. Being a rehabilitation procedure, physiotherapy is an integral part of recovery process post several regenerative diseases, strokes, and orthopaedic conditions and is also increasingly being performed and recommended by experts. It is an evidence based sphere of therapy that works towards restoring movements and physical functions
impaired after a disability or injury, through proven scientific techniques.

Physiotherapy in Stroke Rehabilitation
Stroke is one of the most common forms of neurological disorders that leads to a series of impairments such as a loss of fundamental abilities paralysis and speech. The role of physiotherapy in stroke rehabilitation is crucial. It helps bring back life and movement into affected limbs and joints through a series of exercises, performed regularly, at a certain intensity under expert supervision. The science behind it is that after a stroke, the brain loses some ability to create new cells. Therefore, existing undamaged cells need to be retaught to make up for loss of function in a process called neuroplasticity.

Further, physiotherapy in clinical environments can cause psychological & emotional distress and lead to mood swings. Stroke patients have restricted mobility, which makes traveling to hospitals much more difficult. Instead of wasting time in traffic and long routes, undergoing physiotherapy at home allows patients and caregivers to focus their energy and time on active therapy. In addition to this, physiotherapy at home is often more comfortable for patients, because of the familiar environment and undivided attention of the therapist.

Physiotherapy after Degenerative Diseases
Degenerative diseases often have debilitating after effects on the spine which can leave the neck, back and core muscles weak. To regain strength & movement in these areas and to strengthen the spine in general, certain physiotherapy exercises and advice from a physiotherapist is crucial. Right from straightening posture to actively practicing exercises that put a positive strain on the affected parts, tailor made physiotherapy treatments at home can help to relearn & regain movement post regenerative diseases.

In the comfort of their homes, patients can also use their regular activities as exercises. Adding more ergonomic principles into daily routines increases motivation and makes regular routines more engaging and mindful. It is important to note that physiotherapy is essential in preventing further disability or injury.There are also studies that claim physiotherapy is as effective as surgery, with lesser complications, when treating lumbar spinal stenosis. A herculean factor in all major therapies and surgeries hugely depends on how well patients adhere to rehabilitation programs and respond to their physiotherapists and nurses. A Nightingales spokesperson once said, “Physical rehabilitation through physiotherapy is crucial when it comes to postdisease treatment and recovery”.