In Hong Kong, there are many spas, health centers, and gyms, but not all of them offer physiotherapy with trained therapists. If you have sustained an injury, if you have had a major life changing event like a stroke, or even if you suffer from a chronic condition like Multiple Sclerosis, physiotherapy may help you regain health, vitality, and energy in your daily life.
When you seek out a physiotherapy center, Hong Kong offers many options, so it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Some centers are focused more on using weights, some use resistance equipment like Gyrotonic machines, some like to focus on stair machines, exercise bicycles, and treadmills, and some focus on Pilates based therapy to strengthen the body. A combination of these therapy methods may be what helps you the most, so don’t dismiss one kind of exercise over another.
A qualified physiotherapy center will assess your current fitness level, determine what exercises will help strengthen your weak areas, and set up a rehabilitation plan for you to follow. During therapy, the focus will be to restore your injured area to normal function, and initially Phase one will mainly consist of manual therapies like massage and ultrasound, focusing on reducing pain and increasing flexibility. Manual therapies will particularly help increase circulation, restore flexibility, and reduce pain, allowing the body to heal with greater ease. Phase two of therapy will continue to use manual therapies, but also will introduce gentle exercises and active stretching as you begin to heal. Your body movements and patterns will be observed, and you will be taught how to correct years of bad habits in your posture and movement. At the end of phase two, you should have a great reduction in pain and restored normal function of your injured or affected areas.
After you have achieved this, you may want to continue your journey to better health by continuing an exercise regimen. Many physiotherapy centers are able to help you with this goal – after all, if you increase your general strength and flexibility, you will be much less prone to re-injury. If you move onto this level of physical conditioning, you will be considered no longer a physiotherapy patient, but a client receiving personal training. As you retrain your body to move correctly in the exercises, you may find that you require less personal, one-on-one training, and may want to vary your routine by joining group exercise classes.
Always remember – while state of the art exercise equipment is wonderful, and beautiful surroundings are soothing and refreshing, nothing can replace the skill of a knowledgeable physiotherapist. Without the therapists’ training and knowledge, you could attempt to retrain your injury on your own and reinjure it, possibly making it even worse. Always follow the therapists’ advice on exercise and stretching, and you will regain your strength and health.