Physiotherapy (also Physical Therapy as referred to by the WCPT) is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising physical potential. It is concerned with identifying and maximising quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. It is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery. The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.
Physiotherapy basically employs non-invasive/physical means to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, pain, illness or disability. We are experts in developing and maintaining peoples’ ability to move and function throughout their lives.
In St. Marys Children and community hospital, physiotherapy department started in May 2015 with a room and little equipment but has now grown to a well equipped rehabilitation complex. The department aims to promote health and fitness in every patient’s life. It is managed by a team of highly qualified, skilled, experienced and MRTB Licensed physiotherapists who are grounded in manual therapy, electrotherapy, exercise therapy, manipulation, mobilization, strength training, K- taping, Bobath, balance training, fitness training, ergonomic advice and many other specialized techniques. We offer both in-patient and out-patient physiotherapy services; domiciliary services and follow up. The Units under the department are as follows:
This Unit is concerned with the management of various kinds of musculoskeletal dysfunctions such as back pain, knee pains, sports injuries, shoulder pains, arthritis, muscle weakness, peripheral nerve injuries like crutch palsy, Bells palsy etc. we also deliver pre and post operative rehabilitation for surgical patients and see to their independence and optimal function.
Here we rehabilitate or treat patients with neurological injuries affecting their physical functions. Such cases include: stroke/ apoplexy, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, peripheral neuropathies as in diabetes and hypertension etc.
In this unit, we deal with diseases or problems that lead to functional limitations in children. These include cerebral palsy, peripheral nerve injuries like Erb’s palsy, injection palsy, birth defects like spina bifida, club foot, scoliosis etc. we also train the mothers of these children on how to take care of their children.
Obstetrics and gynaecology
Here we are concerned about physical issues peculiar to pregnancy and after giving birth. Problems like back pain in pregnancy, cramps, oedema, carpal tunnel syndrome, prolapse, diastases, sagged abdomen after birth etc. we also have group antenatal and Post natal exercise classes for their general well-being and return to shape.
Physiotherapist here sees to the optimal function of the circulatory and respiratory organs of those being threatened by diseases or in coma. Chest physiotherapy techniques clear secretions off the chest and enables good air entry and adequate chest compliance. Passive mobilization techniques enable adequate circulation. Chest clearance techniques are also available for patients with COPD and cystic fibrosis.
General Exercise Classes for the Prevention of Diseases and Health maintenance
We organise fitness exercise classes to suit various needs ranging from weight maintenance/ reduction, muscle building/ strengthening, tummy training, flexibility, skill related fitness training, yoga etc. Some of these exercises are for leisure or recreation and for prevention of various kinds of non communicable diseases.