Welcome to Raghav Physiotherapy

No.35, 1st main road,Near Bhuvaneshwari amman temple, Andal nagar, Adambakkam, Chennai- 600088.

About Physiotherapy


PHYSIOTHERAPY alias physical therapy, one of the fastest-growing allied areas of medicine, is the system of treatment of disease and disability using physical means. Physical therapy is a health care specialty which includes examination, treatment, advice and instructions to any person preparatory to or for the purpose of or in connection with movement dysfunction, bodily malfunction, physical disorder, disability, healing and pain from trauma and disease. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to restore maximal functional independence to each individual patient. To achieve this goal, physical modalities such as exercise, heat, cold, traction, mobilization, manipulation, mechanical and electrotherapy are utilized. Physical therapy uses non-invasive and non-medical tools to help improve total body function.


PHYSIOTHERAPY AND SOCIETY Physiotherapy plays an important role in primary, secondary & tertiary care of patients without use of any medications. Physiotherapy helps in many types of patients right from infants born with musculoskeletal birth defects, to adults suffering from sciatica or the after- effects of injury, to elderly post-stroke patients. Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It helps individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.Physical therapy focus on relieving pain, promoting healing, restoring function and movement, and facilitation and adaptation associated with injury. Therapy also focuses on ergonomics or body mechanic training, fitness, and wellness. Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being. It is the most important rehabilitative service needed in a community and a vital therapeutic supplement of the medical profession, integral to the treatment of most patients. Most people can benefit from physical therapy, whether their condition varies from a simple ankle sprain to a complex neurological disorder. Physiotherapy has created a niche for itself as a leading health care system that improves health without the use of drugs or surgery. It helps in restoring normal body function and preventing disability arising from disease, trauma or injury. Physiotherapy is based on a detailed understanding of how the body works—posture, balance and movement, knowledge of diseases, injury and the healing process.Of late, people are increasingly resorting to physiotherapy as a holistic healing method to achieve a healthier life.

Specialty areas Physiotherapists are essential in helping recover and rehabilitate a patient from a state of incapacity, due to genetic defect or the result of an accident or an illness. Physiotherapists treat a wide range of ailments, so specialization is present in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary therapy, orthopedics, sports physical therapy, neurology and clinical electrophysiology. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties list eight specialist certifications. Worldwide the six most common specialty areas in physical therapy are.

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy is the oldest branch of physiotherapy and is oriented towards the treatment of musculo – skeletal ailments. It involves regaining appropriate health and function of structures surrounding the joint regions and normalizing the biomechanics following any injury or orthopaedic disease. The rehabilitation of Orthopaedically disabled individuals is also a major area of function. Those who have suffered injury or disease affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons of the body will benefit from assessment by a physical therapy. This specialty of physical therapy is most often provides treatment of post-operative orthopaedic procedures, fractures, acute sports injuries, arthritis, sprains, strains, back and neck pain, spinal conditions and amputations, Total Hip , Knee Joint Arthroplasty - Rehabilitaion etc. Joint and spine mobilization/manipulation, therapeutic exercise, trigger point release, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, positional release Techniques, neuromuscular re-education, hot/cold packs, and electrical muscle stimulation, Cryotherapy, Iontophoresis, Ultrasonic therapy, Laser Therapy, Shortwave Diathermy, Electronic Traction, Interferential Therapy, TENS etc are the modalities often used to expedite recovery in the Orthopaedic Physiotherapy.

Neurological Physiotherapy

Neurological Physiotherapy is a field focused on working with individuals who have a neurological disorder or disease. These include stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, head injury, spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, balance impairments, peripheral nerve injuries etc. Common impairments associated with neurological conditions include impairments of vision, balance, ambulation, activities of daily living, movement dysfunction, muscle strength and loss of functional independence. Therapists work with patients to improve these areas of dysfunction. Neurological conditions can have a devastating affect on the lives of individuals and those around them. Neurological physiotherapy can allow individuals with neurological conditions recover, improve their quality of life and realize their potential. Neurological physiotherapy aims to improve movement, mobility and independence with everyday activities in patients with damage to their central nervous system (brain , spinal cord, nerve injuries).Neurological physiotherapy is based around many different principles of rehabilitation like:Bobath approach, Carr and Shepherd approach, Brunnstrom approach, Roods Approach, Neurodevelopmental Therapy, PNF Techniques, MET, PRT, Electrotherapy, Exercise therapy, Muscle / Movement Reeducation etc. Treatment comprises of combination of the above principles depending on the type of neurological condition. Neurological physiotherapy treatment is tailored according to individual needs and symptoms in order to maximize patient’s potential.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary physiotherapy

Cardiovascular and pulmonary physiotherapy deals with a wide variety of cardiopulmonary disorders & cardiac or pulmonary surgeries. Primary goals of this specialty include increasing endurance and functional independence. Respiratory conditions are a very common presentation in community and hospital settings, with a wide variety of diagnoses being assessed and treated by physiotherapy. Conditions which can present include pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, hyperventilation and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Physiotherapists are trained to assess respiratory conditions and manage, treat and advise on them. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation after cardiothoracic surgeries is one of the key areas where physiotherapy plays an integral part of the functional rehabilitation of the individuals. Manual therapy is used in this field to assist in clearing lung secretions experienced with cystic fibrosis. Disorders, including heart attacks, post coronary bypass surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary fibrosis, treatments can benefit from cardiovascular and pulmonary specialized physical therapy.

Sports Physiotherapy

Sports Physiotherapy plays an integral part in the multi-disciplinary approach to the management of sports injuries. The aim of physiotherapy is to treat and fully rehabilitate the athlete post-injury, post-operatively, to prevent further injury and to return the athlete to sport in the shortest possible time. Researches in sports physiotherapy helps athletes recover from injuries, and provide education and resources to prevent problems. Therapy services are generally available to persons of all ages engaged in sports at any level of competition. PTs help athletes overcome their injuries and return to their previous levels of activity by offering rehabilitation services and advice on preventing future issues. Depending on the type and severity of an injury, successful physiotherapy may take anywhere from a couple hours in light sessions to months or years of intensive training. With the guidance and treatment provided by skilled therapists many athletes are able to fully recover from threatening injuries and return to their sports with ease in excellent fitness & performance.

Geriatric Physiotherapy

Geriatric Physiotherapy covers a wide area of issues concerning people as they go through normal adult aging but is usually focused on the older adult. There are many conditions that affect many people as they grow older and include but are not limited to the following: arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Degenerative disorders, hip and joint replacement, balance disorders, incontinence, etc. Geriatric physical therapy helps with individualized programs to help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase fitness & activities of daily living. The aim of the therapy is to maximize their ambulatory ability & to prevent the bed rest complications like deconditioning, loss of ROM, joint stiffness, pressure sores, depression etc.

Pediatric physiotherapy

Pediatric physiotherapy assists in early detection of health problems (high risk infants) and uses a wide variety of modalities to treat disorders in the pediatric population. These therapists are specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases. Treatments focus on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration. Children with developmental delays, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, club foot, spinabifida, post fracture complications, torticollis etc., are treated in pediatric physical therapy.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Women’s Health Physiotherapy addresses women’s issues related to child birth, and post partum. These conditions include lymphedema, osteoporosis, pelvic joint dysfunction & pain, urinary incontinence, prenatal & post natal Physiotherapy etc.

Integumentary(treatment of conditions involving the skin and related organs). Common conditions managed include wounds and burns. Physical therapists utilize Therapeutic Laser, Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasonic therapy etc. to promote tissue healing. Other commonly used interventions include exercise, edema control, splinting, and compression garments.