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common physiotherapy equipment

Physiotherapy is extremely beneficial in the holistic treatment of a range of disorders, injuries, and diseases. It helps not only in managing the symptoms of these issues, but also in improving strength, endurance, function, and movements in the affected areas. With the immensely chaotic lives that we lead these days, physiotherapy’s role in managing stress and other lifestyle-related disorders like anxiety, back pains, stress headaches, neck pain, obesity, etc. becomes even more pronounced. 

Physiotherapy treatments are provided using different types of equipment. While some of this equipment is used in clinics and hospitals, some are used at home during in-home physio sessions. 

The right kind of physiotherapy equipment plays a major role in optimising the recovery and letting a person stay healthy for a long time. 

what are the common physiotherapy equipment and their benefits?

The equipment that you will use depends on the reason for which you are undergoing physiotherapy. While some equipment used in physiotherapy is important to let you complete your daily activities without pain and discomfort, others may be used to help your caregivers. They are also used to help you maintain fitness and let you return your physical functions and mobility or for relieving you of pain.

Here are some physiotherapy equipment and their uses:

Mobility equipment: If you find yourself wobbling while walking or latching onto furniture while negotiating your way around the house, mobility equipment will be of great help to you. This equipment is useful for people who suffer from disabilities, are at risk of falls, or are recovering from injuries. They are specifically designed to help you with:

  • Muscle strength.
  • Flexibility of the joints.
  • Maintaining balance and coordination.
  • Letting you complete everyday tasks. 
  • Better mobility, independence, and freedom.

These common physiotherapy equipment for mobility range include:

  • Walking canes like quad canes, forearm canes, white canes, etc.
  • Crutches like axillary crutches, platform crutches, and forearm crutches.
  • Walkers like Rollators, knee-walkers, etc.
  • Wheelchair
  • Mobility scooters.

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) equipment: This equipment is used for electrotherapy after an accident, stroke, or spinal cord injuries, on muscles that have been severely damaged. They are used when the muscles are so weak that traditional exercises are not an option. These help in:

  • Regaining muscular strength. 
  • Fighting muscular atrophy.
  • Rebuilding the muscles.
  • Treating pain and spasms in the muscles. 
  • Keeping the muscles active.

This equipment uses different waveforms to target specific muscle areas and provide customised energy transfers. They include:

  • Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulator (TENS) for blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. 
  • Russian current to increase muscular strength.
  • Interferential current to treat acute pain post-trauma and after chronic events. 
  • Bi-phasic currents for improving blood circulation and decreasing edema & swelling. 

Hot and cold therapy equipment: This equipment is beneficial for people who suffer from injuries, arthritis, and other conditions that limit the range of motion. They are beneficial in providing therapeutic benefits for:

  • Easing inflammation of the muscles.
  • Helping with the stiffness of the muscles.
  • Reducing pain.
  • Pain due to arthritis and post-surgical recoveries. 
  • Reducing swelling in elbows, knees, and the back area. 

Physiotherapy equipment list for hot and cold therapy include:

  • Heating and cooling pads and wraps.
  • Standing and sitting whirlpool.
  • Paraffin wax baths.
  • Heat therapy strappers.
  • Heating belt-knee.
  • Massage therapy equipment: This therapy is specifically used for people who suffer from stress, anxiety, or suffer from arthritis-related chronic pains. Massage physiotherapy exercise equipment help in:
  • Reducing muscle tension.
  • Reduction of stress hormones.
  • Improving joint mobility and flexibility.
  • Faster recovery of soft tissue injuries.
  • Improved circulation.

These equipment include:

  • Massage tables.
  • Massage chairs.
  • Electric handheld deep tissue massagers.
  • Chiropractic devices for trigger point therapies.
  • Sensory brushes,
  • Massage balls.

Ultrasound therapy equipment: Ultrasound therapy is beneficial for people who have suffered injuries and experience pain and stiffness in the muscles using waves and vibrations. They are chosen depending on the levels of frequencies generated, the radiating areas, and the specific cause for which they are required. 

These are used for:

  • Healing of tissues.
  • Increasing the rate and quality of muscle repair.
  • Improving mobility.
  • Increased blood circulation.
  • Relaxation of tissues and muscles. 
  • Lowering of inflammation.
  • Reducing pain.

how can portea help you?

Portea, credited for designing a unique ecosystem for home healthcare, has made medical care accessible and affordable for everybody. Our world-class medical solutions have been developed in consultation with leading healthcare professionals in the United States and completely customised for the areas that we serve. Our in-home healthcare solutions are especially beneficial for patients who are homebound due to reasons like injuries, age, disability, etc. 

Keeping in mind the prevalence of stress and injury-related disorders and the role of physiotherapy in relieving you of the painful symptoms, we have made renting and purchasing therapy equipment easy.

some benefits that you get with portea include:

  • Depending on your specific needs, you can purchase or rent physiotherapy equipment easily. What’s more, our physiotherapy equipment prices are extremely competitive and affordable. 
  • We have an exhaustive catalogue of physiotherapy equipment for a wide range of conditions like orthopaedic care, massage therapy, electrotherapy, mobility care.
  • Accessing physiotherapy equipment has never been easier. You just need to connect with us via email or phone and your equipment will be delivered to your doorstep.
  • Our renting policies are extremely flexible. While we follow a monthly cycle, you can also rent equipment on-need basis depending on your specific requirements. 
  • We update our catalogue constantly to let you have access to the latest equipment for maximum and quick benefit.
  • We have trained and experienced physiotherapists on board who will visit your home to train you on the usage of this equipment. Not only this, but the therapists will also help in preparing your home for setting up and using the equipment.
  • Our service team helps with installation, fixing, and rebooting the therapy equipment. 


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