When you hear the word “physiotherapy”, what comes to mind? The world of physiotherapy is often misunderstood, leading to confusion and skepticism. Are you curious about what’s real and what’s a myth when it comes to physiotherapy? In this blog, we’re on a mission to debunk five common physiotherapy myths that have persisted for far too long. By the end of this, you’ll have a clearer understanding of how physiotherapy can help you lead a healthier, more functional and more pain-free life.
Myth 1: Physiotherapy is Only for Athletes
Reality: While physiotherapists indeed work with athletes to boost performance and treat sports injuries, their expertise is not limited to professionals. Physiotherapy is for people of all ages, walks of life and activity levels. Whether you’re recovering from a knee injury or dealing with back pain from sitting at a desk all day, a physiotherapist can help you regain mobility, reduce pain, improve your overall function and well-being and get you back to doing what you love.
Physiotherapy can help with recovery from acute injuries, sports injuries, pre- or post-operative care, chronic conditions, nagging aches & pain, posture-related pain and stiffness, pain that came out of nowhere, nerve pains and much much more!
Myth 2: Physiotherapy is Just Passive Modalities
Reality: While physiotherapists may sometimes use passive modalities such as laser, acupuncture & ultrasound, there is also a heavy emphasis on hands-on treatment and active involvement from the patient through movement and exercise. We will teach you exercises and self management strategies to treat injuries and prevent them from recurring in the future. Active participation from you, the patient, can speed up the rehabilitation process and bring about long term change.
On the flip side is another common misconception: physiotherapy is all about workouts with endless repetitions of boring exercises. In truth, physiotherapy is a versatile field that includes various treatment methods. We use many different hands-on techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilizations and manipulations, as well as modalities like dry needling and shockwave where appropriate. We also heavily emphasize education and lifestyle advice tailored to your unique needs.
Myth 3: Physiotherapy is Only for Acute Musculoskeletal Issues
Reality: Physiotherapy is widely recognized for addressing musculoskeletal problems like joint pain and muscle injuries, but its reach goes far beyond that. Physiotherapists also work with individuals suffering from chronic/persistent pain, nerve injuries such as pinched nerve roots, peripheral nerve entrapment, or spinal degeneration – as well as pelvic health concerns such as pre- and post-partum care.
Rebalance has an experienced team of physiotherapists with various specialties, who are trained in the aforementioned conditions and can work with you to help decrease pain, improve function, and get you back to living the life you love.
Myth 4: Physiotherapy Provides Instant Results
Reality: While physiotherapy can provide immediate relief for some, recovery often requires time and always requires consistency. Results may not be instant, but with a little patience and consistent dedication to your personalized treatment plan, you’ll experience significant improvements in your physical well-being.
Physiotherapy is a profession that is dedicated to decreasing your pain, improving your function, and improving your quality of life. However, Rome wasn’t built in a day! For long-term benefits and success, some time and effort are required to make a lasting change to your body and your overall wellness. A personalized treatment plan will include a long term game plan to help maintain the benefits of treatment and help prevent future injuries.
Myth 5: You Don’t Need Physiotherapy – Just Find Exercises Online
Reality: The internet is a treasure trove of information. But there’s a catch. Generic exercises might not suit your unique needs or be appropriate or helpful for your condition, and can even make you feel worse! At Rebalance, we offer personalized assessments and treatment plans to ensure that your exercise program is safe and effective for your individual needs. This tailored approach can help you achieve better results and avoid potential harm.
Physiotherapy is a versatile healthcare profession appropriate for a wide variety of people and conditions, not just athletes or post-surgical patients. It’s all about providing you with the personalized care you need to improve function and mobility, reduce pain, and enhance your overall quality of life.
If you’re unsure whether physiotherapy might be appropriate for you, we encourage you to book a complimentary phone call with one of the physiotherapists at Rebalance to help you understand if physiotherapy is a good match for you!