Physiotherapy is something that many people have heard of but not a lot of people know exactly what is involved. That has led to a number of myths and misconceptions getting spread. We’re hoping to debunk these myths so that you will have a clear idea of what physiotherapy is and what it isn’t.
If you have been referred for physiotherapy then you should know right off the bat that there is nothing to be worried about and that you this is the first step to ensuring that you are on the road to recovery.
So, what are the common physiotherapy myths?
1. Physiotherapy is just for sports injuries
It is very easy to understand how this myth came into being. Physiotherapists are often talked about during the sports commentary of a football game as they describe a players recovery time following an injury.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Physiotherapy helps a diverse group of people wanting to keep active or recover from any type of injury or ailment. If you are looking to improve anything from your coordination to a full recovery from an injury then physiotherapy is for you.
2. Physiotherapy is just massages and stretches
There are a lot of ways that physiotherapy can help to improve someone’s mobility and speed up recovery time so that you are feeling 100% again. People have different problems and want to meet different objectives. A great physiotherapist will create a tailored plan that will regularly be developed which could consist of a combination of activities and techniques including visceral treatment, acupuncture or manual therapy.
If you have any questions about what is involved in a physiotherapy session then you should get in touch with your doctor and ask all of the questions that you have. You may be surprised at just how much a physiotherapist could help you out.
3. It’s expensive
If you are thinking about having physiotherapy then you should look into what your medical insurance covers, you may be surprised to learn that you have the coverage for the number of sessions that you need. Even a few sessions will give you the tools and the confidence to get back on your feet a lot faster than you would if you were left to recover on your own.
Even without insurance to cover the cost of your physiotherapy, you will be pleased to know that the costs are not too high and that depending on your goals you may not need too many sessions. The best thing for you to do is to get in touch with your physiotherapist and make sure that you have all of the information you need to make an informed choice.
4. Physiotherapy is painful
Depending on the injury sustained or your other goals the sessions can sometimes be uncomfortable, but in the same way, that strenuous exercise would be. It really depends on what you are trying to get from the sessions. You will be encouraged to push yourself so that you see the best possible results but the physiotherapist will not take over do it.
If at any time you want to take a break in a session then the physiotherapist will encourage you to speak up. Just like at the gym it is often beneficial to take short rests to recover so that you can do the next movement with the correct form.
5. It takes years to see results
However long it takes you to reach your goal, the important thing is that you will reach it. The time it will take is entirely dependent on the severity of your injury and how long it will take for you to improve.