We bust FIVE physiotherapy myths
Physiotherapy can be a massive asset to everybody's well-being and health. However, many myths have arisen over time that may lead people to avoid physiotherapy practices due to misinformed preconceptions that they may have.
Today, the physiotherapy team at Bankstown Physiotherapy has made it our goal to spread the truth about these myths so that you will feel more confident in seeking the right kind of treatment for your injuries.
MYTH ONE- PHYSIOTHERAPY ONLY TREATS PAIN
Of course, physiotherapy is generally used in order to rehabilitate injuries, especially those incurred during sports. However, there are also many other benefits of physiotherapy treatment can provide. This includes;
Improving muscle control
Improving muscle strength
Assisting in the prevention of re-occurring injuries
MYTH TWO- YOU NEED A MEDICAL REFERENCE
Contrary to what many people may believe, visiting a physiotherapist does not require a doctor's certificate or note. While a doctor's note may give a clearer indication of the type of physiotherapy treatment that you may require, there are no other significant benefits of visiting the doctor prior to physiotherapy treatment.
MYTH THREE- PHYSIOTHERAPY IS PAINFUL
The primary goal of physiotherapy is to treat injuries and bring ease to aches and pains that patients may be experiencing. While some of the treatment procedures used by physiotherapists may bring small discomfort, treatments are generally painless and are able to quickly soothe muscles and joints.
MYTH FOUR- PHYSIOTHERAPY ONLY TREATS MUSCULAR INJURIES
Once again, physiotherapy primarily focuses on muscular injuries, however, there is also a mass of other pains, problems and health issues that physiotherapy can help to treat. These include;
After surgery rehabilitation
Neurological issues such as coordination
Foot problems such as flat feet
MYTH FIVE- EXERCISING AT HOME MEANS YOU CAN AVOID A PHYSIOTHERAPIST
While your physiotherapist will show and provide you with exercises that will assist with rehabilitation, exercise is not the only factor in physiotherapy treatment. Physiotherapy itself requires a large amount of hands-on treatment, such as massages, that can only be properly provided by a qualified physiotherapist. It is important that you visit a physiotherapist if an injury persists as rehabilitating exercises alone may lead to further injury rather than healing.