Physiotherapy is not so uncommon as it used to be in earlier days. It’s good to see that more and more people are trusting physiotherapy for treatment but still, there’s a lot of myths out there which need to be cured before they spread in our society. Let’s take them one by one
- Physiotherapy is painful- Generally, physiotherapy does not hurt although initially the stretches and exercises may cause slight discomfort; this is primarily due to the fact that the body is not used to such movement; as the body adjust and adapts it will be less painful. Physiotherapists take great care not to cause pain and are committed to the relief and control of pain. Also, the exercises create a slight discomfort within muscles due to stored carbohydrate being used for fuel more rapidly than created, producing lactic acid
- I can do physical therapy myself- Your participation is a must, no doubt in that, but every patient still needs the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Your therapist will use specialized education, clinical expertise to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an individualized plan of care
- Physiotherapy treats only muscles Physiotherapy is helpful in conditions like vestibula rehabilitation, paralysis, chronic pain, pelvic floor rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, post-myocardial infarction.Musculoskeletal dysfunction such as back pain, rotator cuff tears, and temporomandibular joint disorders. Neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, vestibular dysfunction, and traumatic brain injuries. Pediatric conditions such as developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy. Sports-related injuries, such as concussion and tennis elbow. Women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and lymphedema. The list goes on and on. Clearly, physiotherapy does not treat only muscles
- Physiotherapy is expensive Since Physiotherapy is helpful in so many areas, it really depends on how it is helping you. Logically, it won’t be correct to say that Physiotherapy is expensive as cost depends on the length of the session, the service provided during the session and the provider.