Have you ever wondered, “what does a physiotherapist do”? Perhaps you answered to yourself, “I don’t need to see one; I haven’t been in an accident and don’t have any pain in my joints.”
Physiotherapy is often sought out for a variety of reasons beyond just musculoskeletal pain or an accident. Physiotherapy is a health practice that can identify concerns, prevent injury or disease, treat health conditions, and help extend longevity.
We’re here to debunk common misconceptions about physiotherapy treatment. We want to help you see that physiotherapy is for more than just strained muscles or joint pain.
Myth One: Physiotherapy is Painful
Physiotherapy treatments work to strengthen or reduce hypertonic (shortened and tense) muscles. While it is normal to experience some discomfort, treatments should not be painful.
If you’re experiencing pain during your physiotherapy treatment, make sure to let your physiotherapist know. Physiotherapy isn’t about overworking parts of your body and gritting your teeth through the pain.
The therapist will provide you with guidance or tools to work around what is causing you pain while still working towards the end goals. The cause of pain during physiotherapy may be related to poor form, incorrect exercise execution, or just that the area of the body needs more time to heal and recover from its injury.
Myth Two: Physiotherapy is Only for Chronic Pain or Injuries
Physiotherapy is not just for chronic pain or injuries. Athletes use physiotherapy to help them recover between sports games and practices, and even to help them stay agile to perform at their best.
Others use physiotherapy as a way to increase their mobility or strength for their jobs or for their daily activities. Health incidents like surgeries or stroke are also reasons for seeing a physiotherapist.
Physiotherapy treatment can also help with
● Neck and back pain
● Lung problems (i.e., asthma)
● Pelvic issues (i.e., bladder, bowel problems, weak muscles)
● Poor mobility
● Joint, muscle, bone, or ligament issues/pain
While many people do seek out physiotherapy for chronic pain or injury, it can also offer great benefits to people who are not injured.
Myth Three: Physiotherapy isn’t Covered by Extended Health Benefits Plans
Many extended health benefits plans offer coverage for physiotherapy, athletic therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic care. Check with your benefits administrator to confirm that you have coverage for physiotherapy; this coverage is more common than you might think.
Myth Four: You Need a Doctor’s Referral to see a Physiotherapist
Physiotherapy does not require a referral and it’s as simple as connecting with a clinic to make an appointment. During the appointment, you will be assessed and expectations for treatment and results will be discussed. Physiotherapists are trained and licensed to diagnose certain health conditions, make treatment plans, conduct follow-ups, or recognize and refer out as necessary.
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At Physiotherapy@Woodbridge, we can help you get back to your way of life, prevent future injuries, or improve your sports performance. Contact us here, call us at 289-475-2147, or easily book an appointment online today.