Today we're debunking 6 common misconceived notions about physiotherapy. Check them out below and get the real facts!
Myth – I can do physiotherapy on my own with the internet.
Truth – Cat videos aside, the internet has given us some pretty amazing resources to work with. However, you’re definitely going to find different sites that contradict one another, and also a million exercises to choose from. Having a treatment plan that is tailored your condition is just one of the benefits of seeing a physiotherapist.
Myth – stretching prevents injuries.
Truth – Although stretching can play in healthy role in someone’s wellbeing and fitness, research has shown that stretching does not prevent injuries. In particular, research has shown that static stretching (where you hold a stretch position) has been linked to higher incidences of injuries if followed by activities such as running.
Myth – Physiotherapy is painful.
Truth – Quite simply, no! In the vast majority of cases, physiotherapy treatments should be absolutely pain free. You should feel comfortable communicating with your physiotherapist if ever your treatments are becoming uncomfortable. The few exceptions to this rule should clearly be identified by your physiotherapist before beginning.
Myth – Physiotherapy involves machines.
Truth – This is one we hear way more than we’d like to. Machines have historically played a role in physiotherapy treatments. However, more and more research has continued to show that machines are not an effective form of treatment. To maximize results, your treatment should involve hands-on techniques.
Myth – Physiotherapy is just like massage.
Truth – Although massage, or working on soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, and tendons, can be part of a physiotherapy treatment, it’s only one of the tools at your physiotherapists’ disposal. Other treatment options that may be used in your recovery include joint mobilizations, acupuncture, dry needling, and exercises among others.
Myth – Surgery is the only option for my pain/condition.
Truth – Surgery should always be the last resort whenever other options exist. Surgery is often accompanied by lengthy recoveries, along with various risks and the accumulation of scar tissue. Most of the time, physiotherapy is a safe and effective alternative to going under the knife. We always recommend exploring physiotherapy and talking to a physiotherapist before exploring surgical interventions.