Here are our 5 Myths About Physiotherapy. The top 5 things our patients say they thought about Physio, before coming to us and realising they weren’t true. These are often the reasons people put off coming to see us. The reasons that they put up with pain for longer than they need to.
So we were keen to tell everyone that they just aren’t true.
Myth 1: We’ll tell you to stop doing the things you love
One of the most common things we’re told is that someone didn’t want to come and see us as they thought they’d be told to give up their favourite exercise.
Myth 2: Physio will cost a lot
People often think they can’t afford Physio. We’re not claiming that everyone can, but it’s definitely not as expensive as a lot of people think.
Our patients spend an average of £153.63 when they come to us with pain. Whilst we can’t guarantee that everyone will get better, a huge majority do.
When you compare that to going shopping, or a meal out, we think it’s pretty good value given that we can help remove pain from your life and help you do the things you love.
Myth 3: You have to have a specific injury or be sporty
People often put off coming to see us because they don’t know why the pain started. They think it’ll just go away, and often they don’t want to “waste our time” with something that came out of nowhere rather than as an injury as such. Other people think they can’t come to see us as they don’t do sports.
Neither of these are the case. A majority of our patients don’t know why their pain started. It just came on one day and then didn’t go away like they thought it would. We do see some sports people, of all standards, but again, a majority of our patients wouldn’t describe themselves as sporty at all.
If you have a pain that has just come on from nowhere, and it doesn’t go away within about 2 weeks, it’s unlikely to improve by itself. Leaving it for months, or avoiding your favourite activity indefinitely is unlikely to help it suddenly improve so it might be time to see someone.
Myth 4: We’ll just give you a load of exercises to do
We do a lot more than just give out exercises. Our sessions include us understanding and explaining your problem so that you know exactly what is going on. We carry out hands on treatments like mobilisations to the joints and massage. We work through exercises with you to improve pain and movement, strength and mobility. And when we do give our patients exercises, they are specific to them and kept to a minimum.
We do not hand out generic exercise sheets, and we usually only give our patients one or two key exercises. We know if we give them more, most people won’t do them. So instead we pick the ones that should have the biggest impact and and just give those.
Myth 5: It’ll hurt a lot
Lots of patients dread coming to Physio as they’ve been told how much it hurts. Yes some of the treatments we do can be uncomfortable. We’re often getting things moving that haven’t been moving properly for a while. However, most people are surprised that it hurts less than they expect.
We don’t go for the no pain no gain approach. We try to make everything as comfortable as we can. And, as most of our patients say, what we do is less painful than the problem they have come in with, or it only lasts a short time and then they feel better.
What if you’re still not sure
We understand coming for Physiotherapy is a big step for some, and is often a bit daunting if you haven’t come before. You don’t know if it will help, and you might believe any one or a few of the things above. That’s why we offer a free 15 minute online video consultation where you can chat to a Physio about your problem and ask anything you’d like. You can book your free consultation here.
Failing that, you can send our Physios an email with any questions you’ve got to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to book your appointment?
We’d love to help you get past your pain and injury and get back to doing the things you want to, and enjoying life again. The quickest way to book an appointment is online. You can book or find the contact details of your nearest clinic here
We hope we can help soon.