Hey everyone, Lindsay here! Let's talk Physiotherapy for a sec. Inquiries galore about Physiotherapy. A…
Greetings and salutations! previously, we asked Asif Bux, our Physiotherapist over at the Lancaster clinic to help clarify some common misconceptions about Physiotherapy. Here’s part 2 of the conversation.
“Isn’t Physiotherapy for athletes and really active people. That’s not me.”
People often describe Physiotherapists as the treating of sports injuries, working with athletes or being involved with sports teams. False. This is far from a full picture of the profession.
Physiotherapy can be used to help a diverse group of people wanting to keep active. Whether is rehabilitative or preventative maintenance. Young or old, all levels of fitness and mobility. (or lack thereof!) We take the time to understand a client’s objectives from being able to do the gardening pain-free to improving mobility, all the way to preparing to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro by providing a treatment plan tailored to the individual based on the clinical findings of our assessment.
“I’m not in a lot of pain. Only the normal amount.”
Fact: The normal amount of pain, is ZERO pain.
Figuring out the reason(s) for your occasional pain and correcting those issues before they become chronic is the goal. A Physiotherapy assessment is a fantastic diagnostic tool for finding out why you’re in pain in the first place. After the assessment portion is complete, your therapist will then be able to move you in to the treatment phase of your rehabilitation.
“Don’t I need a doctor’s referral to see a Physiotherapist?”
Fact: In Ontario, Physiotherapists are considered primary health care practitioners. That means that they are equipped to be your PRIMARY contact in the healthcare system.
So, in short, you definitely do NOT need a referral to see a physiotherapist. That being said, some insurance companies may still require that you accompany your physiotherapy claim with a doctor’s referral. It’s always best to check with your policy provider before trying to submit a claim.
“My back only hurts because of my posture. I don’t need Physiotherapy, I just need to sit up better.”
While this may be true, do you know how to assess and correct postural deficiencies? As a Physiotherapist, I do!
Most (but not all) studies show no correlation between posture and pain. However, correlation does not mean causation (this means that people who sit with ‘poor’ posture may also report back pain, but no study has shown that the actual CAUSE of their pain is their posture (pain is very multifactorial). Here’s an excellent blog spot one from Todd Hargrove on ‘Better Movement’. which relates to posture and back pain.
In your individual case, if you think your posture is causing you pain, MOVE! Although one particular posture isn’t “bad”, remaining completely static in any single posture is likely to cause some discomfort.
“The only GOOD posture is one that is often changing!”
See a Physiotherapist to find out the reason(s) for your back pain.
“No pain, no gain”
Fact: Modern pain science research has taught us that the “no pain, no gain” mentality is often not effective. At all.
When healing from most injuries, I prefer the saying: “Know pain, know gain”. Use your Physiotherapist to help you understand what levels/locations/occurrences of pain are safe, and which are not.