With so many different therapies available why choose to see a Physiotherapist?
If you have ever suffered with aches, pains or an injury; or needed rehabilitation after an operation or an accident it is difficult to know who to turn to for help and advice. After all there are so many options available to you; so many people offering a different service or therapy, and all promising to help you feel better. So why choose to see a physiotherapist when you have all this choice?
In this world of instant gratification people are often after a quick fix, and turn to therapies that offer that. It is time effective to pop in to see someone who offers a quick 15 minute consultation with an even faster treatment. Often the perception of physiotherapy is that it is hard work and longer term.
Physiotherapy is a great deal more than ice packs, manipulation and massage. Therapists undergo an intensive three year degree course followed by long clinical placements. As well as the practice of physiotherapy the training involves seeing the patient as a whole, not just an injured part; the complete picture. During their training therapists also learn interpersonal and communication skills and how to truly listen to their patients. They build up additional knowledge from experience and ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) and as a result physiotherapists have the skill set and knowledge to treat a huge range of issues from helping people with chronic back pain to those in need of acute rehabilitation. This gives patients reassurance and confidence.
Other therapies have often taken elements of physiotherapy, but rarely the broader holistic picture. Quick fix therapies may make you feel instantly better, but what happens when the niggle, ache or pain returns, or the sporting injury resurfaces and the whole cycle starts again? Physiotherapists work with the patient to find the cause of the problem in order to achieve a full recovery, rather than just treat the symptoms. Yes, physiotherapy can be hard work, and you may feel sore after the treatment or the prescribed exercise, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing in the quest for complete restoration.