How to get the most out of Physiotherapy

April 19, 2022
How to get the most out of Physiotherapy

How to get the most out of Physiotherapy

1. Ask your therapist anything and everything.

We encourage our patients to leave with no unresolved question about their conditions and treatment.  We understand that certain conditions can be confusing especially when dealing with referred pain.  We want you to understand your injury/condition and what to expect with recovery.  TALK TO US if you don’t understand anything to do with your injury and our treatment!

 

2. Trust your Physiotherapist

This can be harder than it sounds.  There are some concepts of physiotherapy that are difficult to grasp.  Trigger point releasing is an example of this, in which you must produce pain in order to relieve pain! This is the point at which we humbly request that our clients place their faith in our training, experience, and abilities. Our physiotherapists have received extensive training, so you can trust that the treatment plan they perform is based on strong clinical rationale.

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3. Expect some Post Treatment Pain

Post-treatment discomfort is a common occurrence following physiotherapy treatment. This is achy pain or soreness caused by manual therapy, and it should only last a few hours or until early the next day after treatment. There should be a significant improvement after that. In addition to trusting your physio, we urge that our clients comprehend this notion and that it is acceptable to have some transient pain following therapy. Exercising hard sometimes causes some muscle ache for 2 or 3 days as the muscles strengthen and gentle stretching will help with this.  If you are concerned that your pain is greater than this, we urge that you phone and chat with one of our physiotherapists.

 

4. Do your Homework

The time spent at Physiotherapy is not enough, you need to do the exercises we give you.  These exercises are designed for rehabilitation so that our patients can recover timeously.  These exercises are also designed to prevent future injuries.  RECOVERY is always an active process!

 

5. Follow Up with your Physiotherapist

Some patients make the mistake of failing to follow up with their physiotherapist. The last thing we want is for clients to come back unhappy with their recovery because they didn’t follow up with their physiotherapist to ensure a complete recovery. It’s simple to avoid this: keep in touch with your physiotherapist until they’re satisfied that you’ve fully recovered or have a firm grasp on self-management. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to help patients improve with their exercise programs, provide further manual therapy if necessary, and, most importantly, check that they are still on the road to recovery.

 

To make an appointment with one of our physios call 011 440 8888 or email pja@therapyteam.co.za

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