Top Five Reasons To Visit A Physical Therapist:
We’ve been in this game for a long time and one of the questions we often ask patients is, “how would you describe physio to a friend?” The responses often range from an “I don’t actually know” to a “ you’ll show me some exercises and perform some treatments to fix me.” At first, these responses were surprising and confusing as you wouldn’t invest your time and money into something you didn’t fully understand. You wouldn’t go buy a car without knowing how to drive and you shouldn’t place your trust in a professional without understanding the nature of how they can help. So let’s take a moment and briefly go over the top 5 reasons to visit a physical therapist.
1. Recovery is taking longer than you expected
Most musculoskeletal conditions that are minor and don’t require guiding the body back to full recovery take around 2-4 weeks depending on severity. If your injury is lasting longer than these timelines then getting an opinion or assistance to guide the recovery process back to thoughtless, careless, fearless movement may be indicated.
2. Your recovery requires a targeted adaptive outcome
There are many benefits to physiotherapy but one of our favourites is manipulating the body through adaptive stress to achieve a desired outcome. The body can produce 9 total adaptions to a well dosed physical stress. These outcomes include: strength, flexibility, power, skill acquisition to name a few. Knowing which one to target can be essential for both performance and injury reduction as you make your way through your recovery.
3. You find your pain experience is unpredictable or unmanageable
Pain is confusing. Sometimes we don’t understand why we have it, where it came from and how to get ride of it. Our job is to teach and guide you through this relationship with both hands on care and education so that pain becomes more of a teacher rather than a disciplinarian.
4. Your own effort results in re-injury or re-aggravation
In our experience there are two types of patients who struggle with recovery. Those who fear and avoid pain and those who disrespect it. To put it another way, we all operate the most complicated piece of technology to ever exist on this earth (the human body). Let us help you read the user’s manual.
5. You want to move forward in your recovery but you’re unsure of how to do it safely
One of the primary reasons people seek our help is because they lack structure. They know where they are, they know where they want to go, but creating an actionable plan to get there safely and successfully can sometimes feel out of reach. An initial assessment is designed for this purpose. Come equipped with your biggest dreams and a curious mind and watch what physio can do for you! If you’re looking for physiotherapy in Victoria, you can book an appointment with our team online here.