What to expect when you come for Physio Management.
Coming to physio can be scary – we get it. You take a leap of faith and go to see someone because you can’t deal with what’s going on any longer. Thing is – that takes guts – you entrust your health and well being to the hands and knowledge of someone you don’t know.
Our business runs a lot on recommendations. People want to see people that have got results for others. They want to know that who they see knows their stuff and can help.
What happens when you don’t know have any? I know when people are referred or come to see us a huge percentage are from recommendations, or they have looked up the web site and liked our ethos or have been looking for or want what we do.
Another percentage don’t care – they just want to see someone right now and will ring around until they get an appointment somewhere, or because it’s convenient for them.
Whichever way you go, make sure of the following:
When you see a physio for the first time, we will sit and ask you a lot of questions….We know if you have seen people before you have told your story , but we need to hear it – it guides us to start thinking about what has happened, how is is affecting you, what management you have had to date that helped/ didn’t help, what you do that could have an impact on managing you, and where you want to be. We ask about medical history because there may be a link, or there may be something that could affect what we do with you.
For example, if you come in with back pain, and have had stomach surgery – that can have an affect on how your muscles function so could predispose you to back pain. Your back may not be an issue at all, you’re just feeling pain there because it’s over compensating for a weak core. we would manage the core in that case as well as your back pain, because alleviating the pain does nothing for longer term management and your pain will come back again.
Where you want to be and what you do all day – these guide us so we know how you spend the majority of your time, whether you are static, moving, lifting and also what sports or hobbies you have.
People do get a little frustrated at this and just want ‘to get seen’ but this is a key area of management.
Chronic v Acute
Any Tom, Dick or Harry may get you some benefit with acute issues, you sprain your ankle, or hurt your back and in that acute setting, time will always have a healing effect and your body is in recovery and rebuild mode to help you, but when you start dealing with chronic on going issues, that have happened “for no reason”, then things can get quite interesting.
Structures have evolved and changed and accommodated to either biomechanics or posture, and unless you un ravel that, the pain and symptoms you present with will keep coming back… It’s a sticky plaster approach, You get relief, two days later its back at square one.
Dealing with the symptoms rather than the cause will have that effect. You can manage it by having your massage one a week, or going to chiro every week, or coming to get treatment when it flares up, but you need to change what’s going on under neath it all to get lasting results. Physio is a two way street. We need your compliance too.
You should get something different happening QUICKLY. whether that be less pain, more time in between pain episodes, longer between when you need pain relief, increased strength or mobility, better posture to name a few.
I was talking to someone at a function. They have had back pain for many years and are currently under management for it for the last 18 months, and doing Pilates twice a week, and are ‘slow progressing’. I’m sorry but they had the worst sway posture I have ever seen.
This person may have been seeing someone and attending regularly, but they either HAD NOT followed through and put that into practise in their daily life at all, or they weren’t doing what they should be doing well enough. Whether they knew they had to do that or not, I don’t know.
You need to put what you learn into context. Doing the right exercises, having treatment or attending sessions for one hour does not undo or override what you do for the other 23 hours in a day.
Management of issues, whether it be pain, stiffness, weakness, muscle imbalance or injury requires some active involvement on your part too. You need to take ownership and do the work required to get the results you want.
Where the magic happens
We get it. You come in, have some physio, do some exercises and get better and forget to do stuff because you are better. That’s life. Pain is a great motivator. But if you ingrain what you need to do into your day to day activity so it becomes second nature – that’s where the magic starts to happen, and you stay better for much longer.
Think about how long you spend on your mobile phone these days….if not in one hit – we are constantly attached and looking and checking it through out the day. What if we used that time effectively and stood up to answer the phone. Did our posture work whilst on the phone, stood tall – the list is endless. If you are on your phone 10 times a day – that’s 10 times you have done your posture or exercises more than yesterday, and soon you will do it automatically, then low and behold you are doing work to help your body 10 times a day without even noticing – now that’s gotta be pretty special and have an impact somewhere.
So, when you come in an see us, be aware we will ask you a heap of stuff, where you are now, what the issue is, where you want to be and what you do all day. It’s our job. and it’s our job to work out how to get you where you want to be, but also how to KEEP YOU THERE!
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