1. Myth: My Physio is going to hurt me.
Fact: It is a common notion that physiotherapy treatments and techniques would hurt and cause pain. Physiotherapists are experts in managing and treating Musculoskeletal pain, with a thorough understanding of the Anatomy and Bio- mechanics of the structures, combined with good clinical reasoning. The treatments and techniques performed are pain-free and enables one to lead a pain-free life.
2. Myth: I only need physiotherapy treatment, when I am injured/hurt.
Fact: Physiotherapy treatment can be directed towards preventive care- “Pre-Rehabilitation”, and help early identification and management of symptoms, and in the prevention of conditions leading to chronic pain.
3. Myth: I have ergonomically designed “mattress and chairs”- “I won’t get neck and back pain”.
Fact: The ergonomically designed mattresses and chairs are useful in maintenance of good posture, however, there are multi- factorial reasons for neck and back pain. A thorough evaluation of the symptoms by an
expert musculoskeletal physiotherapist is advised, for appropriate management of the symptoms.
4. Myth: While in pain/ having an injury, I need to “rest’ and ensure not to “move”, as it may cause more ‘harm”.
Fact: Rest is surely advised for any acute presentation of pain/ injury, but not moving the area for too long, may cause more damage than good to the overall symptoms. A through physiotherapy evaluation can provide, a better understanding of symptoms, along with optimal management strategies, to live a healthy life without pain.
5. Myth: I need to get an “MRI Scan/ X-RAY” and a specialist Doctor’s reference to seeing a Physiotherapist.
Fact: Although it is always good to have an expert opinion/ advice by a specialist Doctor, a doctor’s reference is not always required to consult a physiotherapist. You may see a physiotherapist and based upon the thorough examination, seek a specialist opinion by a Doctor if required.
Likewise, it is not required to always have an MRI/ X-ray done, prior to the physiotherapy consultation. the Physiotherapist would advise for any investigations to be done if need be.