1. Come with an open mind
If you haven’t seen a Physiotherapist before then some of the techniques used or information provided can be overwhelming or different to your expectations. The therapists at The Physio Centres aim to both educate and give the most relevant exercises to you even though it may involve strategies you aren’t sure about. Even therapists within the same clinic may treat you slightly differently. The best way to deal with this is ask questions but keep an open mind as our only aim is to help you get the most out of physio.
2. Be clear about what your expectations are
It is always important to address what you expect from physio in the first session, usually your physio will ask you this as it will allow you to discuss your expectations and set any goals you want to achieve. If you have limited ability to attend sessions or want to be more actively involved in your rehabilitation the physio can tailor your sessions to suit you.
3. Ask Questions
The more you understand about your injury or problem the more we can help you to take control of your rehabilitation. Understanding what your body is experiencing can make taking the first steps so much easier and also help you understand why we are working on certain areas to help progress.
4. Be realistic about quick fixes and time frames
Be wary about “quick fixes”. While they may help rid you of pain, the underlying cause is often not addressed which in time will cause your pain or problem to return. With longstanding pain there is usually more going on than the initial injury or problem. Compensation of movement patterns often cause the body to becomes more sensitive. Your physio will discuss how long the process should take and together you can work out a treatment plan.
5. Use the tools suggested by the physio to help yourself/ invest in yourself
The role of physio is to help discover the cause or nature of the problem and provide you with advice, education and management strategies. While hands on treatment is important to move you in the right direction, it is ultimately you that can controls your progress. If the physio prescribes you exercises we don’t expect you to spend all your spare time doing them, but we prescribe them so you can work towards the new goals every day. In this way the next session is more effective as you are not having to back-track over the same exercises. This is also important once physiotherapy has finished, be willing to make lifestyle changes long term to make sure you look after number 1: yourself!
6. Be willing to work on how you think
Especially when you have been dealing with long term pain, your beliefs and fears can be very strong behaviour modifiers and also can inhibit your response to treatment. A common thought is that “you will always have a bad back or that an injury sustained years ago will always return”.
Although changing your thoughts can be difficult, these beliefs are commonly not accurate or outright wrong. As physio’s, we will work on changing how you see your body and try to encourage you to change your attitudes as this can substantially change your outcome.
For information on your booking an appointmetn with one of our therapists, phone 0131 556 1116 for Edinburgh or 0141 332 6000 for Glasgow