Debunking Common Physiotherapy Myths

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If you have yet to experience physiotherapy, you are probably wondering what a physiotherapist does? Perhaps you have heard the subject mentioned in passing by colleagues or family members or seen it in the media. In short, physiotherapy is a beneficial treatment used to aid physical well-being and assist with recovery and pain management. It uses strategies created around each person’s individual needs and is curated to provide the optimal solutions for your overall well-being. 

There are, however, a few common myths about physiotherapy, and it’s time to debunk them and provide a clear understanding of what it can do for you. Keep reading to find out the truth about physiotherapy and what the treatment entails.

Myth 1: Physiotherapy Is Painful

It is normal to be nervous about starting a treatment plan, especially if you are enduring chronic pain. Don’t worry, physiotherapy should not be painful. During your physiotherapy treatment, it is crucial to communicate with your therapist. Always let them know if the exercise you are doing is causing you any discomfort. Your therapist is trained to observe and listen to you, working alongside your comfort levels for optimum results. 

Physiotherapy won’t come without its challenges if you are recovering from an accident or experiencing chronic pain. The intention is not to hurt, but to treat your current condition. As you progress through the treatment, your body will get stronger, and you will begin to feel better.

Myth 2: Physiotherapy Is Only for Chronic Pain or Injuries

While physiotherapy is commonly used to provide treatment for a number of health issues, it is not limited only to those with pain or injuries. Physiotherapy can also provide you with tools and guidance for preventing disease and injury. It can benefit people of all ages by helping to avoid injuries from physical activity such as sport or in the workplace. A physiotherapist can even ensure your bike saddle is the appropriate fit for you by providing a bike saddle fitting. You can utilize physiotherapy as a way to benefit your health and empower yourself to feel great.

There are also physiotherapy treatments available that help with conditions like asthma or chronic fatigue which are not necessarily causing you pain, but are interfering with your lifestyle. Once finding out your medical history, your physiotherapist can create a treatment plan designed specifically for you.

Myth 3: Physiotherapy Isn’t Covered by Extended Health Benefit Plans

This myth is a common misconception that often discourages people from considering physiotherapy, but extended healthcare plans can, in fact, cover the treatment. Many health insurance providers cover all or a portion of physiotherapy costs. There are different levels of coverage, so it is always important to call your insurance providers first.

There are situations where Alberta Health Services will provide funding for physiotherapy treatments. In this case, it is best to review the AHS requirements and find out what coverage option you may be eligible to receive.

Myth 4: You Need a Doctor’s Referral to See a Physiotherapist

You do not need a referral to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are considered primary health care practitioners and therefore don’t require a referral from your family doctor. You may need one if your healthcare insurance plan requires it, which they sometimes do. Aside from providing a medical referral, your doctor might have a physiotherapist they work closely with and recommend you visit.

Now that we have helped to clear up some of the myths surrounding physiotherapy, is it time that you considered whether the treatment could be of benefit to you? We’re here to help, so please do not hesitate to reach out to the trained professionals at Intrinsi’s wellness and rehabilitation facility in Calgary. You can call us at 403-229-9214 or visit our website to book an appointment.

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