7 Myths About Physiotherapy | By Jasrah Javed (PT) | NEED A PHYSIO

Physiotherapy Myths
 Here are a few myths about Physiotherapy that you were continuing to believe, let’s bust the myths.

Myth #1- Physiotherapy is all about massage.

Most of us believe that “physiotherapists are the massage therapists”. Hold on there! “Physiotherapists” are “physiotherapists” specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation, remediating impairments by using mechanical forces and movements to promote mobility, improving the quality of life, diagnosis of illness, prognosis, and use of physical interventions. “Massage therapists” may or may not be a physiotherapist who is specialized in therapeutic massage for treating several conditions. “Massage” in physiotherapy is “purely therapeutic”, which is designed in a particular manner according to patient’s condition. Massage therapy includes several techniques and biodynamics, which is highly effective in sedation, lymph drainage, releasing muscle tension and other biological and medical advantages.

Fact: “Physiotherapy in not all about massage, but therapeutic massage constitutes a part of it”.

Myth #2- You need a referral to see a physiotherapist.

Whenever we suffer from a bodily condition, specifical pain in joints, bones and muscles, muscle stiffness, and other conditions, we always rush to the Orthopedician, settle appointments, go for radiological exams, pay another visit to the orthopedics doctor and finally one day get a referral from the doctor saying “you’ll have to see a physiotherapist for treatment”. Well, there’s a good news for you, cut it short, and directly see a physiotherapist, get the radiological exams done, and begin with the treatment then and there. It is not required for you to follow such a long process of recovery. Physiotherapists are absolutely eligible for diagnosis, prognosis, and cure.

Fact: “You do not need a referral from a doctor to see a physiotherapist”.

Physiotherapy Myths


Myth #3- Physiotherapists are Personal trainers and fitness advisors.

Physiotherapists are the health care professionals, who can guide you in preventing injury and recovering from injury with the help of “therapeutic exercise”, whereas, personal trainers and fitness advisors are the professionals dealing with body building, guide you with a diet plan, body toning, slimming and weight control.

Fact: “Physiotherapists are the doctors of physical rehabilitation and gym professionals are the trainers helping you maintain an optimum body composition”.

Myth #4- Physiotherapy clinic is the slimming center.

A Physiotherapy set up comprises of equipment, machines, and tools, required to carry out a treatment and rehabilitation program according to patient’s condition. Whereas slimming center includes equipment and devices specifically designed for weight loss and body weight control.

Fact: “Physiotherapy clinic is not the slimming center”.

Myth #5- You can do physiotherapy on your own.

Physiotherapists are the health care professionals who are qualified in a bachelor's master’s, and Ph.D. in Physiotherapy and are highly trained in physical rehabilitation. They take proper care of their patients and are aware of pros and cons. So, if you try to take up the responsibility on your own, you might land yourself up in trouble. Your participation during the treatment is very important and plays a major role in recovery, but you need expert care and guidance by a licensed physiotherapist. Your physiotherapist will make a proper plan keeping in mind your current situation, a proper assessment and diagnosis are carried out. Proper information and understanding of the treatment plan are given to the patient before beginning the treatment.

Fact: “Don’t take a risk of trying physiotherapy on your own”.  

Myth #6- Physiotherapy means exercise.

Exercise comprises a major portion of physiotherapy program which is designed for the patient. But it consists of several other components as well. The other components include balance and gait training, therapeutic massage, orthotics and prosthesis, patient education, pain management, respiratory care, manual manipulations, mobilization and gliding, precautions, etc.

Fact: “Exercise is a part of physiotherapy and not the physiotherapy”.

Myth #7- Physiotherapy is a short duration course.

Physiotherapy does offer certificate and diploma courses, but a full-fledged physiotherapy course is designed as a 4 and a half years of Bachelors of Physiotherapy (BPT) or a three year BSc. In physiotherapy course, followed by two years of Master’s degree in specialized fields such as neurology, sports, orthopedics, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, gynecology, pediatrics, kinesiology, exercise therapy, pain management, community-based rehabilitation etc. which is further followed by a Ph.D. after post-graduation. So it’s really not a piece of cake, entering the physiotherapy departments of the hospitals and trust me it takes a lot of courage and hard work before you are expert in this field.

Fact: “Physiotherapy course is challenging and requires mental and physical efforts”

About The Author: 

Jasrah Javed is an Aspiring Physiotherapist, a health and physiotherapy blogger and writer. She writes articles related to disorders and their physiotherapeutic managements. She has contributed to health, fitness, and medical magazines as well. She is always open to learning more and more and share her knowledge with people through her articles. She is dedicated to her profession and is constantly making efforts to promote health in an easy way. She is the creator of PTalert (PhysioTherapy Alert) and her only wish is to spread awareness about Physiotherapy profession. 

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