Whether you’re an office worker struggling with posture or chronic pain, a mum recovering from pregnancy, or an active sportsperson, experiencing pain in any form can seriously disrupt your everyday life. When pain prevents us from enjoying the activities we love, completing work, and spending time with family, it not only affects our physical health, but has flow-on effects to our mental wellbeing too. From those niggling pains to more serious injuries, seeing a physiotherapist can provide relief and prevent ongoing complications.
If you’ve never seen a physio before, you might be wondering if it would be the right fit for you. You may be surprised to know that physios see a diverse range of patients with a variety of new and ongoing health conditions.
Physiotherapists are highly trained health professionals who provide treatment for people suffering from a variety of physical issues anywhere from injury, injury prevention, ageing, illness, surgery rehabilitation and more. Ultimately, a physio’s job is to help you feel your best so you can get back to enjoying the things you love most.
People tend to believe that physiotherapists mainly work with back and sports-related injuries. While that is true, a physiotherapist’s purpose is to improve a person’s quality of life by using an array of treatments to relieve pain.
Physios are here to help when the going gets tough. Here are some of the common signs that a Physio could help you.
1. You Have Constant Pain
If your pain is always present, even at a low level of intensity chances are it will not disappear on its own.
2. You’ve Had Severe Pain Longer Than 3 Days
If the inflammation stage of healing has passed and you are still experiencing pain, or severe pain, for half that time, then you should see your family doctor or physiotherapist as more serious damage may have occurred.
3. Something Has Felt “Different” Since Your Injury
This seems like common sense, but many try to ignore this feeling. If things don’t feel right, chances are they are not right.
4. You’re Moving Differently Since Your Injury
Are you moving differently, possibly walking, bending, or reaching not quite the same way as before your injury? Sounds like compensation doesn’t it? If you aren’t sure if this is you, then ask close family or a friend as they may have noticed.
5. Your Pain Is Easily Reproducible With A Specific Movement
This may sound something like this: “every time I reach/bend/move this way I get pain”. Your injury has affected something very specific, and unless you want to avoid that particular movement for the rest of your life, it is worth getting it assessed.
6. You’re Tired All The Time
If you’re suffering from shoulder or back pain, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Reducing the pain can help you sleep better and help you wake up feeling refreshed.
7. You’re Getting Headaches
Headaches can be caused by poor posture and muscular tension in the jaw or neck. Of course, if your headaches are severe in nature, our Physio’s will refer you on to specialists.
8. You Have Sharp Pain In Your Heel
If you feel stabbing heel pain, especially in the morning, it can be a sign of plantar fasciitis. We can help ease your symptoms with taping and soft tissue massage and take you through beneficial stretches.
Hopefully, this helps you to understand the importance of ensuring your injuries are following the appropriate timelines and how to recognise if your injury isn’t going to heal on its own.
Keep in mind that the longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it will likely be to resolve your issue. If you have been putting off physiotherapy, then wait no longer and get in touch with our Physio team today.