In my clinical practice, I asked my patients what physical therapy means to them?
This is what they replied :-
‘Physical therapy is all about hot and cold packs, lots of exercises, massage and equipment therapy. Every physical therapist is same ’
Absolutely no. Physical therapy is more about the whole body approach which is alinged by manual techniques i.e manipulation and mobilisation. Every physical therapist is different and have their own way of approaches towards the treatment plan. It is more diversified and specialised now for example we have musculoskeletal physical therapist, cardiorespiratory, neurological, orthopaedic, paediatric, sports and even obstetrician and gynaecologist physical therapist.
People believe that physical therapy is general treatment only. Infact it is more about holistic treatment which includes whole body approach. The recovery from pain is not only at the site of the pain but it is from the whole body.
For people physical pain is only related to muscles, bones and joints. This misinformation is wrong. It is also related to mental, emotional and socio economic factors.
What people should search when finding a good physical therapist is the one who understands the complexities and interconnections of the human body.