Physiotherapy has changed greatly since I qualified from UCD in 1999. Much more research and evidence-based approach is now being used as a basis in choosing physiotherapy treatment and management for straightforward and complicated injuries and conditions.
Back in the late nineties, electrotherapy received a massive amount of attention in the curriculum and was used widely in treatment in hospitals and clinics. Now the evidence for its use is depleting and science and pain research are finding increasing evidence of what tools the body needs in best healing itself. For example studies have proved that a person can have a disc bulge and have no pain at all and another person can have debilitating pain and their MRI shows that everything is normal. To me we’re much more than the eye can see on the physical level!
Over the previous 19 years, I’ve worked with many great physiotherapists both at home and abroad and the main common denominator of how all these physiotherapists help their clients is through using straight talking and knowing how to be supportive. As I said above, there are many great physiotherapy tools out there to help clients heal and recover including joint manual therapy, massage therapy, Pilates, rehabilitative exercises. The list goes on.
However I’ve observed that all clients like to have a listening and empathetic ear but also like clear advice and support in how to move through and beyond their specific ailment.
So what can you expect from a physiotherapy consultation?
As well as chatting to you about your specific ailment, we would also discuss what other possible reasons could be contributing to it. Following the assessment I would choose from a list of physiotherapy tools such as:
- Joint Manual therapy
- Soft tissue therapy
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Postural correction and advice
- Relaxation methods
If indicated I may advise using Bio-Energy Therapy to help accelerate the recovery of your ailment through removing blocked or stagnant energies in your Energy field.
Most importantly I listen to your specific ‘story’ about you and your injury and provide an outsider’s viewpoint of what recovery hurdles you may be facing and how to overcome them. I also aim to be as straight talking as possible in what advice you’d need.
If I feel that physiotherapy or bio-energy therapy is not the best solution for your recovery, I will refer you to the most appropriate healthcare personnel or therapist or back to your GP.