Physiotherapists are specialist practitioners in developing a course of physical therapy treatment for their patients that are tailored specifically to their individual needs. Not only are physiotherapists trained in diagnosing and accurately assessing injuries but they are also experts in exercise science and exercise physiology. They will also keep up to date with the latest scientific and technological advances in their field. Their expertise allows them to develop a highly specialised plan, taking into account each patient's unique situation, injury, age group and fitness level.
Don't be nervous that your physiotherapy exercises will be painful. In the past, some physiotherapists believed that the patient should try to work through the pain - however, the thinking around this has now changed. It is actually very important that your exercises don't cause you pain as you carry them out. Research shows that when you experience pain, your muscles don't perform properly. This means that painful exercises may do more harm than good. Your physiotherapist will carry out an extensive physical examination and will carefully formulate an exercise plan for you comprised of exercises that you can carry out without pain and they will advise you on the number of repetitions of each exercise you should perform.
When you stop your exercise regime, your muscles begin to weaken, and over time, you can become more susceptible to injury. This is because weakness in your supporting muscles leaves you vulnerable to relapsing into old injuries or sustaining new ones. Sometimes, your body may try to compensate by over-activating adjacent muscles, causing further damage. Even if your fitness level is generally good, you are still open to injury if your supporting muscles are weak. If you have picked up an injury to a localised muscle-group, you should speak to your physiotherapist about specific exercises that strengthen the muscles in this area and also any adjacent stability muscles. Your physiotherapist will evaluate your capabilities and recommend exercises tailored to your needs. These exercises designed for maintenance are usually simple and designed so that you can do them at home without the need for any specialist equipment or supervision.
It's important that you take your physiotherapy seriously. Your physiotherapist is experienced in their field and the plan they formulate will be designed specifically for you, catering precisely to your unique condition and with just the right number of repetitions to improve your functionality without causing further damage. This works in the same way as medication. Think of your physiotherapy exercises as medical treatment. If you didn't take prescribed medication as instructed, you would not expect it to work. Physiotherapy works the same way. The exercises you are given to perform each day by your physiotherapist should be treated as a dosage and carried out consistently and exactly as instructed. If you perform your exercises consistently and as advised, you will see an improvement.