Physiotherapy maintenance once my pain is gone

Most patients will only seek treatment for pain once it starts to dramatically interfere with their daily life. One of the challenges facing modern healthcare is to change the patient mentality from a curative approach to a preventative approach. The advantages to this are obvious – solve problems before pain starts and save yourself time and money in the long run. Preventing an issue developing in the first place is far cheaper and easier than dealing with a chronic ongoing issue.

For these reasons your Physiotherapist might suggest that you follow a maintenance program once your pain and symptoms are eased in order to prevent a recurrence of the problem. This could be anything from once a month to once every 3 months depending on the cause and history of the problem. Your Physiotherapist is there to get you back to your best and also to keep you there!

Your maintenance in similar to going to the dentist for a check up and clean. You physio will both assess, treat and give exercises that are needed to keep your pain away for good.

This can include:

  • Posture assessment
  • Muscle length and strength assessment
  • Stretching
  • Release of tight muscles and stiff joints
  • Ergonomic advice about how you are positioned at work and home
  • Ongoing exercise in clinic such as Clinical Pilates or personal training by one of our therapists to keep you fit
  • The use of posture aids or changing of your pillow as needed

Ask your Physiotherapist for more details about how you can get on board to prevention and even recommend to others about why they might need advice before their problem gets worse.

 

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Simon Fayers

Simon Fayers

Senior Physiotherapist at Physio Savvy
Simon graduated from the University of Hertfordshire and after having experienced the NHS during three years of clinical placement, opted to continue his career abroad. He made the move to Iceland where he worked within two private clinics treating a wide variety of conditions from sports injuries to severe neurological disability. After a successful stint in Iceland, he decided to relocate to Oslo where he worked within a multi-disciplinary clinic. Now, Simon he is currently in Malaysia as the first to bring Positional Release Technique into the country.
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