How to make the most out of your Physio

Have you tried physio and it hasn’t worked? Are you currently using physio and don’t seem to be getting anywhere?

Physiotherapy is a very powerful tool that can be used to help people get back to playing sports, doing their day to day activities and can even help people recover from strokes and other neurological conditions. Some of you may have tried physio without much progress. This can be really frustrating, especially if it is coming at a cost. But here’s a thought, what if you could do more to maximise your physio?

You wouldn’t go to the Drs once and expect to be better the next day. If the Dr prescribed you a course of antibiotics, the likelihood is that you’ll take the whole course, right? And if you stopped taking the antibiotics, you wouldn’t be surprised that you weren’t getting any better, right? Physio is exactly the same. Movement IS medicine.

A one off physio assessment, unfortunately, will not fix you overnight. It will take time, and depending on the issue, different lengths of time. You have to buy into the journey, and finish the course of antibiotics. Lets say your physio appointment is 30 minutes and you have one every week. Over the course of 6 weeks, this only adds up to 3 hours of treatment. Over a 3 week course of antibiotics, you would usually take 4 per day, that accumulates to 84 opportunities to aid your bodies recovery. That’s a huge difference.

The rehab programme or advice that you’re physio prescribes you IS your antibiotics, the movement is your medicine. To make the most out of your physio, you need to be putting the work in at home. For example, after an ankle sprain, you need to regain full range of motion and strengthen muscles around that area. This won’t be done in a 30 minute session, it requires you not to cut corners and do the exercises designed to help YOU get better faster.

We know it’s not always easy to fit exercises in 3-4 times a day, so fit them into a routine. Do them in the morning and before you go to bed, do them at lunch time, do them while you’re waiting for dinner to cook or for the kids to finish their homework. There are a million excuses not to get them done, but that won’t help you get better. So, next time you think that you’re physio isn’t working, ask yourself if you could be doing something more? Put yourself in the best position to succeed with your physio, take the antibiotics, do your rehab at home.


Abbie Parsons. Sports Therapist