Typically, Physiotherapists and other Allied Health Practitioners are seen as masters of short term relief. Why? Because often times, we’re really good at helping someone with the ‘here and now’. Let's say you have low back pain. You come in to see a Physio and leave feeling better. You come back for two more sessions and reach a point where you are back to 100%. Sounds like a job well done.
Three months later, you have back pain again. You see the Physio and a few sessions later you’re feeling 100%. Job well done.
Three months later… This has to stop. As a Physiotherapist, when I hear someone say this is the care they have received, I think we have failed them.
There is no reason while working towards getting you pain-free, moving better and getting stronger, we can’t also work towards keeping you that way! You, my philosophy is this: I will do everything I can to help you short-term, but I will also teach you and show what needs to be done to stay pain-free.
It's not enough to help you feel better for three months. I want you to feel better, move better, be stronger and have a higher quality of life, for good. This doesn't happen if you're dealing with the same issue on repeat. Long-term benefits don't come easy, but they also don't come from a treatment table. If you want to eliminate your back pain for good, your time needs to be spent in the gym. Its the only way to increase your tolerance and capacity and develop strong and efficient movements. Now, this doesn't only work for back pain, but all of the common injuries seen in gym and sporting environments.