What to expect in your physiotherapy first appointment

What to expect in your first appointment –
The minimum standard
Please take time to ask yourself these questions. Do the answers compare with your own?
Have I ever been to a physio before?
👉 No, never even thought of going, especially a private one.
Why have I never been to a physio before?
👉 thought didn’t cross my mind.
👉🏼 doctor referred me to NHS but I got better before the session became available.
👉🏼 physios are for sports people.
👉🏽 scared of going. Don’t really know what to expect.
👉🏾 it’s not my priority. I am under a GP and consultant, how would a physio help me differently?
👉🏿 I am not ill or have a problem. I would just like a relaxing massage.
How am I feeling about attending a session?
👉 nothing…just going through the motions.
👉🏼 scared and worried
👉🏽 apprehensive and nervous
👉🏾 intrigued and curious
👉🏿 excited and eager (haha)
Why am I feeling this about attending a session?
👉 I need to do this so I can progress to consultant level and get my replacement.
👉🏼 they may find something bad or sinister, surely this pain means I have the worst thing imaginable.
👉🏽 they are going to look at my body! MY BODY!
👉🏾 haven’t got a clue what to expect. What will I have to do? What do I have to say? Will I have homework? What happens during the time I am there?
👉🏿 just can’t wait to find out what the issue is or what I could do about it. This could actually help my life in a lot of ways that I may not have thought of. Getting back to the things I enjoy or start something new!
What to expect from a typical initial assessment?
✅ the initial appointment lasts 1 hour.
✅ normally this is broken down into separate parts: subjective history of the client (approximately 15 to 20 mins), objective assessment of the body part concerned (15 to 20 mins) and lastly the management/treatment (15 to 20 mins).
✅ each stage informs the next. So it should all make sense and tie together. For example: if you attend with a history of going over on your ankle, and then the ankle is swollen and sore, then the resulting management and treatment would address the pain and swelling at the ankle….not a manipulation at your neck.
✅ you would be expected to expose the area involved. This area only, so no need to remove underwear. It maybe the case that changing into shorts maybe better.
✅ your dignity, respect and confidence/confidentially are always maintained.
✅ a thorough medical history will be asked in the subjective history as specific other illnesses can impact on others.
✅ please do not feel offended if specific sensitive questions are asked. They are asked for a reason.
✅ you are in control at all times. If something is uncomfortable please say! No pain, no gain is scientifically flawed in the main. This includes assessment and treatment.
✅ you will be listened to.
What will not happen in an assessment?
❌ you are laughed at, judged and insulted.
❌ you are made to do something that is out of your comfort zone or out of your control.
❌ you are ignored.
Please take note that:
👌Physio is for everyone not just sporty ones.
👌Physio may not be your initial ‘go to’ for a relaxing massage, but we are more than qualified!

The future

Published by Kayleigh Byers · October 25, 2019 ·
Just a thought…..
Our children go to school to learn. What should they be learning?
Should they be learning.. Maths, english, science, geography, history……
Should they be learning how to cook, be savvy about nutritional information, how to keep themselves fit and healthy (physically and psychologically)………
Our society has a problem with obesity. Our society has a problem with low back pain. Our society has a problem with talking about being depressed/having troubles with anxiety/dealing with emotions.
I was speaking to a first school teacher the other day and she was talking about stress. She talked about how they were giving their pupils mindfulness sessions to help combat stress. I thought this was amazing!
There is so much high quality evidence out there now to show how mindfulness and brain training can help us deal with pain and stress. Scientists have taken functional MRI scans of peoples brains (Buddhists in particular) to show the physical effects. So it’s brilliant to hear that some of our little ones could benefit from such teaching at school. Help them to cope/deal with the stresses of the modern day world and……all their pain they will inevitable have to endure.
So how about low back pain?! Yes the mindfulness will help no end but how about the core exercises that help to relieve low back pain? That’s not core stability ones just to make it clear.
Low back pain is inevitable at some point in our lives. So how about prepping our little ones, just a bit, and giving them some positive coping mechanisms? We are privileged to have access to immunizations to try to eradicate various illnesses in childhood. So why not include low back mobility exercises in the school curriculum?
Our job as a parent and as a teacher is to prep our children for the future. To educate, to empower, to help, and to steer. These children are the future. Maths, english, science…the fundamentals are so important and will always be but the importance of being healthy is surely just as important. ‘Survival of the fittest’ is life. We have been born into the world to live.
Anyways it was just a thought……