Breaking the Myths About Physical Therapy
Like with many other treatments out there, physical therapy has its fair share of myths and misconceptions surrounding it. Read on to know more about 4 myths as we break them down to reveal the truth, and show the benefits that you and your senior can get from physical therapy:
- Physical therapy involves pain
Actually, physical therapy involves the alleviation of pain and discomfort in addition to improving mobility and movement. So while it does in a way involve pain – many patients who seek physical therapy usually already experience some level of pain – it seeks to minimize this pain through exercises that are within the pain threshold of patients so that they heal faster.
- Physical therapy ensures full recovery
Physical therapy does not guarantee a full recovery, depending on the severity of the injury or condition of the patient it aims to help recover from.
Instead, physical therapy not only helps patients heal injuries faster, it also helps to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring. This can be done through exercises that help strengthen the body, regain a more solid sense of balance, and sharpen protective reflexes – helpful in the prevention of falling as well as serious injury from falling.
- Physical therapy requires a physician’s referral
You can receive physical therapy without seeking a physician’s referral beforehand. However, restrictions on what a physical therapist can do may differ from state to state, and it is best to check the restrictions that apply first.
Of course, seeking a referral from your physician can be a good choice as the physician can refer you to a PT who is capable of addressing whatever specific needs you may have for the therapy.
- Physical therapy can be done without a physical therapist
While there are many activities you can do to improve your health on your own, physical therapy is not one of them! Physical therapists undergo rigorous training and years of education before obtaining their license, and their knowledge and expertise can truly help you receive the individualized care you need to recover safely and efficiently.
Many who seek physical therapy are seniors who may need it to recover from injury, or to strengthen themselves to be more physically fit as they age. At On Time Home Health Services LLC, we provide Home Health Services in the DFW Metroplex, with physical therapy included in our services. We do our best for our physical therapists, as well as the rest of our team, to give you the Best Home Health care that is personalized to your needs.