Finding yourself hobbling around, holding your back and grunting about your neck pain? We feel you. And it’s only natural to experience tensions and discomfort at some point in time. But just like your vehicle and the appliances you utilise in your everyday lifestyle, your body also needs a bit of maintenance from time to time. So how often should you head to your local physiotherapist?
Firstly, why go at all?
There’s plenty of reasons for needing to go to a qualified physio. For starters, they’re able to provide you with support towards any conditions you may have, as well as help you identify prevention for the future. From incorporating tailored exercises specifically designed for your needs, through to improving posture or eliminating chronic movement issues – the advantages are endless.
However, depending on the severity of your condition, the number of times you may need to see your physio will vary. During your first consultation, your dedicated practitioner will sit with you to discuss your case, and guide you through the options that are available to you. From there, they’ll also provide you with a rough estimation of the frequency for appointments – of which you’re highly recommended to upkeep.
How many appointments will you need?
In the beginning, your appointments may be more frequent and range from approximately 30 to 60 minutes in length. Over time, though, your physio will shift your program according to how your body responds; note that this journey may take several months.
If you are recovering from an injury (especially sports-related), you may need to book in appointments only a few days apart. As your body heals, these will span out and reduce overtime, but the initial recovery period is the most important.
Provided you keep up with the exercises and program that your physio assigns you, you’ll be able to decrease the number of times you have to head out to your clinic. This might mean ensuring you’re doing all at-home treatment methods that have been advised to you – including ice therapy, stretching and specific movements.
Aside from your home-related must-dos, you may also be advised to change certain habits or set yourself up differently at work. This can range from using an ergonomic chair, through to certain pillows or posture support.
Note: For some conditions, ongoing physiotherapy may be inevitable.
If you’re not sure how much care you need or are suffering from discomfort, we recommend booking in an appointment with our physiotherapists at BodyMotion now. You can call our friendly team on 9873 3333.
Not sure how a physiotherapist can help you with your condition? Read up on a day-in-the-life of our team of practitioners here.