For someone who’s lost their health and vitality through ill-health or injury, regaining their health typically becomes the one thing they want most. The top 7 risks to our health(1) are within our own control:
1. High blood pressure
3. High cholesterol
5. Low fruit and vegetables
6. Physical inactivity
“In the world of Physiotherapy, physical activity is the one thing which really matters. Movement is everything. Most of the time it doesn’t really matter too much how that occurs, as long as it does occur. We all need exercise. Our job *should be* focused on using the best of the data to work with our client in a search of a way to restore and rehabilitate meaningful movement whether they have had knee pain, back pain, a stroke, respiratory disease, or cancer.” (2)
Got back pain?
For 90-95% of people, back pain is unrelated to anything specific (3) and putting a label on their back pain in a treatment room (guessing) or linking the symptoms to imaging is a recipe for disaster. Scans are NOT recommended. “Backs are really strong structures; they don’t go ‘out’, they love to be exercised, moved and trusted. Back pain is rarely associated with damage; it doesn’t get worse as we get older; and people with back pain do not end up in a wheel chair.” If you’ve had back pain for more than 8-12 weeks, what you ‘think’ about your pain, how you ‘feel’ about your pain and what you ‘do’ are more likely to be the cause of the pain persisting that anything being ‘wrong’.
It’s not at all ‘healthy’ for anyone to become reliant or dependent upon any health practitioner to ‘fix’ them. Lying on a treatment table and expecting someone to magically rub, pull, poke, crack, needle, zap or tape your pains away is nonsense. Those things can make us feel better about our pain temporarily, but you wouldn’t pull the battery out of a smoke alarm to fix that ‘problem’ either would you…
A health practitioner should empower you with the knowledge and skills to become responsible for your own health. The 6-60 mins you spend on a treatment table doesn’t change anything about your body; just the way you ‘feel’ about it, and only temporarily.
At PRIDE, we don’t sell ‘sickness’; our clients (we don’t have “patients”) don’t wait until they’re in pain or broken. We help our clients move better and find a passion for exercise and building the components of their own fitness, we support that with nutrition coaching.
This isn’t a new or revolutionary concept. “If we could give every
individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” Hippocrates
“Overwhelming evidence indicates that regular physical activity is one of the most powerful health-promoting practices that physicians and other health care professionals can recommend for patients. No other single intervention or treatment is associated with such a diverse array of benefits. Given the overwhelming evidence of benefits from physical activity and the vital role of health professionals in motivating behaviour change, the lack of physical activity counselling in clinical settings represents a lost opportunity to improve the health and well-being of patients, and with minimal cost. In this viewpoint, we hope to motivate physicians and other health care practitioners to include physical activity counselling in patient encounters and provide tools for efficiently integrating this activity into busy clinical settings with constant time pressures.” (4)
PRIDE Physiotherapy & Nutrition – Changing the face of Physiotherapy.