If we’re sick and unwell we go to a GP (Dr). We want to know what’s wrong with us, how long it’s going to take to get better and to find out what we can do to help ourselves; that’s ‘education’. We may well be prescribed a course of medication for the symptoms.
If we’re in pain or injured, we may go to a Physiotherapist. We want to know what’s wrong with us, how long it’s going to take to get better, and find out what we can do to help ourselves; that’s ‘education’. We may well be prescribed a course of EXERCISE for the symptoms and to improve our physical condition.
Physiotherapy the profession (or ‘Physical Therapy’ in the US – that’s *so* much better!) is a verb. We don’t go to our GP to “get some Dr”. The only person who “gets some Physio” is my wife.
A good ‘Physical Therapist’ can help you far beyond just pain and injury. As well as being a Dr of Physiotherapy, I’m also a qualified Personal Trainer with a BSc in Exercise Science.
Pain and injury are usually temporary because our body does a remarkably good job of fixing most things given time so long as we don’t get in the way. Pain and injury demand our attention particularly if it’s disabling and preventing us from doing the things we want. Those symptoms may be *your* number one priority and I’m happy to help with that, but *my* number one priority is to inspire you to life a healthier life in the long run.
I don’t care if someone sees me as a grossly over-qualified personal trainer because I know that those aches and pains won’t kill you, but your lifestyle and heart disease will. I would say “ask my dad” but he didn’t want to listen and he’s sadly no longer here to tell you that “I’m the fittest 67-year-old you’ll ever meet”.
If you want to make your *health* a number one priority and get more fun and enjoyment from the life you live, invest in a good Physiotherapist who is interested in helping you live a healthier life in the long-term, not just resolving your temporary aches and pains.