According to the medical dictionary, a placebo is “a substance containing no medication and prescribed or given to reinforce a patient’s expectation to get well.” In popular terms a “placebo effect” is used to describe a treatment that doesn’t help you in real terms, rather your improvement is imagined.
Physiotherapy relies on evidence-based scientific research. Our results are quantifiable and can be measured to prove their effectiveness.
The following points help demonstrate that physiotherapy is not a placebo type of practice:
- It is scientific. Before beginning treatment, the physiotherapist assesses the patient to establish a baseline for treatment. They then formulate measurable goals for recovery. During treatment, you are reassessed against these goals in quantifiable terms.
- Physiotherapy is interactive. You do not just sit passively and allow the therapist to do something to you. Manual therapy is used in association with exercise. You are taught exercises to help correct any type of movement dysfunction. You are expected to participate actively in your recovery.
- Physiotherapy is direct and hands-on. Pain management through direct applications of massage, stretching, manual therapy and other forms of manipulation constitute the basis of a physiotherapy program. These methods have their basis in strong scientific research to support their use and effectiveness.
- Physiotherapy is dynamic. Your treatment is not static. The program is graded according to your progress, helping you reach your optimum potential. Physiotherapists are constantly re-assessing patients during their treatment course.
Making an appointment with us and discussing your health needs could be one of the healthiest decisions you take today. Ready to go? Call us today.