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With the rise of the internet, the modern-day phenomenon of self-diagnosis is positively pandemic. It’s easy to hop onto Google, search your symptoms and come up with a self-created treatment plan. Problem is, the World Wide Web is awash with misinformation, leading you far down the ‘recovery’ rabbit hole. Before you give up hope, however, Gosforth Physio & Wellness is helping to bust some of these physiotherapy myths. Read on to learn more.

Myth No.1: I’m Too Old/Young for Physio

Please people, if you’re discounting yourself from professional help on the basis of age, then you’ve been reading the wrong material. At our Newcastle physiotherapy clinic, we ensure that every treatment plan is perfectly tailored to client needs and capabilities, taking careful consideration of client age. As such, we see individuals ranging from 12 up to 80 years old. Whether we’re relieving arthritic pain or treating tendonitis, our physiotherapy services are beneficial for people of all ages.

Myth No.2: Physio Only Helps Your Body

Not just designed to improve flexibility, range of motion and overall strength, our physiotherapy treatments also carry huge benefits for mental health. With a range of massages available (from therapeutic and sports massages to soft tissue and deep tissue massages), it’s possible to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to drastically reduce stress levels and high blood pressure, resulting in the release of those wonderful feel good hormones, endorphins. With similar holistic benefits from most physiotherapy exercises, our treatment is far from one-dimensional.

Myth No.3: Avoiding Exercise Will Help Back Pain

We have two words for this erroneous piece of advice: absolutely not. Why are we so emphatic about this? Whether it’s in the form of stretching or LISS (low intensity steady state) cardio, exercise is a crucial component for complete recovery. Whilst it’s understandably tempting to give-way to back pain and simply rest up, doing this can actually prolong your complaint. By providing a programme of core strengthening exercises that don’t inflame your symptoms, our expert physiotherapists also strengthen your back to significantly reduce chronic back pain. All that said, be warned: it’s essential you complete your bespoke plan. With just 30% of patients sticking to it, there’s a real risk of your complaint making an unwelcome come back.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, there’s nothing holding you back from our Newcastle physiotherapists. To book your appointment, just contact our friendly team today on 0191 284 9111. Alternatively, take a look online for our full range of treatments

Kevin Kennedy

Director / Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Kevin is an Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist and Pilates instructor with a special interest in neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunctions and pain.

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