Do you have a great GP who advocates for Pilates-not-painkillers and sensible “social prescriptions” etc. Do you have a great PT or Yoga/Pilates instructor who really knows their onions? But what if you don’t? Where do you turn? Following on from listening to a number of speakers at yesterday’s online version of Therapy Live (a huge UK therapy expo featuring numerous top physiotherapists and other industry professionals), I felt the usual surge of enthusiasm for the rehabilitation and fitness industry but it also made me think – what do you do if don’t know who to listen to? It’s a minefield out there.
One of the things I picked up on was that most of the therapists I heard made reference to their personal treatment bias. I’ve often experienced this not only when I learn a new skill and suddenly feel like it can help everyone, but, as a chronic pain sufferer, you often become slightly less sympathetic to others pain or forget that systems and plans that work for you may not be right for others or that other may not be as mentally capable of dealing with these things. Whatever it is, our personal lived experiences shape our offerings as therapists/trainers and we all have a bias!
Lockdown has proved to be an interesting time in the health and fitness industry with people largely paying more attention to their personal health and fitness. Obviously social poverty is the largest risk factor for serious Covid-19 illness but beyond that, obesity and heart disease, lung disease such as COPD and other respiratory conditions are really problematic. We need to be fit and healthy to have the best chance of survival. From another less serious aspect, what if the therapist you usually see is prevented from treating and your back pain flares up like nobodies business and you don’t have the tools to deal with it?! What if you are looking to either keep up your normal routine