Plymouth Matters: Common Myths & Facts About Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is one of the most well known and commonly used complementary therapies around. It has long been used by the NHS for the treatment and rehabilitation of many common illnesses or injuries.

Unfortunately, despite its prevalence in modern medicine and therapy, the profession is still shrouded in mystery; and with that mystery, often comes myth and misconception.

Physiotherapy is a vast and collective type of therapy that deals with the complete care of a patient, from the initial stages of any condition, injury or diagnosis, through recovery and rehabilitation, right up to prevention and long term support. Good Physiotherapists can offer advice and support on lifestyle changes, additional therapies that may be helpful and the general management of pain and immobility that may come from your complaint.

Below, we have debunked five of the most common misconceptions about Physiotherapy…
Pictures: Physiotherapist in Plymouth Helen Jewell

Physiotherapy is only for people with long term conditions

Not at all! Physiotherapy, while an excellent treatment for long term conditions such as Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis and COPD, is also used to treat shorter term complaints such as back and neck pain, muscle weakness and fatigue, sports injuries, whiplash and sciatica.

In cases of back or neck pain, often the problem can arise from poor posture; Physiotherapy is an excellent form of treatment to help correct poor posture and prevent the inevitable issues that arise from it.

You can only access Physiotherapy on the NHS

Physiotherapy is a Multidisciplinary Practice, which means that many Physiotherapists work for multiple sectors, including the NHS, local Sports Centres, workplaces and private clinics. It’s easy to find a private Physiotherapist in your local area just by running a quick internet search; for example, a quick search for ‘Physiotherapist in Plymouth’ returns 19 results on, and countless Chartered Physiotherapists on Google. All of the physiotherapists in Plymouth are here on the Capes Health Professionals website to browse and contact directly.


Physiotherapy is the same as Chiropractic

This is probably the most incorrect misconception about Physio (or Physical) therapy. Physiotherapy and Chiropractic therapy are completely different fields of treatment, and while the two practices do treat a lot of the same complaints, the treatment that you receive from a Physiotherapist will be vastly different to the treatment you receive from a Chiropractor. Chiropractors treat subluxations in the spine to treat the body.

Physiotherapy is painful

There has for some time been the misconception that Physiotherapists live by the mantra “No pain, no gain”, in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While mild discomfort is expected when performing certain exercises and rehabilitating, particularly in the case of injury or immobility, excessive pain means that something is wrong. No good Physiotherapist will let you experience pain while receiving treatment and all of them should work with non-painful methods. The principle of Physiotherapy is to reduce pain, not induce it.

Paying for Physiotherapy privately is expensive

Paying privately for Physiotherapy should not be too expensive, but the cost will vary depending on where you are in the country, for example, seeing a Physiotherapist in Plymouth will cost around £20-£25 for a half hour session, whereas you may pay up to £100 to see someone privately in the centre of London. Consider the cost of a treatment relative to the price of your complaint. In leaving an injury or condition, it will only deteriorate, and potentially cause you more problems in the future.

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