About physiotherapy is said a lot in scientific and popular literature, in the press, on radio and television. Despite this, the general knowledge about such treatment among citizens remains superficial. And doctors observe this at citizens’ receptions, which, even after completing treatment courses, do not know anything about the means, what results they give, what side effects can be.

People prefer to listen not to doctors, but to friends and relatives who are judged by physiotherapy on the basis of newspaper publications, scraps of conversation, and statements by non-specialists. On the basis of such a doubtful base, a prejudiced attitude to this kind of medical care is formed. That is why the most common myths about physiotherapy should be debunked.


Physiotherapy – a secondary treatment, without which you can do without.

You can often hear that it is much more important to use medicines. Meanwhile, physiotherapy allows you to 1.5-2 times faster to undergo treatment, to prevent the progress of chronic diseases, to reduce the frequency of relapses. And the recovery in this case is more complete than with the use of drugs. Thanks to the methods of physiotherapy, defensive-compensatory forces of the body, natural procedures for recovery and self-healing are stimulated. Treatment should be comprehensive, including using physical means. This will help to remove toxins and toxins, improve the supply of tissues with oxygen and nutrients, and update cells. And the work of the nervous system, as well as the activity of glands will improve. And after the acute period of the illness, physiotherapy in general becomes the main means of medical care. It not only goes well with taking medications, but also enhances their effect. So you can reduce the dose of medications taken, as well as reduce the likelihood of side effects.

Physiotherapy is the best way to treat, it can completely replace drugs.

This myth is the other extreme. Synthetic drugs are really alien to man by nature, clogging up the body and leading to a mass of side effects. But in the acute period of the disease without them can not do. But most often from a long list of prescribed medicines only two or three are really needed, and the rest can be replaced with physiotherapy. So, antibiotics and antipyretic agents are prescribed for the treatment of acute infectious diseases, radiculitis with painful symptoms can be defeated with anti-inflammatory and anesthetic agents, the allergy forces to take antihistamines. And in the process of treatment you can gradually start using and physiotherapy. As the state of health improves, the emphasis should be shifted from non-medicamentous medicines to non-medicinal products, refusing medicines.

All physiotherapy is based on heating, and therefore potentially dangerous.

The thermal effect is not accompanied by all types of physiotherapy. Yes, and no reliable information about the harm it does not. A similar situation with thermal effects. Those devices that are used during the procedures undergo long tests in order to identify possible side effects and general contraindications. If the technique is ineffective, then the doctor will not appoint it. And initially pass before any physiotherapy – do not give yourself a chance to fully recover. If there are any concerns about the chosen methods of recovery, then it is worth sharing them with your doctor. He will certainly choose the optimal solution.

The course of physiotherapy should be as short as possible.

This myth came into being, thanks to the previous one. And with reality, it has as much in common. The onset of the disease, its development and damping is a cyclic process that follows its own rules. No disease in three days can not go by itself. Even lowering the temperature, reducing pain, reducing swelling will not say that everything is already good. Simply, the body was able to defeat some of the symptoms, compensating them with a strong release of biologically active substances.But at the level of cells and organs of pathology will persist for a long time. The organism has to go through a long process of recovery, it is necessary to eliminate swelling and inflammation, remove the decay products, toxins, accumulate energy, restore the surviving cells and grow new ones quickly, normalize immunity, nerves and endocrine system, restore normal blood and lymph. And even if the visible symptoms have already passed, a person, giving all his strength to fight the disease, becomes defenseless against new diseases like a child. If you do not heal, then the body can not fully recover and restore its protective functions to normal. This is why a modern person has so many chronic diseases, we are constantly being ripped off important things, although the body needs two to three more weeks to fully compensate for the damage. In this situation, any methods that help speed up the recovery process are a great success. And what can in this connection be compared with physical therapy? Only on your own health when deciding on the number of procedures should not be guided. Here it is necessary to trust the doctor and his well-grounded recommendations. It may well be that after a single physiotherapy course he will appoint another that will only go to the patient for good.

For speedy recovery, several physiotherapy procedures should be taken simultaneously.

In this case, the quantity does not flow into quality. Each physiotherapy has its own special mechanism of action. Methods can complement each other, strengthening the effect on the body, but exactly the same way combine some procedures for some reason can not. It must be understood that physiology implies exposure to the entire organism as a whole. At the same time, he responds with a compensatory-adaptive reaction peculiar only to a certain type of therapy. Exposure to another kind of procedure can only knock down such a fine-tuning that it only hurts. In addition, in the acute period of the disease, all the systems of the body and so are in a state of tension. Exposure to several procedures at once can lead to an exacerbation. And the organisms of all people are different. Some people can swallow a lot of drugs without special problems, withstanding two or three physiotherapy procedures and a sauna. But most of our compatriots are still not so healthy. So it is better to think several times about how and what to treat so as not to do much harm. And in this matter it is also better to listen to a doctor who will prescribe the course that will be safe for the organism.


The means of physiotherapy are universal for everyone.

Some patients are asked to prescribe to them procedures that helped their friends. About miracle methods are spoken in transport, in lines. Conventional ultrasound or electrophoresis seems obsolete and simple to help in a qualitative way. People talk with friends who have similar symptoms, and try to be treated the same way. In clinics, they require the use of “modern” laser or electromassage. But who said that the diagnosis of two people is the same? Pain in the lower back is not necessarily an osteochondrosis. And at different stages of the disease can be used completely different physiotherapy. Someone has a slow process, and in the case of an acute phase, other measures of influence are needed. And most importantly – every person individually responds to physiological effects. Someone is well suited to treatment with magnetic fields, others – infrared waves, the third – thermal radiation. The whole beauty of physiology is that, based on the individual characteristics of the body, you can choose a treatment for any person. But this should be done by a doctor, and not a knowledgeable friend.

What helped once will save the next time.

This question is not easy. On the one hand, if a person responds well to some kind of therapy, then it is more likely to have an impact in case of repeated use.But how much effect will be so strong, and is it likely to manifest itself? Our body – a complex system, constantly changing, including through disease. Take at least a simple radiculitis. For the first time, it can be triggered by hypothermia, and in the next – it is already an increase in gravity. And depending on the reasons it is necessary to choose and a kind of treatment. Depending on whether the pressure jumps or it is consistently high, it is worth choosing and physiotherapy. And if once it was possible to defeat thrombophlebitis with the help of magnetotherapy, then the peptic ulcer may not be relieved, it is not necessary to demand this treatment from a doctor.

Procedures must necessarily be accompanied by some kind of impression, otherwise they are weak.

Often patients are asked to give them some kind of strong procedure, especially men sinning. This is a method of treatment that will give maximum sensation. The logic here is simple – the stronger the sense of impact on the body, the more effective the procedure seems. The absence of any special sensations indicates a weak effect. And so many people argue. And this myth is debunked only by personal experience. Several procedures of magnetotherapy suddenly go away swelling, numbness, pain, which lasted for months. After that, it’s hard to remain skeptical about the procedure that you do not feel. From the physical sense of the effectiveness of treatment does not depend. And sometimes even more useful are those procedures that you do not feel. Thus, electromagnetic nonthermal waves act so deeply and hard on structural complexes that it is difficult to minimize the importance of such a procedure. But it is not at all a test of willpower. A person who really worries about his state of health and who wants to improve it qualitatively will not rely on his personal feelings, but on the recommendations of a doctor. However, doctors sometimes go to meet those who want to relieve the pain quickly due to “powerful” funds. In this case, you can see a quick result, but soon you will have to turn back to the doctors.

Once in the department of physiotherapy, you must try to cure all existing diseases.

Each disease is a complex process, during which pathological changes encounter the reaction of the body. And in each specific case, they use their own specific methods and a certain physiotherapeutic device. However, if different diseases have similar causes and mechanisms of development or they are different symptoms of the same pathology, then we can still talk about universal treatment. Physiotherapists are engaged in the disease, whose symptoms are most pronounced. And it begins to be treated by all available means. If a patient with problem joints suddenly asks to treat his bronchitis, the doctor will be at a dead end. The body is not a machine, which you can change several parts at the same time. In this case, you need careful handling, you will have to work with what is really important at the moment. The application of several types of impacts to different areas due to various diseases is fraught with an overload of protective systems, which is definitely unsafe. So it is reasonable to treat co-morbid conditions after the transition to a remission phase or after a full recovery.

It is possible to be treated with the help of household physiotherapy devices without contacting the doctor.

Self-treatment is dangerous in itself, and when there is no precise diagnosis – even more so. You can find out with what exactly you have to fight, a doctor based on the survey. Without it, physiotherapy is generally contraindicated, including at home. Devices begin to be used when acute pain prevents living. But it can be a symptom of various diseases, not all of them are treated by physiotherapy. Irrelevant use of household appliances fraught with complications. People put devices on painful places, quickly inventing a diagnosis.In any case, the effect of professional technology is much higher than that of home “masseurs”. Such devices are characterized by maximum safety and ease of operation. But this imposes restrictions on the capabilities of household appliances. Professional devices are much more powerful, have a wider range of effects, which affects the increased therapeutic effect. Household devices can be advised to use only at the stage of recovery, with a slight exacerbation, for prevention. If the disease is severe, then it is worthwhile to seek professional help. The lack of home treatment lies in the patient’s lack of discipline. It all starts with enthusiasm, but with a decrease in symptoms, procedures are abandoned, there is no question of completing the full course. Many of our people, especially the retirement age, in the closet have several physiotherapy devices purchased accidentally. Often, with this instruction in detail, no one became acquainted, did not go into the recommendations. In case of problems, the patient begins to use the device by intuition, and not by the rules. As a result, money is wasted, and there is no special effect from such “treatment”.

The intolerance of a single physiotherapy procedure guarantees side effects from the others.

It happens that the patient’s body does not tolerate any kind of treatment. For example, the electric current can be annoying, leading to dizziness, rashes on the site of the application of the gaskets. But what have the other methods? Intolerance of the procedure is normal, because not all food products act in a positive and equal way. The organism reacts individually and for this it is only necessary to thank it. His acute behavior, he shows that in this case, treatment will not benefit, but only harm. True, it happens that this same technique, applied in a different dosage to another part of the body, is transferred differently and acts beneficially. Replace physiotherapy one on another should a doctor, which should be treated, if there are side effects. He will help to correct the course on the basis of contraindications. And there was no such patient, to which absolutely all procedures would fit.

Begin the help procedure should be literally from the second to third time.

People usually consult a doctor at the most critical moment, collecting a whole bunch of diseases. It seems to us that doctors are wizards who can quickly get rid of all the problems. That’s why magicians, psychics, healers are so popular. They promise to heal quickly with a wave of their hands. But medicine does not guarantee such miracles. Any disease has a latent period and a phase of clinical manifestations. The first can last for years, for that time the organism stubbornly struggles with illness, trying it or to win or adapt to it. At the stage of clinical manifestation, it becomes clear that the battle is lost and the defense is depleted. At this point, pathology has already become an integral part of the body. For several sessions to restore all that was destroyed for years, it is simply impossible. The problem can not be ripped from the root. It takes considerable time to localize the symptoms, give the body the opportunity to begin a gradual return to a healthy state, restore energy resources. Homeopathy generally says bluntly that you need to treat the disease as long as it lasts. In any case, do not wait for miracles from physiotherapy. Some techniques can quickly relieve pain and swelling, inflammation, but when it comes to chronic processes, they require a long treatment. Usually, for positive shifts dozens of procedures will be required, so it is worthwhile to be patient in this struggle for one’s health.


Even a physiotherapy device, bought from the hands, will help.

Eloquent distributors are ready to promise anything, anything, so that the buyer purchases the goods. Attracts in it the price and the opportunity to begin to improve their health at home, without running around the doctors.True, the product obtained in this way is often unreliable and quickly breaks down. And the therapeutic effect of it is extremely doubtful. It is better to add a small amount and purchase a quality device in the store, certified and with a guarantee. In this situation, obtrusive advertising only hinders to make an objective decision. You can brightly and colorfully promise a lot, the technology of sales has already been worked out. But with real benefits may not work out. Really effective and serious developments are patented, devices based on them are produced by respectable manufacturers. Same such devices are officially sold through open channels, and not by peddlers on the street. Their product, most likely, the usual Chinese consumer goods, which has nothing to do with medicine.

If physiotherapy once did not help, then it’s no longer worth trying.

Sometimes it really happens that the methods of physiotherapy do not give an effect. That reason can be different. The patient himself may be immune to some of the types of electromagnetic fields that were affected. Perhaps the parameters of the effect were incorrectly chosen, or the disease was too severe. But this negative one-off experience does not mean anything in terms of a long-term strategy. The patient himself must understand that he must try different methods of physiotherapy in case of different diseases. Even prolonged pathologies can sometimes unexpectedly succumb to treatment. In matters of treatment, it is worth dropping amateurism and trusting the doctor.

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