Hi, my name is Tom Stone. I graduated as a physiotherapist in 2010. I’ve worked in several settings since then, but mainly in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. I spent three years studying and learning about lots of other fields associated with Rehabilitation too. These included Respiratory, Neurological and Elderly rehabilitation. The Musculoskeletal bit is fairly simple:
· If it’s tight, stretch it
· If its weak, strengthen it
· If it’s stiff, move it
I now work for a non-profit organisation. I particularly enjoy this role as I do not have the financial targets for myself and my company that you might get in private practice. I also do not have the targets that many bigger scale organisations may set. I work hard in doing my job without any biases- just for the satisfaction of helping my patients.
You will soon find out that manual therapy does not lengthen or strengthen your muscles or tissues. Yes, it can help desensitise it and give some short-term relief, but it also opens up a window of opportunity to be able to perform exercises more comfortably and with better technique. The only thing that can lengthen or strengthen muscles is - you guessed it - exercise!
So, you will often not be required to line a manual therapist’s pocket. You may not have to pay to boost a hands-on therapist’s ego. All you will need is the right information, a little bit of space and some privacy (in case you don’t want to look silly!).
Hopefully we can all provide you with an insight into reassuring and empowering you to recover without losing your hard-earned cash - whilst releasing those feel-good hormones and reaping the rewards of other health benefits along the way!