Tuesday, January 12, 2010

POOF!! Your lower back injury is healed..

The Canadian Physiotherapy has responded to outrageous and uninformed claims by two top newspapers in North America. This is a regulated health profession that uses evidence-based research to guide their practise - as ALL health professions. Equating physiotherapy with "voodoo" and essentially belittling the profession.

'The articles, titled "Some physical therapy may be a stretch" and "Treat me, but no tricks please" suggest that ice, heat, ultrasound and other modalities are "voodoo" treatments. CPA wants Canadians to know that there is scientific evidence for the use of these modalities as part of a comprehensive treatment plan which would also include education, exercise, and manual therapy as prescribed by physiotherapists.'
-CNW Group

This is quite unfortunate as I suffer with chronic lower back pain from a car accident mixed in with occupation-related hazards (note: one of the challenges with nursing is caring for patients with mobility issues). I treat this problem with chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, yoga and exercise together. All of these therapies combined are extremely important for my recovery and overall wellness. I do admit that I will use analgesics (pain relief medications) such as ibuprofen (aka Advil) or acetaminophen (aka Tyelenol) only with onset of acute pain.

For more information on this profession visit www.physiotherapy.ca

Thoughts about physiotherapy? Complementary therapy?

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