Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Physiotherapy myths

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy, is a field which is very well known to many people, known to some and yet a mystery and unknown to most. As a physiotherapist myself, I come across several misconceptions that people have in their minds about physiotherapy and certain myths which are totally untrue.

I have already written a post on what physiotherapy is here- http://www.manasiwrites.com/2015/03/physiotherapy-way-to-better-life.html

In this post, I list some myths and misconceptions surrounding physiotherapy-

Myth 1- A person needs a referral to see a physiotherapist.
Yes, there are physicians and surgeons who refer a patient for physiotherapy, but that doesn't not mean you always need their referral to get yourself checked by a physiotherapist. A person can visit a physiotherapist directly and get checked by him/her. In case the physiotherapist feels that the condition cannot be cured by physiotherapy, he will redirect the person to the appropriate specialist.

Myth 2- Physiotherapy is just applying electrical machines and modalities.
Physiotherapy is a rehabilitative science and branch of medicine which focuses primarily on exercise to help a patient get better. Electrical modalities or machines are add-ons which provide temporary relief from pain but to get long term results, proper rehabilitative program is essential. Unfortunately, there are many physiotherapists who just strap a patient to a machine and don't provide any other input, hence, this misconception that physiotherapy means machine application has spread quite a bit.

Myth 3- Physiotherapists only treat muscle, ligament or tendon related problem or sports injuries.
Although a large portion of physiotherapy includes muscle, ligament and tendon related injury treatment and sports related injuries, a variety of other conditions is also treated by physiotherapy.
Not only are physiotherapists specialized in diagnosing and treating all musculoskeletal pathologies in any area of the body, some also follow advanced courses in vestibular rehabilitation, mental imagery for chronic pain, pelvic floor rehab for urinary incontinence, etc.
Even in cardiac conditions, neurological conditions, old age problems, child physiotherapy and pre and post pregnancy, physiotherapy plays a vital role.

Myth 4- Physiotherapy is a temporary fix and if you don't see immediate results, physiotherapy does not work.
Physiotherapy is a lasting therapy and the aim is to not just cure a condition but also to prevent a patient from falling prone to an injury again.
A good, authentic and well learned physiotherapist will always know that physiotherapy gives long term benefit and not just a temporary fix.
You do see immediate results in  certain conditions, but in long standing cases like a stroke patient, physiotherapy may take time, but that does not mean it is not working. Just that the progression towards a result may take some time, patience and persistence and follow up from the patient's side.

Myth 5- Surgery is the only option available.
In many cases, physiotherapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions—from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disk disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis.
In fact, physiotherapy is the best form of cure and in most cases is successful in preventing people from undergoing surgery, unless of course, the condition of the patient is beyond the scope of physiotherapy or cannot be cured by it. 

Myth 6- Physiotherapy means massage.
This is the most hilarious and common one. Physiotherapists are NOT masseuses or spa people giving massage.
Techniques called as Mayofascial Release(MFR) or Deep Tissue Release (DTR) are done where in the physiotherapist will release an affected group of muscles or a particular muscle which can be at times really painful and not at all compared to a massage! The physiotherapist has studied and has the anatomical knowledge regarding the position and location of each muscle and treats it accordingly if and when required.

So there you are, here I have listed a few of the myths surrounding physiotherapy. Hope it helps in clearing the misconceptions regarding the profession.

Stay healthy, stay safe!

-Dr. Manasi Joshi
Physiotherapist, Writer, Blogger.

Monday, 21 March 2016


We live in a dual world. We are constantly torn between choices and are forced to take sides, and make decisions, even if we don't want to, consciously or subconsciously. We are torn between the wrong and the right which is projected before us by the outer world and the wrong and the right which we think is true. Confused? Me too!

Here is a short poem on choices.

Between the right and the wrong,
must we choose,
between the true and false, 
between the day and the night

between joy and sorrow
and today and tomorrow

amid laughter and pain
and respect and disdain

in the seam of heaven and hell
and fury and calm
and faith and doubt
must we dwell

 Between the waves 
of hatred and of love
Must we choose...

Between our inner self and 
between the outer one which we project
between our inner angels and demons
sooner or later,
must we choose..

Choices make us
and shape our lives

For it does not matter what we have in us
but who we choose to become....

Friday, 4 March 2016

JNU- A smart power game.

I was contemplating whether I should write a post on the JNU issue or not. My twiddling thumbs and thoughtful mind finally had to pin a short post.

On February 9 2016,  Anti-National slogans were shouted at the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. A campus which is well known and regarded with high esteem by many.

The slogans supported the terrorist Afzal Guru who was the prime convict for the attack on Indian Parliament. Afzal Guru was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail on 9 February 2013. His family was not informed about the execution.

Now India is a democratic country with freedom of speech. One can argue that the students had a right to voice their opinions even if it was in favour of not hanging Afzal Guru. Voicing one's opinion is one thing and shouting anti-national slogans is one thing. The slogans contained destructive words and violent attitude towards India. “Bharat ke tukde honge hazaar” (India will be broken into a thousand pieces) “Bharat ki barbadi tak jung zaari rahegi” (Our fight will continue until India is destroyed) such were the slogans shouted.

Naturally, it will offend any true, nation loving citizen of India (including myself) if they hear such slogans.

The entire nation went into frenzy post this incident. The media houses have been on fire, updating us about Kanhaiya Kumar who is supposedly the one who has been raising anti- national slogans. Then later Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya came in the picture.

Yesterday, Kanhaiya Kumar was released by the government with a warning. He was welcomed like a hero post his release.

The speech he gave for which he had 23 days in jail to think and prepare, is being applauded and appreciated. One carefully thought of speech to save his own neck and twisted and manipulated words and carefully appearing innocent speech makes a hero out of a power hungry individual in this nation! Where are we heading?

Kanhaiya Kumar is not an anti national according to me. He is a power hungry person who loves to have people by his side. Hence he can easily change his opinions from time to time according to his convenience.

He said he wanted freedom in India and not from India. Well, where was he, when the Congress was
corrupting the entire nation? The corrupt can earn black money, in fact they have been doing it for years post Independece and that's ok for Kanhaiya it seems, but when the Government says it will make an effort to bring back black money, it is mocked by Kumar.

I agree that the lawyers who burst with rage at Patiala did not do it right. No lawyer can take the law in his own hands and by being violent they did the wrong thing. They could have raised the voice in a better manner if they wanted to.

These days, anyone who supports the Modi government is termed as a 'Bhakt' and 'Hindu Fanatic' Praising terrorists and showing sympathy for them has become the so called 'it' thing and cool thing to do. Anti government news channels, anti national journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghosh are praised, lauded and supported. Supporting a person who has been charged with sedition is not a right thing to do.

The government rightly took an action to put them behind the bars. I love my country and anyone who speaks of destroying it, insults it in the biggest manner and insults the soldiers who lay their lives in protecting us and keeping us safe. Just because a person is a student from a particular university, should he be pardoned?

The Congress is playing a very smart power game. The JNU issue is just a facade to hide the game they are playing. They are diving the nation into Hindu and Muslim, Brahmin and Dalit, Gandhi and Savarkar and they intend to win back the next election by portraying the Modi government as prejudiced and cruel.

I am afraid that the poison they are trying to instill in the minds of the people of our country is slowly killing the peace, mutual understanding and the love and nationalism for each other and the nation.

The anti Indian forces are trying to divide our country so that they can benefit from it themselves, bank on votes and win elections and continue with the corruption they were earlier.

I am not a Modi 'bhakt' but I feel that he is one of the most deserving Prime Ministers our nation has had. Yes India still has a long way to in terms of many issues but fighting with each other on the basis of caste and religion is not going to do any good or not going to help development of anyone. To make a difference we need to stand together as one and not be divided into groups.

I just hope these power games played by Rahul and Sonia Gandhi and other politicians and journalists with vested selfish interests don't destroy the unity of our country.

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa
No, Kanhaiya Kumar is not  my hero, My hero is Lance Naik Hanumanthappa and thousands of other soldiers like him who are unsung, not famous, yet solidly standing behind us and with us all the time.

We need to wake up before it is too late!!!


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