Post treatment - what next?
What can I expect post treatment?
Treatment often involves techniques based on physical movement of the body e.g. soft tissue, joint mobilisations amongst other techniques to help restore function to the damaged area(s) which is why you have received treatment.
Occasionally in some cases as a result from the examination and treatment you may experience some pain/soreness or increase in your initial symptoms and you may also feel tired. This is completely normal reaction which indicates you have received treatment and that your body is beginning to heal.
Each and every one of us heal differently but if you do experience a reaction often it is within the first 24 hours and lasts no longer than a few days post treatment. For this very reason we highly recommend that all patients stop activities that are not vital e.g. gardening, DIY, intense housework including sports activities to allow the body time to recover and heal.
Throughout this period if you have been prescribed medication by your G.P. you are strongly advised to continue unless you have been clearly advised not to do so. You may also be comfortable taking your usual pain relief medication to help with the soreness especially if you have been prescribed any. If in doubt always consult your G.P. for advice or pharmacist.
Depending on condition treated usually an ICE pack may help with relief. If you are using an ICE pack it is recommended that you use a thin damp cloth as an interface to cover the skin before applying the ICE pack to the area. Apply the ICE pack to the area for approximately 15 - 20 minutes at a time which can then be repeated 2 - 5 times per day or as comfortable. It is often a good idea if in any doubt not to apply heat during this period (depending on condition) as this may often increase the inflammation process to the damaged area often making your condition worse despite giving you temporary relief.
If you still feel that you are experiencing a severe reaction or lasts longer than a few days post treatment please don't hesitate to contact us for more advice.
As you progress with your treatment and rehabilitation plan over the following days or weeks depending on condition being treated, you should begin to feel better. This does not always imply that your condition has gone away completely it often indicates that the area being treated is recovering and is less painful. In some cases you may experience being pain free within 10 days but may take at least 4 - 6 weeks to actually recover completely depending on your condition. It is very important during this period not to aggravate the healing process and condition being treated by over-doing activities e.g. DIY or training. We will offer you advice when normal activities can be resumed following injury however please don't hesitate to ask if you have any concerns or questions.
Treatments and home exercise prescriptions are tailored made for each individual needs. Tissues recover from injury in a reasonable predictable way and treatments are designed around this process to facilitate the body's natural healing recovery times. Therefore it is important to keep to appointment schedules as recommended to gain maximum benefits. You will not be asked to attend more sessions than required.
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