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A lot is said about physiotherapy in popular science literature, in the press, on radio and television. And doctors observe this at receptions of citizens who, even after undergoing treatment courses, do not know anything about the means, what results they give, what side effects may be.
People prefer to listen not to doctors, but to friends and relatives who are judged by physiotherapy on the basis of newspaper articles, snatches of conversations, statements of non-specialists. That is why the most common myths about physiotherapy should be debunked.
Physiotherapy is a secondary treatment that can be dispensed with. You can often hear that it is much more important to use drugs. Meanwhile, physiotherapy allows you to undergo treatment 1.5-2 times faster, prevent the progress of chronic diseases, and reduce the frequency of relapses. And recovery in this case is more complete than when using drugs. Thanks to the methods of physiotherapy, the protective and compensatory forces of the body, natural procedures for recovery and self-healing are stimulated. Treatment should be comprehensive, including the use of physical means. This will help remove toxins and toxins, improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to tissues, and renew cells. And the work of the nervous system, as well as the activity of the glands, will improve. And at the end of the acute period of the disease, physiotherapy generally becomes the main means of medical care. It not only goes well with taking medications, but also enhances their effect. This can reduce the dose of medications you take and also reduce the likelihood of side effects.
Physiotherapy is the best way of treatment, it can completely replace medications. This myth is at the other extreme. Synthetic drugs are really alien to humans by nature, clogging up the body and leading to a host of side effects. But in the acute period of the disease, you cannot do without them. But most often, from a long list of prescribed drugs, only two or three are really needed, and the rest can be easily replaced with physiotherapeutic agents. So, for the treatment of an acute infectious disease, antibiotics and antipyretic drugs are prescribed, sciatica with painful symptoms can be defeated with anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, and allergies are forced to take antihistamines. And in the process of treatment, you can gradually begin to use physiotherapy. As health improves, the focus should be shifted from medication to non-medication, giving up medication.
All physiotherapy is warming up and therefore potentially dangerous. The heat effect is not accompanied by all types of physiotherapy. And there is no reliably confirmed information about the harm it causes. The situation is similar 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 turns out to be ineffective, then the doctor will not prescribe it. And initially to give in to any physiotherapy is not to give yourself a chance to fully heal. If there are any concerns about the chosen methods of recovery, then it is worth sharing them with your doctor. He will certainly find the best solution.
The course of physiotherapy should be as short as possible. This myth was born thanks to the previous one. And it has as much in common with reality. The onset of the disease, its development and attenuation is a cyclical process that follows its own rules. No disease itself can go away in three days. Even a decrease in temperature, a decrease in pain, a decrease in edema will not say that everything is already good. It's just that the body was able to defeat some of the symptoms, compensating for them with a strong release of biologically active substances. But at the level of cells and organs, pathologies will persist for a long time. The body has to go through a long recovery process, it is necessary to eliminate edema and inflammation, remove decay products, toxins, accumulate energy, restore surviving cells and grow new ones as soon as possible, normalize immunity, nerves and endocrine system, restore the normal composition of blood and lymph. And even if the visible symptoms have already passed, a person, having given all his strength to fight the disease, becomes defenseless against new diseases, like a child. If you do not recover, the body will not be able to fully recover and normalize its protective functions. That is why a modern person has so many chronic diseases, we are constantly being disrupted by important matters, although the body needs another two or three weeks to fully compensate for the damage caused. In this situation, any methods that help speed up the recovery process are a great success. And what can compare with physiotherapy in this regard? You should not be guided only by your own well-being when deciding the number of procedures. Here you have to trust the doctor and his informed recommendations. It may well be that after one physiotherapy course, he will prescribe another, which will only benefit the patient.
For a speedy recovery, several physiotherapy procedures must be taken simultaneously. In this case, quantity does not flow into quality. Each physiotherapy has its own special mechanism of action. The methods can complement each other, enhancing the effect on the body, but in the same way it is impossible to combine some procedures for some reason. It must be understood that physiology implies the effect on the whole organism at once. At the same time, he responds with a compensatory-adaptive reaction characteristic only of a certain type of therapy. Exposure to another type of procedure can only knock down such fine tuning that it only hurts. In addition, in the acute period of the disease, all systems of the body are already in a state of tension. Exposure to them at once by several procedures can lead to exacerbation. And the organisms of all people are different. Some people can swallow a lot of drugs without any particular problems, withstanding two or three physiotherapy procedures and a sauna. But the health of most of our compatriots is still not so strong. So it is better to think several times about how and what to be treated in order not to harm this. And in this matter, it is also better to listen to a doctor who will prescribe the course that will be safe for the body.
Physiotherapy is universal for everyone. Some patients ask to appoint them the procedures that helped their friends. They talk about miraculous techniques in transport, in queues. Conventional ultrasound or electrophoresis seems outdated and simple to help. People talk to acquaintances with similar symptoms and try to be treated the same way. In clinics, they require the use of "modern" laser or electric massage. But who said that two people have the same diagnosis? Lower back pain is not necessarily osteochondrosis. And at different stages of the disease, completely different physiotherapeutic agents can be used. For some, the process is sluggish, and in the case of the acute phase, other measures are needed. And most importantly, each person reacts individually to physiological influences. For some, treatment with magnetic fields is well suited, for others - infrared waves, for others - thermal radiation. The beauty of physiology is that, based on the individual characteristics of the body, you can choose a treatment for any person. But a doctor should do this, not a knowledgeable acquaintance.
What once helped will save the next time. This question is not easy. On the one hand, if a person responds well to a type of therapy, then it is likely that it will have an effect if it is repeated. But how strong will the effect be, and will it really manifest itself? Our body is a complex system that is constantly changing, including due to diseases. Take simple sciatica. The first time it can be triggered by hypothermia, and the next - already lifting weights. And depending on the reasons, it is worth choosing a type of treatment. Depending on whether the pressure is jumping or it is consistently high, it is worth choosing physiotherapy. And if once it was possible to defeat thrombophlebitis with the help of magnetotherapy, then such a procedure may not be able to remove an exacerbation of a peptic ulcer, it is not worth demanding this treatment from a doctor.
The procedures must certainly be accompanied by some kind of impressions, otherwise they are weak. Often, patients ask to appoint them some kind of strong procedure, especially men sinned with this. We are talking about such a method of treatment that will give the maximum experience. The logic here is simple - the stronger the feeling 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 reason. And only personal experience debunks this myth. After several magnetotherapy procedures, edema, numbness, and pain that lasted for months suddenly disappear. After that, it's hard to remain skeptical about a procedure that you don't feel. The effectiveness of the treatment does not depend on the physical sensation. And sometimes the procedures that you don't even feel are even more useful. Thus, electromagnetic nonthermal waves act so deeply and complexly on structural complexes that it is difficult to underestimate the importance of such a procedure. But it is not at all a test of willpower. A person who is really worried about the state of his health and who wants to improve it qualitatively will rely not on his personal feelings, but on the doctor's recommendations. True, doctors sometimes go to meet those who want to relieve pain quickly using "powerful" means. In this case, you can see a quick result, but soon you will have to go back to the doctors.
Once in the physiotherapy department, you must try to cure all existing diseases. Each disease is a complex process during which pathological changes collide with the body's response. And in each case, specific methods and a specific physiotherapeutic agent are suitable. However, if different diseases have approximately similar causes and mechanisms of development, or they are different symptoms of the same pathology, then we can still talk about a universal treatment. Physiotherapists deal with the disease whose symptoms are most severe. And they begin to treat him with all available means. If a patient with problem joints suddenly starts asking for treatment for his bronchitis, then the doctor will be at a dead end. An organism is not a machine that can change several parts at once during a technical inspection. In this case, careful handling is necessary, you will have to work with what is really important at the moment. The use of several types of influences on different areas at once due to various diseases is fraught with an overload of protective systems, which is definitely unsafe. So it is reasonable to treat concomitant diseases after the transition of the main one to the stage of remission or after complete recovery.
You can be treated with household physiotherapy devices without consulting a doctor. Self-medication is dangerous in itself, and when there is no accurate diagnosis, even more so. The doctor can find out what exactly will have to be dealt with on the basis of an examination. Without it, physiotherapy is generally contraindicated, including at home. Devices begin to be used when acute pain interferes with life. But it can be a symptom of various diseases, not all of them are treated with physiotherapy. Reckless use of household appliances is fraught with complications. People put devices on sore spots, quickly coming up with a diagnosis. In any case, the effect of professional technology is much higher than that of home "massagers". Such devices are characterized by maximum safety and ease of use. But this imposes restrictions on the capabilities of home appliances. Professional devices are much more powerful, have a wider range of effects, which has an increased therapeutic effect. Household devices can be advised to use only at the recovery stage, with a slight exacerbation, for prevention. If the disease is difficult, then you should seek professional help. The disadvantage of home treatment lies in the patient's indiscipline. It all starts with enthusiasm, but with a decrease in symptoms, the procedures are abandoned, there is no talk of completing the full course. Many of our people, especially of retirement age, have several physical therapy devices in their closets, bought by chance. Often, at the same time, no one got acquainted with the instructions in detail, did not go into recommendations. In case of problems, the patient begins to use the device on a whim, and not according to the rules. As a result, money is wasted, and there is no particular effect of such "treatment".
Intolerance to any one physiotherapy procedure guarantees side effects from the rest. It happens that the patient's body does not tolerate some kind of treatment. For example, an electric shock can be irritating, leading to dizziness, rashes at the site where the pads are applied. But what does the rest of the methods have to do with it? Intolerance to the procedure is a normal phenomenon, because not all food products have a positive and equal effect on us. The body reacts individually and one should only be grateful for that. With his sharp behavior, he shows that in this case, the treatment will not benefit, but only harm. True, it happens that the same technique, applied in a different dosage to another part of the body, is transferred differently and has a beneficial effect. Physiotherapy should be replaced with one another by a doctor, who should be consulted if side effects are observed. He will help to adjust the course based on contraindications. And there has not yet been such a patient to whom absolutely all procedures would be suitable.
The procedures should begin to help literally from the second or third time. People usually go to the doctor at the most critical moment, having collected a whole bunch of diseases. It seems to us that doctors are magicians who will help you quickly get rid of all problems. That is why magicians, psychics, healers are so popular. They promise to heal quickly with a wave of 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, during which time the body stubbornly fights the disease, trying to either defeat it or adapt to it. At the stage of clinical manifestation, it becomes clear that the battle is lost and the defense is exhausted. At this point, pathology has already become an integral part of the body.It is simply impossible to restore everything that has been destroyed over the years in several sessions. The problem cannot be rooted out. It takes a long time to localize the symptoms, to give the body the opportunity to begin a gradual return to a healthy state, and to restore energy resources. Homeopathy generally says directly that you need to treat the disease as long as it lasts. In any case, you shouldn't expect miracles from physical therapy. Some techniques are able to quickly relieve pain and swelling, inflammation, but when it comes to chronic processes, they require a long treatment. Usually, for positive changes, dozens of procedures are required, so it is necessary to be patient in this struggle for your health.
Even a physiotherapy device bought from hands will help. Eloquent distributors are ready to promise whatever they want to get the buyer to buy the product. Attracted by the price and the opportunity to start improving your health at home, without running around to doctors. True, the products purchased in this way are most often unreliable and break down quickly. And the therapeutic effect of it is extremely doubtful. It is better to add a small amount and buy a quality device in the store, certified and with a guarantee. In this situation, obsessive advertising only interferes with making an objective decision. You can promise a lot brightly and colorfully, the sales technology has already been worked out. But with real benefits it may not work out. Really effective and serious developments are patented, devices based on them are produced by reputable manufacturers. Such devices are sold officially through open channels, and not by peddlers on the street. Their goods are most likely ordinary Chinese consumer goods, which have nothing to do with medicine.
If physical therapy once did not help, then you should not try anymore. Sometimes it really happens that physiotherapy methods do not give an effect. There may be different reasons for this. The patient himself may turn out to be immune to certain types of those electromagnetic fields with which he was exposed. It is possible that the parameters of exposure were chosen incorrectly, or the disease was too severe. But this negative one-time experience means nothing in terms of a long-term strategy. The patient himself must understand that he needs to try different methods of physiotherapy in case of different diseases. Even long-term pathologies can sometimes unexpectedly respond to treatment. In matters of treatment, it is worth discarding amateurism and trusting the doctor.