When you need physiotherapy treatment to get you out of pain and fully mobile again, you want more than the best physio in Auckland. You actually want the physio that is best for you. While things like experience, qualifications, skills and equipment are all vitally important in any Auckland physio practice, we believe that the personal connection between patient and therapist is what really counts.
Physiotherapy treatment is often an ongoing process over a period of weeks and months. It involves doing a lot of exercise work unsupervised and at home, although this programme will always be devised by your therapist. And while your physiotherapist will monitor your progress during your regular sessions at the practice, it’s what you do on your own that is just as important. This is why it’s vital that you build a good relationship with your physio. You’ll develop a high degree of trust in them, and appreciate that what they’ve advised you to do is the right thing. This will inspire you to stay on track with your at-home exercise programme.
A strong relationship with your physiotherapist means you’ll also benefit from open and honest communication. Your physio can be frank with you at all times, and encourage and motivate you to stick to your recovery programme when you’re just not “feeling it”. There might be times when you can do certain things better, and when you enjoy a good rapport with your physio, they’ll be able to tell you this. On the other hand, you too can openly voice your concerns and opinions, safe in the knowledge that you will be listened to and respected. This is very important in any relationship between a patient and a health professional, but especially with physiotherapy given the length of the treatment, and your desire to get back to doing what you love.
While it is good for Auckland physiotherapy practices to boast all the skills and qualifications in the world, or well-equipped onsite gyms and convenient features like off-street parking and a central location (and yes, we have all of these things), at the end of the day it comes down to people. The relationship you develop is the most important thing, and that is what will help you make a full recovery, and in good time.
So, our advice to you is to be a little fussy when choosing a physiotherapy practice. You have to feel comfortable with the team you’re dealing with because it’s their people skills as well as their professional ones that will deliver the outcome you richly deserve.