Most of us experience pains and problems with our bodies at times. Despite the discomfort, we usually go on in our usual way, being reluctant to spend hundreds of dollars on a physiotherapist or chiropractor. Sometimes, however, it will cost us less money fixing the problem when it arises than later down the road.
With this in mind, I looked up some of the websites of Norwegian physiotherapists. Being from Norway myself, I thought it’d be quite easy to find someone who would want to be featured in one of my articles.
To my surprise, it actually took a bit of effort. But the good news is that I finally made it. Therefore, I’m happy to share the best lessons from a particularly interesting interview I had this week. It was done with the physiotherapist Stian Nyhus from Salis Fysioklinikk in Kristiansand, a town on the south coast of Norway.
Stian told me that many of his clients have come to him after suffering from back pain or some other problem for quite some time. After they finish their treatment, they can’t believe why they didn’t go to him earlier. They really seem genuinely upset at this.
Stian mentions the example of a woman named Maria, who sent him a lengthy email after she was done with her treatment. He (and she) allowed me to share it with you. I will do so in her own language, to catch her gratitude and elation, before I tell you the meaning in English.
Etter å ha fått hjelp av deg føler jeg meg helt fantastisk!! Ryggen min skriker ikke av smerte når jeg våkner om morgenen noe lenger, og livsgleden min har blitt MYE bedre! Jeg er så glad for behandlingen dere stiller opp med innen fysioterapi Kristiansand, og kommer til å anbefale dere til alle jeg kjenner (så lenge de har problemer, så klart!).
Samtidig føler jeg meg litt dum. Jeg er jo litt over 50 år nå, og har slitt med ryggen siden midten av 30-åra. Hadde jeg bare oppsøkt hjelp tidligere, kunne mange av disse årene med smerter blitt forhindret. Likevel er jeg glad for at jeg endelig tok steget. Det jeg tror var årsaken…” (And so the email continues)
The gist of what Maria says is that although she is disappointed in herself that she didn’t seek professional help earlier, she is happy that she finally took the step. She is also happy with Stian and Salis Fysioklinikk for providing excellent physiotherapy services in Kristiansand.
In addition to sharing this story with me, Stian also shared three of the clearest signs that tell us we need to go to a physiotherapist. Here they are.
1. Back pain when sitting
If you sit a lot at work, you are especially prone to feeling back pain when sitting down. Consequently, when you feel pain, you should become alert and start looking for solutions. At first, you might try switching your position between sitting and standing, taking short breaks with stretches, etc. If this doesn’t help, you probably need to seek physio.
2. Neck pain
Similarly, if your neck hurts, it might be because you sit a lot in front of your computer, slightly bending forward. It might also be because of the third point (below). If you’ve been struggling with neck pain for a long time, it might be best to seek professional help.
3. Shoulders with low mobility
A clear sign that you have lost mobility in your shoulders is when you can’t lift them higher than 90 degrees, or you can’t lift them that high without feeling discomfort. Usually, this is a result of repetitive movements at work (especially for cashiers and workers in the building industry). It’s sometimes possible to gain back some of your mobility if you do the right exercises. It can be hard to know which ones are right. Therefore, our physiotherapist Stian recommends that you schedule a consultation.
Now you know a bit more about the importance of going to a physiotherapist early when you feel pain, and what signs you should look for. A big thanks to Stian for that!
If you found this article useful, I also think you’ll enjoy another one that I wrote: What you can expect at your first visit to the chiropractor.