Debunking Myths: The Truth About Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is often misunderstood as a passive process that only helps relieve pain. However, there’s so much more to it than that! We’re dedicated to educating people about what physical therapy is really all about, and what is can do for you. Physical therapy is a valuable tool for reducing pain, improving function, and enhancing your quality of life.

Myth #1: Physical therapy is only for those who have suffered an injury.

While physical therapy is certainly beneficial for those who have sustained an injury, it can also help individuals who are dealing with chronic pain, movement difficulties, or other conditions that impact their physical function. Whether you’re an athlete looking to improve your performance or someone who simply wants to feel better, physical therapy can help.

Myth #2: Physical therapy is passive and boring.

One of the biggest misconceptions about physical therapy is that it’s a passive process that simply involves lying on a table while a therapist applies heat or ice. However, the reality is that physical therapy involves active participation by the patient. Our therapists work closely with each patient to develop an individualized treatment plan that includes a variety of exercises and activities designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and overall function.

Myth #3: Physical therapy is painful.

While physical therapy can sometimes be uncomfortable, it should never be unbearable or cause excessive pain. We prioritize patient comfort and always take care to adjust our treatments to meet the needs and comfort levels of each individual patient. Our goal is to help you feel better, not to worsen your pain.

Myth #4: Physical therapy is only for older adults.

Physical therapy is not just for older adults! In fact, it can be beneficial for people of all ages, from children to older adults. Whether you’re an athlete looking to reduce risk of injuries or someone who simply wants to maintain good physical health, physical therapy can help you reach your goals.

At Rise Physical Therapy, we’re committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care and the best possible outcomes. Our team of expert therapists are here to help you achieve your goals and get back to the activities you love. If you’re looking to reduce pain, improve function, and enhance your quality of life, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation!


Written by: Dr. Kyler Offenbacker, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Fayetteville, AR