It will Hurt!
You have probably heard the phrases, “Physical Terrorist,” “PT stands for Pain and Torture,” and “no pain, no gain.” However, pain is a sign that something is not quite right and our goal is to decrease your pain, not cause more. Most of our techniques are very gentle and do not hurt. Manual techniques that do cause discomfort can usually be modified and you are encouraged to give feedback and ask questions throughout your entire session so that you are as comfortable as possible.
When a client experiences pain with a movement or exercise, the therapist’s advise should be to either modify that activity or stop it all together. This may look like using less weight for an exercise, not squatting down as far, or stopping an arm raise before you get to the point of pain. That being said, there are a few exceptions to this rule; such as a total knee replacement, in which you do need to “work through it” to some degree. However, these are the exception rather than the rule.
There are times when even the most gentle techniques can cause some pain and discomfort following a treatment session. This can be a normal and appropriate part of the healing process and the pain typically goes away within a few days. It is recommended that you stay well hydrated as your body works to heal itself during this time.