Good morning everyone, hope you are all feeling as well as you can today!

So I have my first physiotherapy session tomorrow and I just wondered how well or not well it has worked for people? I am very sensitive to touch at times some days more than others so I worry that I wouldn't be able to handle a session of somebody pressing all over my back.

Any experiences would be brilliant advice for me x

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  • Yes that sounds just like me- I cannot stand anyone touching my muscles down my back, I have hydrotherapy weekly and my physio has given me exercise to make my back muscles stronger, take on board whatever they offer and give it a try for about 6 weeks to see if you get results,

  • The current waiting list in my area for hydrotherapy is 2-3 months 😫 Have you done normal physiotherapy how did you find that if so x

  • I did it via occupational therapist at the local hospital and I was very lucky that because I worked in central Manchester at a large teaching hospital I was supported by O. Health and fast tracked to a specialist physio there too. So I had the best of 2 centres looking after me, I am not very impressed most of the time with my local hospital but its all down to funding, experienced staff and like you say waiting lists. In between hydro session my daughter goes with me to local swimming pool, she swims and I sit in the warm Jacuzzi bubbles, I find it quite relaxing.

  • I'm in Liverpool so I'm not far from you! I have yet to be referred for hydro because this physio would like to assess me first I think so hopefully they can give me something useful my local hospital isn't great either but my GP is fantastic!

  • You can get referred somewhere else it is your right if current hospital has not got facilities, I went to Hydro at Manch Royal when I worked there during my shift, and one evening to a self help group (which I pay £5 a session for) at my local hospital, being with 2 trusts gave me access to Occ. therapy, acupuncture, hydro and 2 Rheumatologists. not anymore since I retired but the door to the Rheumatologist at Manch Royal is still open!

  • Hi HanLea I suggest you tell your physio that you suffer sensitivity, and ask to please have a gentle touch.

    He/she could show you what she wants you to do without holding or pressing on your limbs. Physio clinics have models of joints and spine which if they show you the movements they want you to do, you may find helpful to copy the exercises.

    Also take your pain meds about an hour before your appointment.

    Hope it goes well for you.


  • Myofascial release is meant to be good.

    I use pilates and it really shows where the cracks are :D

    Good luck with your appointment.

  • Never heard of Myofascial before xx

  • It's supposed to help with the trigger points x.

  • Hi HanLea

    I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today?

    I underwent physio about 3 1/2 years ago, and it was a very gentle physio whereby I use it to keep my joints subtle and my muscles toned. I still do it at home on my bed every day without any problems. The routine takes me about 20 minutes a day.

    I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Thankyou x

  • x :)

  • HI

    How did you get referal to physio please, I am very immobile and have some pretty severe muscle wasting especially in my thighs and buttocks,

    Trouble is that I've fairly recently developed a serious lung condition which is very rare andtreatment is unpleasant, it's sort of taken over.

    Asked the respiratory nurse yesterday and she told me to look on you tube at armchair exercise, but it's not really her subject other than breathing stuff.

  • Hi :-)

    I have a fantastic GP and they gave me a self referral letter about 2 weeks ago and they called yesterday to say they had a cancellation for today! Ask your gp if physio is an option xx

  • Right Oh, thanks for that Hanlea, my GP is pretty good so I'll ask her.

  • Where abouts is your pain can I ask? I have pain pretty much all over my back in my bum and sometimes in my thighs and when I told my GP about my back she said lets see if physio gives you some relief xx

  • Sorry this is so late, been busy today and am v. Slow so takes a while to do anything.

    Pain is in the common fibro places, buttocks thighs arms , wrists etc but have OA in hips,and ankles, and MCTD has caused dessication of joint linings and discs in lower spine, also peripheral neuropathy in lower legs and creeping into hands and fingers, shall I give up now!!!

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