Making It Worse


Resting an injury might stop you from making it worse but it also won’t begin the process of recovery.

An injury, long term niggle or a sudden onset of pain can make you fearful about what might be the cause and whether it will ever get better.

When movement hurts as human beings we are brilliant at adapting our lifestyle, movements and habits to avoid discomfort. We are built to avoid pain.

Having a life full of work, family, friends and commitments can quickly put any physical issues on the back burner and finding time to devote to recovery can be difficult.


The Impact Of Worry

Our mind can be a dangerous place when it comes to fearing the worst.

The ability to search ‘Dr Google’ and the overwhelming number of responses makes it difficult to keep perspective.

Often we make one of two choices, to either ignore there is any problem in the hope it will resolve itself, or to assume the worst, panic and stand still in fear, worrying. If you find yourself avoid certain activities at home or in the gym then it’s likely you are worrying about making it worse without knowing what to do to make it better.

Rest Is Not The Answer

Rest is often reported to be the best form of recovery for any injury to the muscles, joints or ligaments, by comparison this suggests that moving or exercising must therefore be bad and might even make it worse.

GP’s all too often just hand out pain relieving medication and advise a period of rest.
The beginning of the recovery process is often exorcising those demons and being given the right advice by the right person.

Our clients appreciate the time taken to clear their thoughts of all the things that could be and start to focus on making a plan to tackle the real problem.

Rest might be appropriate for a short amount of time, if the injury is severe, or there is swelling and the pain is overwhelming but this is not an effective long term strategy for recovery. In reality there is lots you could and should be doing from the very early stages of any injury. Research shows that the earlier you receive physiotherapy, the quicker your recovery is and less issues you have in the long term. We can help clarify for you what you should be doing and what you can be working on without causing yourself further damage or injury.

Movement is medicine. The body must be given the opportunity to practice natural motions. If these movements prove uncomfortable investigating why and what can be done to improve should be sought.


Planning To Recover

Listening to your fears and understanding your lifestyle and your goals is our most important first step in treating you. A positive mindset is a huge asset and the impact of hope, understanding and having a plan in place can not be underestimated.

How We Solve The Problem

We will explain what we find, what we would like you to achieve and how you can achieve it. There will be a full run down of exercises, demonstration videos and guidance at your disposal. Working alongside your physiotherapist to hit your milestones and get you back to living your life without fear of injury.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

How quickly will I see progress?
Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.
How likely is it that I will recover?
Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.
How will I be supported?
Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.


Resulting from a fall while carrying a small table, I damaged my foot and got what is called a dropped arch. I have a very high instep. This injury caused me much pain which seemed to be getting worse and more debilitating. Following advice from friends, I decided to make an appontment to see Steven and what a good decision that was. In the first place, Steven is a really good listener while he assesses the situation. Then he gives the problem much care and attention plus the benefit of his experience. Steven uses the latest equipment to diagnose the problem but he also has a 'hands on' approach to investigate the source of the problem. Thanks to the exercises he advised me to do, my foot is better and pain- free. Thank you Steven.

Jean McPhail 

Get in touch

Click below to book your appointment easily online or arrange your free fit for physio consultation. Take a look at our testimonials to hear from some of our clients who were afraid of making their injury worse until they realised there was a recovery path for them.


If you need a listening ear and are investigating whether physio is the right treatment path for you we are here to help. Book a free 15 minute Fit for Physio appointment so discuss your fears and understand how physio might help you achieve your goals. If we really think we can’t help we will be happy to paint you in the direction of who we think could.


We have lots of blogs and learning resources to allow you to begin to understand your body and how you can make steps to help it recover, not just with exercise but in improving your general wellbeing through nutrition, stress management and the right sleep pattern. Check out our blog where lots of topics are covered.

fit for physio

Staying physically active reduces your chances of suffering from depression, joint and back pain and dementia by at least 25%. Book a free Fit for physio to discuss how we can keep you active and healthy.