Physical therapies: What have you learned?

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Question 1. True or False: Active therapies and passive therapies require the same amount of effort and provide the same benefits for people with persistent pain.

True

False

False: Active therapies need your active participation (high effort), while passive therapies are done to you by a therapist or don’t require movement (low effort). While active therapies require more effort, there is strong evidence that they have long-term benefits for young people with persistent pain, such as improving your physical fitness, sleep, mood, energy level, and overall sense of well-being. In contrast, there is little evidence that passive therapies provide benefit over the long-term for young people with persistent pain. The best way to use passive therapies is for a limited time to help you become more active.

Question 2. True or False: Graded exercise means starting a new activity or exercise slowly and increasing intensity gradually in small steps over time.

True

False

True: When you start a new activity or exercise, it is important to take a ‘graded’ approach so that you do not overdo it. Increasing the intensity and duration of your exercise gradually will help ensure that it truly helps you manage your pain.

Question 3. True or False: If I am using a passive physical therapy, that means I don’t need to engage in active therapies.

True

False

False: Your healthcare team may recommend passive physical therapies as a way to get your body ready for more active therapies. However, it is really important to remember that there is very little evidence that they will work in reducing pain when used alone, without an active component.

Question 4. Match the following activities with whether they are “passive” or “active”.

a) Using a stationary bike

passive

active

b) Getting a massage from a registered therapist

passive

active

c) Lifting some light weights

passive

active

d) Stretching

passive

active

e) Acupuncture

passive

active

f) Treading water in a pool

passive

active

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Last updated: May 2nd 2016