Google image ‘physical therapy’. What do you find?
Well, unfortunately, you still find this disappointing picture.
I’m fed up with it. I’m dissatisfied. It is unsuited for our profession. Anyone who reads this blog, or does social media for that point should too.
So why am I upset? I have been blogging for several years now and I can be my bottom dollar that this picture has been #1 on google search for at least that long! This is not physical therapy. Nor is 3 of the top 10 pictures showing patients on a physio ball!
We are more than this. If someone is in pain and thinking of getting relief and searches through google image (which is searched ~100 million times a day), they will not choose physical therapy. It is not appealing. We all know the saying, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. These pictures don’t smell of relief, it reeks of core work and stretching.
Go ahead and google image, massage therapy (or just click here as I did it for you) or even chiropractic (you can just click here too). What do you see? Pictures of pain, pain relief, spines, manual therapy (through pictures of hands). These images can translate into not just a thousand words, but an even simpler phrase, ‘this is who I need to go to when I’m in pain’.
Nothing against the individual or group who has the picture above, I applaud them for staying at #1! However, I challenge all of physical therapy social media to label their images as physical therapy. This is especially of those who treat pain and know that we should be the musculoskeletal specialist to go to when pain arises.
Here is a start. Stay dedicated my friends.