Most children believe that physiotherapy is important. The most common cause of pain is from stretches of the calves and hip adductors. Children say that pain persists after the session and some also report pain the next day. Most children equate the pain with efficiency and perceive pain as something that they endure for their own good. However, a few children find that, despite painful stretches, their range of motion has not improved.
Relationship with physiotherapist
Most children agree that their relationship with their physiotherapist is good, but that this doesn't positively affect their pain. Some children say they have experienced a sense of betrayal sometimes: they felt that the therapist took advantage when they relaxed to “pull harder”. About one third of the children report that their physiotherapist does sometimes not listen to them and continues the exercise regardless of the pain.
Pain coping strategies
Most children report that the physiotherapist uses distraction through chatting to help them to endure the pain. Less frequently used techniques are medication, massage, or music. Children report that they use different techniques to cope with the pain, such as focusing on their breathing, thinking about other things, and talking to the physio. Other children report that they simply endure the pain, try to hide it or start crying.