Physiotherapy is a type of therapy that helps people to restore and improve everything to do with the physical well-being of their muscles – this includes strength, flexibility, movement, and function.
Physiotherapists generally introduce their patients to exercises and movements that they can do not only during their sessions, but also at home, so as to continue the healing and improvement process between sessions.
Physiotherapy is a naturopathic method of medicine, meaning it does not use medication to promote healing, but rather capitalizes on the body’s own natural ability to heal itself by introducing specific exercises and movements.
Here are five physiotherapy health tips and goals for recovering from an injury:
1. Do give yourself goals to achieve
The first step towards achieving goals is to make them. This step can be done on your own – what is it you want to achieve in your physiotherapy? At this point it doesn’t matter what is or isn’t possible, it is about making a goal based on a dream and starting on your journey towards achieving it. It is proven that setting your sights on a goal will help you to achieve better results.
2. Do discuss your goals with your physiotherapist
Once you have made your own personal goals, it is important to share them with your physiotherapist. They will be able to contribute their professional knowledge, and can help make sure you reach your goals in a reasonable time frame. It is important to find a physiotherapist who you mesh well with – if you have a good relationship with each other it will make it easier for you to communicate, and will increase your chances of achieving your goals.
3. Do get involved in making a plan
Work together with your physiotherapist to create a plan on how you will achieve the goals you previously discussed. It is important that you are involved in this process both to make sure you understand how you’re going to get to where you want to be, and to help facilitate your getting there.
It means there will be fewer surprises on your journey to achieving your goals, and it will increase again the probability that you do achieve them and that you achieve them in a reasonable timeline.
4. Do things that will help you achieve your goals
When you aren’t with your physiotherapist, you’ll need to make sure that everything you do is in line with the goals you have set for yourself. If you have been told not to do something by your physiotherapist – don’t do it! If your physiotherapist has assigned “homework” make sure you are doing it to the best of your ability.
If anything doesn’t feel right, or you are finding something very painful or difficult to do, make sure you write it in a log to discuss with your physiotherapist. Don’t get complacent or lazy with your therapy – this is the one way you can guarantee you will not get where you want to be.
5. Do keep a positive attitude
Depending on the reason why you are attending physiotherapy in the first place, it may be a long journey before you reach the place you want to be. It may be slow at times, and sometimes it may feel like you aren’t getting anywhere at all. Maintain a positive attitude. Your attitude is one of the things that will keep you going through what may otherwise be a very difficult and trying time.
Try to find positive and healthy exercises to keep your mental health in the right place. In the end, this too will play a very big role in how well and how quickly you are able to achieve your goals.