5 Tips to Maximize Benefits of Physical Therapy
Many people assume that Physical Therapy is an appointment, a room where get treatment, and it’s over when you walk out the door. However, that is when Physical Therapy really starts.
Your Physical Therapist will give you exercises to do at home that will maintain and build on work done during your session. These exercises are a crucial part of your journey towards full recovery from injury or chronic pain.
If you sometimes feel its difficult to incorporate the doctor’s instructions into your everyday life, refer to these five points to keep you motivated and ensure you recover as quickly as possible.
1. Create a schedule.
Your exercises should be treated as a priority. It is important to make exercise and activity part of your daily schedule.
Make exercise a scheduled activity similar to how you would schedule and show up to a business meeting.
2. Set aside space.
Dedicate a space in your home specifically for your exercise. This can be as simple as keeping a yoga mat, exercise ball and other equipment ready and visible in the corner of your living room.
If the equipment is visible and easily accessible, it will remind you of your scheduled exercises and make this time more enjoyable. Remember, recovery means incorporating physical therapy into your lifestyle.
3. Take your exercises seriously.
Each exercise should be done exactly as prescribed, just as you would follow medication instructions. They very similar and should be treated like a regimented activity. Consistency is key!
If your physical therapist advises that you perform exercises once per day, then do them once a day. If you are told to do them 3x per day, then do exactly that.
Typically, more frequent exercises are prescribed when there is a strict timeline for you to regain mobility, so it is important to follow instructions exactly.
4. Have exercises you can do anywhere.
Some exercises can be built into your day in order to accommodate a busy schedule.
This includes balancing when you brush your teeth, stretching when sitting at your desk, taking the stairs, and even parking further from grocery store so you have to walk.
These small actions will speed up your recovery time!
5. The work doesn’t stop when the pain goes away.
Your physical therapist will most likely give you an appropriate regimen to continue after you no longer attend sessions. They should be able to adjust an exercise regime according to your particular health problems.
Establish goals that you should reach 3 months, 6 months and a year into the future.
Many patients continue to see a Physical Therapist less frequently after the initial treatment as a form of maintenance and pain management. This will help keep you motivated, healthy, and prevent injury.
Not sure if Physical Therapy is right for you? Sign up for a free consultation with Dr. Jessica Wiley at iAM Physical Therapy, or call 858-224-3387