For some, physical therapy can be a pain in the neck (not to mention other parts of the body as well). OK, OK maybe it’s a bad pun but in some ways it can be problematic. That’s because human beings being human beings we often tend to see the good that is we’re getting from doing what we’re doing.
What happens when that happens? Well for many it’s the time to lose whatever motivation and excitement they may have had earlier and simply wallow in the gloom – feeling that they’re not getting anywhere with it.
Unfortunately, this happens when it comes to physical therapy. In the beginning you are enthusiastic about the program that you will be doing. That’s because it’s still new and you feel that once you finish it then you will be back to normal and be able to do the things that you were able to do before you had the pain.
The thing is, as you go through with it and come from one session to another things start to look a little distant. It’s not really like that but for many it feels that the longer they go the farther away them getting better is. That’s why it is important to stay motivated so you can stick with the therapy and be able to finish it soon.But the question is how do you stay motivated? Well it really depends on you since you’re the one doing the therapy. Ask yourself: what is the reason why you’re doing the therapy? When you find the answer it may be the best motivator you will ever need.
Then there’s the mindset. If you go to a therapy with that gloomy outlook then it will come as no surprise that you won’t feel like you’re doing anything much in the way of progress. Why not look at it from the standpoint of something you do because it is something that you need to do.
How about not being tardy to any of your sessions? Try to always be on time every time. Often, once you get tardy it’s a downhill run to un-motivation as you will ever see. By being on time you get to maintain the mood that you’re there for yourself. It also helps if you wear proper exercise clothing. If you’re not able to move freely then it may add to the gloominess you may already have.
Having a great and helpful therapist helps a lot too. He or she should encourage you and give you feedback on how you are doing so you have an idea of just how far you’ve come. Having one that fits your personality is very helpful since one that clashes with you won’t do you any good.
At the same time a good therapist will also help you track your progress. With his or her help you will know just how big the range of motion you’ve gotten compared to before you started your therapy.
With the interaction you will get from your therapy it will help in you being able to stay motivated and being able to do what needs to be done. Do not keep yourself from talking with your therapist since they can help you with answering whatever anxieties you may have about your progress.
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