The process of physically recovering from a surgery, injury, or long-term illness can be arduous and challenging. Most aspects of a recovery are not fun, but they are essential if you want to get back to where your were physically before you were rehabbing an injury. One of the essential components of recovering from surgery, injury, or illness is physical therapy. There is a good chance that your doctor will prescribe it, so make the most of it with the following tips:
Have a Good Attitude
Most people don't consider physical therapy fun, and when you're in a recovery period you may not be motivated to give physical therapy your all. But the attitude and mindset that you bring to physical therapy may help you progress, so it is a good idea to go into you therapy sessions with a good frame of mind. When you focus on meeting goals instead of being unhappy that you have to spend time in physical therapy, there is a good chance that you may see results faster.
Show Up for Every Session
When it comes to physical therapy, you have to trust your doctor. Depending on your unique situation, your physical therapy sessions will be scheduled according to how much rehab your physician feels that you need to take care of the body part effected by your surgery, illness, or injury. It is in your best interest to attend every session that is recommended; skipping sessions will only delay your recovery, and prevent you from getting back to your normal life.
Extend Physical Therapy Beyond Your Sessions
In many cases, physical therapists will instruct clients to do specific exercises at home to help speed up recovery, and build upon the efforts made in physical therapy sessions. Don't ignore your therapist—take it upon yourself to do at-home exercises exactly as prescribed. Failure to do so can set back the progress you make during sessions, requiring more physical therapy than you expected to feel normal again.
Don't Push Yourself Too Hard
As you move through physical therapy and get closer to recovery, it is easy to feel like that you are back to normal. But don't exert yourself physically until you get the okay from your doctor and physical therapist. Putting too much stress on the area that you are rehabbing can cause further injury, or an extended time in physical therapy. Take it easy, and make sure that you are cleared for physical activities before partaking in them.
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