Looking for Advice for Physical Rehabilitation? Haven Healthcare Can Help
If you’re undergoing physical rehabilitation or preparing to start a rehab program, there are a few things you can do to make things easier. Physical rehabilitation is more than just the exercises you do to help your body repair and recover.
The physical therapy team at Haven Healthcare can offer some advice for physical and mental preparation for physical rehabilitation as well as a few things you can do to get the most out of the treatment. Find out more about the full range of physical therapy and rehab services that we can offer you at Haven Physical Therapy.
Don’t Worry About Your Progress
Physical rehabilitation is goal-focused, but reaching those goals is not always the be-all end-all of treatment. Rehabilitation is as much about feeling better as it is about pushing through to the end of the treatment. Focusing too much on the speed of rehabilitation is going to cause undue stress and make the process harder than it needs to be. Any patient undergoing physical therapy or rehab must remember to take the pressure off themselves and take things one step at a time.
Take Things Slowly
Taking things one step at a time means taking things slowly if that’s what’s needed to recover. Rehabilitation is, more often than not, due to an injury or disability. Attempting to rush through a treatment program by pushing too hard too fast, will risk holding back progress. It can also risk making the condition worse by overdoing it. Rehabilitation is often a long road, and patience is a key to recovery.
Learn to Relax
Tension during physical rehabilitation sessions can be another major stumbling block to reaching recovery. In cases where a condition or injury can cause significant pain, it’s no surprise that some patients will fear the intensity of physical therapy. It’s important to remember that a rehab therapist is well aware of the kind of pain a patient is in and what limits it puts on their abilities. Tension and stress will make it harder, but learning to relax and trust the therapist will be a big help.
Take the Easier Exercises with You
Depending on a patient’s physical abilities, it might be a good idea to take some of the lighter, easier exercises home. Being able to perform gentle stretches or light exercises at home with the support of family or caregivers can make recovery or relief come sooner. However, it’s also important not to push the boundaries, especially when at home and not with a professional. Keep these exercises light and simple.
Learn More About Your Condition
For any patient in need of physical rehabilitation, whatever the reason, it can be a good idea to learn about your condition and associated physical treatments. While this by no means will make you an expert, it makes working with a physical therapist more involved, and potentially more effective. It also removes the mystery from many medical conditions, making it much less intimidating.
Start Your Physical Rehabilitation
If you’re looking for personal, compassionate, and understanding physical rehabilitation treatment, contact Haven Physical Therapy. Talk to our team today and start your physical therapy journey to better health and well-being.