So… you’ve fallen off your physical therapy treatment plan

*Please be advised that the opinions of this blog are solely the opinions of the author and should not constitute as medical advise. Please seek a trusted health professional with any health related matters that you may have*

 

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

 

You’re in pain, you have an injury, a flare, whatever it is, you go to your physical therapist for treatment. You’re diligent for the treatment plan that they have you on, you do the exercises they give you, you feel better and then… you go back to your life.

 

A couple weeks or months later, you have another flare, you’re scared, you’re in pain, you don’t know what you can do and you’re scared to try because you don’t want to make it worse. You go back to your therapist and they ask you the dreaded question…

 

“Have you been keeping up with your exercises?”

 

You’re exercising, sure, sporadically or consistently but the exercises you got by your health care professional fall to the wayside. What are you supposed to do??

 

I’m going to tell you what has worked for my patients in the past. By the time they get to me, this has already been an ongoing problem FOR YEARS!!

 

The first thing I say is “Hi, my names Jaime and I’m going to be your Kinesiologist. We’re going to get you moving so that we can give you direction on safe ways for you to move, progress and get strong here and at home. We’re going to look at what you can and can’t do, do our best to strength what we can and ideally aim to prove solutions for the ways you can’t right now.”

 

At this point, they have seen other therapists and they know what’s going on in theory, but what do you do day by day, per week and per month to make sure you’re staying healthy and strong AND can recover from injury more efficiently.

 

A couple options here:

 

Create habits out of your rehab exercises 

Rehab exercises are intended to address your areas of concerns in a safe way for you to do at home. They can also become your maintenance plan if implemented correctly. If you feel safe and comfortable, try to integrate what feels good to do for even just 5 minutes a day. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference that can make!

Balance your exercise routine 

What patients have found effective before is aiming to get a little bit of different movements into their week. One day, spend 15 minutes on strength, another day spend 15 minutes on balance, another day spend 5-10 minutes on shoulder strengthening exercises. This way, you’ll be exploring how your body feels in a bunch of different ways, you’ll strengthen the areas that keep getting neglected and you may be able to see warning sign sooner so you can get help faster before it becomes an ongoing issue.

If you want to cut out the guess work, seek out your trusty Kinesiologist 

A Kinesiologist can assess how your body moves, identify sticky movement patterns and provide you with exercise solutions for how your body feels. You can learn how to move safely, specifically for your body and take away exercise programs that you can continue to repeat on your own.  A Kinesiologist can also be the support system you’re missing to really start to see the changes you want and need in your health journey. Treatment can vary from practitioner to practitioner, so be sure to connect with some and find one that resonates with you, your goals and your journey.

 

Feel free to post in the comments what pain or exercise challenges you’ve had or what has worked for you in your journey. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please reach out and let me know how we can help you exercise for the health of it.

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