Whether you require rehabilitation following a sports injury or are looking for new means of chronic pain relief, physical therapy can be a big help. To get the most out of your treatment, there are certain things you should—and should not—do. Here is what it takes for your rehab to be a success.
Expect Some Discomfort To Start
Physical therapy targets the root of your pain by adapting the way you use your body. You will have to engage in exercises that probably don’t feel great as you retrain your movement. Don’t stress—this is normal, and the discomfort will fade as you improve.
Stick to Your At-Home Work
Some of your physical therapy will be done with a professional guiding you. However, they will also assign you exercises to do at home. Don’t skimp on these! They are just as important to your progress as your face-to-face sessions.
The body takes time to change. Do not expect magic results from your physical therapy overnight. Be patient and don’t stress if you are not seeing results as quickly as you would like. Your body is evolving—you just aren’t seeing it yet.
Push Yourself Too Hard
Some people get frustrated because they think their therapy isn’t working fast enough and push themselves harder than they should. As a result, they usually end up hurting themselves and setting back progress.
Forget to Celebrate Progress
Eventually, there will come a day when you will notice a change. It could be something as simple as touching your toes after years of not being able to. Take the time to celebrate this success—it’s an affirmation that your hard work is paying off.
Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Physical therapy is a journey that can take anywhere from a few months to years. For some people, it’s a lifelong endeavor, and there will be days when you get discouraged. Don’t be shy about talking to your physical therapist; they are there to motivate you.
Looking for a therapist who will help you get real results? Put your trust in O'Fallon Pain Relief Associates in Missouri. They are known for the personalized care and encouragement they provide each patient, and their holistic approach encompasses everything from physical therapy to chiropractic care, medication, and injections. Request an appointment online or by calling (636) 978-3000.