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Next Steps: Life After Physical Therapy

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As an incentive to get through physical therapy, imagine what your life will be like when you don’t need physical therapy anymore. You should think about what you need to do to reach your goal of having a daily life without physical therapy. I would follow what you were told by the physical therapist and Reply: What can I do not to mess up the process of recovery? Find a way to improve the exercises or the time you have in a day.

You Can Finish Your Journey As Long As It Takes

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Motivation

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Look around you for an object, quotation, pet, or person you admire and think about them to get yourself through the pain or the tasks.

Something That Pushes Your Motivation

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Recovery

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You can improve your recovery process if you plan ahead with your daily routines. Eat and rest properly to make sure you keep your strength up and try to gradually increase the challenge level of your exercises.

Moving Forward And Looking Into The Future

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Prevention

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The tip today is fall prevention. The way to avoid falls is to improve your balance with a series of exercises that let you build slowly. If you improve your balance you will be less likely to fall or trip when you stand or walk. Practice caution and balance to avoid falls.

Trying to improve your falling prevention

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Benefits

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Don't confuse yourself with a complicated plan

When you do physical therapy to solve your issues, you can avoid surgery to solve your issues. Try every solution possible to avoid surgery. Just because surgery takes less time than physical therapy doesn’t mean it is a better course of action. It is better to work with qualified therapists to gradually improve your physical abilities or help a damaged side of your body, the way I have been working to improve my left hemisphere.

Don't look for quick solutions

 

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Times

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How long will you need to spend doing physical therapy? That depends on how much you are willing to work and improve to complete your goals. But the ultimate prize is regaining your independence in the world.

Time Planning

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Be a Good Historian

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When you have been through physical therapy, you can become a historian, helping others by sharing with them how the physical therapy went for you. You can tell them if it was successful or unsuccessful, how you dealt with difficult assignments or tasks, and give advice. By doing this, you can pass on knowledge and support to others so they can improve their lives.

Create History

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Focus

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If you focus on the part of the body you’re trying to improve when you’re at your P. T. appointment, you will not get distracted. When you get distracted or get off the topic you might get careless and fail to put in the effort necessary to strengthen your body or abilities.

Focus On The Problem

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Commit to your Appointments

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Physical therapy appointments are carefully designed so that each builds upon the last. And they give you physical therapy homework to do that is crucial so you can go forward to the next step. Commit to your appointments. Do the homework. Never skip any of it! Here are some suggestions on doing the homework

  • Find a purpose
  • Meet your match
  • Be honest
  • Strategize

Keep Track Of Your Time

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Eating Healthy

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No Unhealthy Food

By eating healthy you gain more strength and you can move more efficiently when you are doing activities during the day without getting tired really fast. Be sure to consult your therapist and try to closely watch how many calories you are consuming and/ or burning in a day, to make sure the amounts are appropriate given your activity level, even if you are confined to a couch or a bed.

 

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Putting More Exercise in Your Day

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Putting more exercise in your day may be a challenge depending on your schedule. Try doing desk exercises when you are working. Make your movements small to avoid people noticing.

More Activity In The Day

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Mix it Up

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Start the week with a swim at the pool, take a yoga class during a weekday lunch, lift weights in the evening, and end the week by working in the garden.

Also, you could clean the house, wash the car, or mow the lawn with a push mower. Know that these activities count toward your goal of at least 150 minutes each week.

Change Your Day

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Find Ways to Move

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Create New Ways to Move

There are a lot of ways to move. This improves your ability to workout with others.

  • Dance
  • Stand up to take phone calls.
  • Go for a walk at lunch.
  • Take the stairs. You’ve probably heard this one before but taking the stairs is a great way to add movement to your day and increase your heart rate.
  • Walk to the break room, water cooler or restroom every 90 minutes or so. …
  • If you have the time, use your lunch break to go to the gym.
  • Commute by bike to work.
  • If you’re really busy with work, stretch/exercise at your desk.

If you don’t do enough you might lose some strength in whatever body part you are having physical therapy for.

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Being Active

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Activity Leads To Productivity

Being an active parent can help you because it gives you time to spend with your children and enjoy how your children play with you. Even if you are not a parent, if you are an adult or a child you can always find a way to be active.

  • Go for a walk in the morning or evening instead of sitting in your living room watching TV. If you plan on watching the TV you should jog on a treadmill or download a video on your phone and watch while you ride a stationary bike.
  • Go play games outdoors
  • Go biking
  • Go swimming

Keep your eye on my future posts for further ideas of how you keep your strength up.

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Time to Relax

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Put Time Aside To Let Your Mind Calm Down

You should find moments to relax during the day to make sure you have time to breathe and not overdo exercises that can hurt you. I think a person should have some sort of calendar and put their tasks on it for a day.  Then make sure to mark down some time to rest each day.

Take A Breath And Just Enjoy Your Life!

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Finding a Partner to Get You Inspired

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Work With Teamwork

One tip that I found to be very helpful is finding an accountability partner or a person that can keep you motivated to exercise and keep up with your therapy. This can be critical to getting you through tough times. Having someone that you can call when you need additional support can make all the difference in your healing.

Having someone that has gone through a similar situation can also help. It is important to find someone who can make you laugh or keep you calm during stressful times. This type of person will keep you moving forward. You should avoid people that seem to bring you down or don’t have your best interest at heart. The best type of accountability partner is one who will keep you on track, with whom you can share your goals, and who is willing to encourage you to reach your goals in a timely manner.

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Find a Dedicated Space to do the Work

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Another tip that you might want to consider, and one which I found helpful, is to find a dedicated space to do the work required. First, you have to find a location where you are comfortable to work. By finding this workplace you can relax the best by focusing on what you need to do. Next, you must make sure that you have enough work space to stretch and move about as the therapy requires. If you will be doing your physical therapy with your accountability partner, it is important that you have enough space for both of you to work comfortably. If you don’t have a workplace that helps you, then you are going to have a tough time making gains or completing the goals that you have set for yourself. By having a space in which you feel comfortable, you are also more likely to do the work required.

Peaceful Place

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Don’t Skip

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The next tip, guys, is to not skip any physical therapy appointments. There are a few reasons why you should not skip appointments.

The first reason is the consistency that you need throughout your progress. Frequent, regular sessions will help you achieve your goals faster. By keeping up to date on your exercises you will help strengthen muscles and regain your strength.

The second reason to not skip your appointments is so that you gain the necessary expertise. You might think that, when you have had a few sessions, you have all of the information that you need. However, by attending every session that the physical therapist has requested, you will build on previous knowledge each time you go. The next reason is financial. Sometimes the reason why patients skip sessions is to save money. However, this often leads to slower progress, which ends up costing more in the long run.

The last reason is the recovery process. The reason why your recovery is important is that it helps you obtain your mobility and get back into a regular routine. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions. Your recovery is dependent on your physical therapy and to avoid any problems recurring in the future, it is important to heal completely. This can only be done by attending all of the physical therapy appointments that are required.

Follow The Plan You Have

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Speak Up and Ask Questions

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The next tip I’d like to share is the importance of speaking up and asking questions. Most people might think that aches and/or pains are normal. However, by asking questions, even the smallest annoyance can be quickly cleared up and offset bigger situations. By taking note of aches and pains, you can prevent other problems from arising in the future.

Let People Hear Your Opnions

By asking questions about issues that you don’t understand, you can overcome any difficulties that hamper you from getting stronger and healthier sooner. If you have difficulty asking questions, it can help to write them down on a piece of paper so that you don’t forget any. It can also be helpful to avoid asking rhetorical questions. The best questions to ask are those that are open-ended. These questions lead to a conversation between you and the therapist and will foster a better understanding of your situation. It’s not the bad thing to ask questions if you don’t understand something.

Get More Information By Being Curious

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Set Goals

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You Can Achieve Your Goals

I have had therapy for most of my life and one of the most important tips is that you should set goals for yourself. This is important because by setting goals, you will see how far you have improved and this can be very motivating. Using the word SMART can be helpful for this. 

  • S is for “specific” because good goals are clear and defined. If your goals are too general they will be hard to accomplish.
  • Next, the M is for measurable. You must be able to measure your progress toward your goal so you know when you have reached it.
  • The A is for an action plan. You should set an action plan that tells what you are going to do. 
  • The R is for realistic. You should make sure that your goal is not too hard or too easy.
  • Last, the T is for the time limit. You should think about what you want to accomplish in the next couple of weeks.

This is a good tip to start when working on any physical therapy goals. It will keep you accountable and on track.

You Can Achieve Your Goals

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