After going through my first conversion reaction, my whole body was completely numb. I had to experience physical therapy because of my illness. Sometimes a surgery may bring you to physical therapy. There are some things that you can do to get the most out of your therapy.
The First Evaluation
The first time you go to physical therapy, your therapist will evaluate where you are as far as movement. At this point it is a good idea to explain to the therapist where you were before your illness or surgery. Give him or her an idea about what your life was like prior to meeting each other. This will give your therapist a better chance to make your therapy geared more toward you as an individual. They may know where an average person of your age and built should be at physically, but if you are different then ‘average’ it is good for them to know. If you could know reach your toes or walk a mile, then it would not be a good idea for these to be goals for you to reach. Your therapist and you need to talk about what are reasonable goals for you.
During your visits, your physical therapist will keep in mind your goals from the first evaluation. Some of the exercises that they ask you to do may seem out of the ordinary. However, you must remember that they are trained to look at all of the muscles involved in a movement. Sometimes the most creative exercises work the most muscles. Always talk to your therapist if you have pain, if things are too easy or any other feelings that are different for you while doing their exercises. If you have any questions as to how something is making you stronger feel free to ask them. You must remember that there is no such thing as a stupid question. In fact, your therapist will be glad to example things to you. Your therapist may give you exercises to try at home. By doing so you will get stronger faster, but if for some reason you are not able to do them at home tell your therapist.
During your sessions, you need to keep in mind where you were before your first evaluation. As time goes by, your therapist and yourself will soon begin to see improvement. It is a good idea, to keep yourself in a better mood, to reward yourself for even small improvements. Whether it be to by yourself something nice, or just to take a moment to be proud of yourself rewarding yourself for small things will help your mood. An evaluate mood will help your progress.
Remember to speak your therapist about who you are to make your physical therapy about you as an individual. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Sometimes if you question something you may help your therapist come up with others things-more creative and fun things- that could help others later too. Rewarding yourself after the small steps of recovery will keep your mental mood in a good state.