Making the Most of Your Physio Treatment
Visiting a physiotherapist is an important investment in healing and recovery from an injury, so here are a couple of ways you can make the most of your investment.
Know what your goals are and ask questions
Having a clear understanding of what you want to achieve through physiotherapy can assist your physio working in conjunction with you to target these goals. Understanding your condition and recovery plan will also assist in optimizing treatment and allowing you to feel empowered through the process. Before each consultation it can help to consider potential questions for the practitioner and any long and short-term goals you are working towards.
Do you exercises.
Completing your prescribed exercises at home is an essential part of recovery as they support the body through healing and recovery. Targeting and strengthening weak muscles help to correct biomechanical imbalances and reduce excess stress on body structures, as well as promoting tissue recovery.
Follow your therapist’s recommendations.
Your therapist will formulate your individualised recovery program and guide you through the process of returning to exercise as a rate that doesn’t compromise healing. Rest is equally as important as strengthening. Adhering to the advice from your therapist can ensure that you receive optimal recovery and don’t risk reinjuring yourself.
Be patient with your progress
Waiting to heal can be a frustrating process, however prematurely returning to sport can result in further injury and extended recovery. Generally, the longer an issue has been present, the longer it will take to resolve so be patient.
If there is a part of your condition or injury that you are struggling to understand, be sure to seek clarification with your physiotherapist. None of the information in this article is a replacement for proper medical advice. Always see a medical professional for advice on your condition.