Physical therapy is a great way to recover from an injure and help the body heal faster. There are many people who have done physical therapy and have had great results, and there are others who have very little success. What is the difference? There are some key things that you should know when doing physical therapy. Here are some tips:
1. Go Slow
As you start to heal, you might be tempted to push your body faster to get faster results. This is not something that you can speed up with willpower. Although you may want to get better quicker and your body to heal faster, it doesn't mean that you can do it. The body takes time to rebuild itself and if you try to make the muscles, bones, and ligaments heal and repair at an unnatural rate you are likely to injure yourself worse.
This is why you should be patient with your body. If your doctor and therapist tell you that it will take 3 months to get your body back, you should expect a full 3 months. Be patient and be kind to your body.
2. Follow The Therapists Directions Exactly
Another common mistake that people make is that they think they know better than the therapist, or they think the internet is smarter than their therapist. Too many people get an individualized action plan to help heal their body and instead of following that plan exactly, they go to the internet and add things to it. This is not safe. The physical therapist, along with the doctor, has looked at your specific situation and it choosing exercises and repetitions to get you the best results possible. When you change the formula or deviate from what you should be doing, you risk further injury and not getting the best results.
3. Make Sure To Implement Changes At Home
Going to physical therapy a couple times a week is just one part of the equation. Your therapist will be telling your things to do at home to get you the best results possible. In some cases, the directions will be to do exercises at home. If this is the case, treat it as serious homework that you should do every day. However, in other cases, the homework may be to rest, ice and elevate the injury. If you don't follow the instructions of what to do at home, they cannot guarantee that your physical therapy will work.
By doing these things you can get the best results at physical therapy.