Physical therapists help patients “improve their movement and manage their pain,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which helps them recover from various ailments, illnesses or injuries. If you find yourself needing a physical therapist, make the most of the experience and remain hopeful for a full recovery. Here are some reasons why you should remain positive during your physical therapy sessions.
You Need It
If a doctor or hospital has prescribed physical therapy, they know you need it. So there’s no sense in complaining or arguing against it. In fact, 20 percent of stroke victims are unable to manage themselves at all the first couple weeks and usually require some rehabilitation, according to ABC News. Whether you’ve had a stroke or need to recover from an accident, listen to your physical therapist and perform the exercises she suggests after the visits.
You’ll Accomplish More
Objects with the least resistance always mover farther and faster. And the same holds true for your therapy. You will accomplish your objectives quicker if you approach your therapy with an open and positive mind.
Helps You Function
Keep in mind that your physical therapist is there to help you function on your own again, return to work or prepare you for that sport you play as an avocation or vocation. Therefore, look at the big picture and stay focused on where you’re heading.
They Know What They’re Doing
Your physical therapist is educated and trained in her field. She knows how to help you. And chances are she’s helped others in your same predicament. That alone should help you remain upbeat. You can also ask her about some of the people she’s helped to boost your mood.
Helps You Relax
Once you start making progress, you’ll have fewer worries about your recovery. You’ll also start receiving some of the benefits of exercise, including the ability to relax more, according to Huffington Post.
The more you dwell on the rehabilitation process, the more it will affect your mental and even physical state. That’s why it’s best to stay positive and let your therapist do her job.
Enhances the Experience
You may be able to contribute some of your own suggestions or ideas the more cooperative you are during your therapy. You may not be able to perform a certain movement one day, for example, but could suggest a close alternative to keep your progress moving forward.
Improves Self Confidence
The end result of remaining positive for your physical therapy is improved self-confidence. That is, because you’re making progress with certain movements, you’ll have more confidence that you’ll get better.
In Position to Help Others
Once you experience the benefits of physical therapy, you can encourage others who dread the process. Your story will provide them with hope for their own recovery.