Physical therapy can change your entire life in a positive way if you stay dedicated to your treatment plan, and do your best to comply with your therapist’s instructions. Deciding to undergo physical therapy treatment could be the best decision you’ve ever made if you suffer from chronic pain, have sustained an injury, or are dealing with an illness.
We know it’s easier said than done to stay motivated when it comes to your health and fitness, and that’s why we do what we do! NY Physical Therapy & Wellness offers high-quality service to every single one of our patients, regardless of what condition they arrive at our doors in!
We’ve put together a shortlist of 3 things you can do to make sure you stay motivated and successful during your healing journey through physical therapy.
Get out your paper and pen….
- Make a list of things you have missed out on because of pain. Think back to the last time you missed out on a big event or outing with friends and family. Was the reason you stayed home because you had other things to do, or because you physically could not keep up with everyone else due to pain?
Chances are if you’re in physical therapy, it’s because you’re struggling to do things you love doing without experiencing pain. The only way to start living your life normally again is to address your problem head-on.
Set goals for yourself in a journal, and write a list of all the things you know you’ve missed out on due to how your body was feeling that day. This will motivate you to move forward in treatment, and before you know it, the list of things in life you’re having to miss out on will grow smaller and smaller.
- Keep a therapy progress journal. You don’t have to be a writer to keep a journal of the progress you’ve made in physical therapy. Having a place to write down all of the daily exercises and stretches you’ve been doing can help you to see later down the road just how much better your condition has become.
If you want, you can make the entire journal all about your physical therapy experience. Write an entry detailing the reasons you’re in therapy. Write about your first appointment and what notes your therapist made. Write down your symptoms from day to day, as well as what stretches help ease those symptoms. You can even get creative and write an entry from your future self, once you’ve met your goal in therapy!
- Find someone to hold you accountable. It could be your mom, dad, sister, brother, son, daughter, or next-door neighbor. Find someone to hold you accountable when it comes to practicing your at-home exercises and staying on track with your therapy program.
Knowing that someone is bound to call you up or pop over to “check-in” will cause you to be more motivated to do the physical activities you need to do. You don’t want to be scolded when you tell them “No, I haven’t gotten around to doing those stretches,” do you? Of course not!
Even if the person checking in on you is not in physical therapy treatment, it could also help to have them attend your appointments with you for support, or practice exercises with you at home. Similar to having a workout buddy, this can make you feel less alone and more willing to see your treatment through to your goal.
Are you ready to take the next big step in your health journey?
Getting started with physical therapy isn’t hard. If you’re dealing with back pain, neck pain, shoulder or wrist pain, or any other nagging pain condition begging for attention, contact NY Physical Therapy & Wellness in Bohemia, Cedarhurst, East Meadow, Elmhurst, Franklin Square, Levittown, Melville, Seaford, Smithtown or Valley Stream today to set up a consultation.
Your physical therapy team is here to help you learn and engage in your treatment plan from start to finish. After each appointment, our goal is to always have you feeling better than you did when you arrived, so if for any reason you ever feel discomfort, let your therapist know! We practice open and honest communication with our patients.
It’s time to take charge and get back on your feet. Physical therapy could be the answer you’ve been searching for when it comes to lasting pain relief and better overall health. Remember, if you ever become discouraged, know that we’re behind you every step of the way!