Like anything, physiotherapy success requires patients to follow through on the recommendations that the therapist makes. This means attending appointments, making small changes in your surroundings and most of all, doing those pesky exercises. We decided to talk to a few successful patients to get some tips on how they incorporated their exercises into their lives. Here is what they had to say.
Set up an Area In Your Home
“Always do your exercises in the same place in your home, at the same time. Within a few days, that place becomes a reminder to get your exercises done. If it is in an area that you pass through regularly, it becomes hard to forget.”
Make it A Family Affair
“One of the great things about being treated at home is that I was able to get my wife involved. When she understood what I needed to be doing, her support and reminders helped to keep me on track.”
“I would never have remembered my exercises without daily reminders. Whatever app you use on your phone to stay organized, just put in a daily reminder to get them done.”
Tap Into Your Competitive Spirit
“I found it really hard to remember my exercises until my physio made it competitive. When I started counting reps and shooting for a personal best every day, it provided the motivation to get it done.”
Keep a Journal
“Once I started keeping a journal that outlines what exercises I had done and how I am feeling I stopped forgetting to do them. There is something about that permanent record that makes me want to follow through.”
There you have it. Five tried and tested strategies to ensure you can get those physio exercises done. Building a habit is hard, but if you follow these tips you will be a star patient in no time. If you need physiotherapy, why not try home physiotherapy with Therapia? Our therapists are able to show you the ideal area within your home to do your exercises and which props within your house would be helpful. Book an appointment online or call 1 416-526-6933.