Physiotherapy can be a long, hard road. It takes willpower and endurance to complete the treatment, which may require a number of sessions over an extended period.
Depending on personal circumstances and transport arrangements - just keeping to all the appointments can be gruelling sometimes. So it's natural to celebrate when it's all done.
But what comes after the physiotherapy sessions? Your physical therapist should prepare you with advice to follow after your treatment is over.
Try to remember the exercises you are doing - just in case of a relapse.
For example, if you have a problem with a vertebra in your neck, physical therapy often helps. However, if there is a some permanent physical defect, habit or activity underlying your problem - then stiffness and soreness may return someday. Remembering and using your remedial exercises may stop your condition deteriorating - and might even alleviate it completely.
The therapist may instruct you on the proper use of heat packs and ice packs. As you will soon be on your own, do pay careful attention to these instructions. You will also be prompted to contact your doctor at first sign of any relapse.
Prevention will be an important concern after physiotherapy. The last thing you need is to endure the entire process again. You can take certain steps to avoid injury requiring repeat treatment.
Aerobic exercise is very beneficial both during and after physiotherapy. It strengthens the muscles, increases oxygen to the muscles, and helps you lose weight. Aerobic exercises include walking, running, swimming, or bicycling. Any exercise that gets you breathing heavily and your heart rate up will do.
In injuries like low back pain, weight loss can be a factor. It can mean less stress on your bones and muscles. Therefore, diet can play an important role in prevention after physiotherapy. It does not have to be an elaborate diet; just a simple diet that limits foods, especially the carbohydrates and fats.
Other preventative features of life after physiotherapy involve the workplace. Learn the proper movements to get the job done without damage to health. If this seems impossible, it is a legal right to call for an ergonomic study. Make good use of the ergonomic equipment that is likely already available in your office or workplace. There may be ergonomic keyboards in a storage room, if you would only ask.
We also need to learn our limitations. No more trying to lift a two-hundred pound object by yourself. After physiotherapy, we know what can happen when we do not take care of the body properly. It only makes sense to avoid anything that can harm you in the way you were hurt before.
Life after physiotherapy may thus be a more cautious affair than is was before. We may have to think before acting. No matter what care is taken, it is possible that a return to physiotherapy may be required someday. Minimise that risk by making the right moves after physiotherapy.