Monday, 05 August 2019 10:11
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Here are 5 tips for getting the most out of physiotherapy:
  1. Take the time to reflect on what you value, what matters to you and what your goals are.
    A recent study1 found that when patients were actively involved in setting their treatment goals they had measurably better outcomes in range of movement, strength and balance.
  2. Find the right physiotherapist for you.
    Whether you need a physiotherapist who can speak to you in your first language, who is skilled in a particular technique, who works in a specific geographic location or has hours that fit your schedule, you can use the Find a Physiotherapist feature help you to find a therapist to meet your unique needs.
  3. Share your goals with your physiotherapist and discuss if those goals are feasible.
    It helps if you can relate to your physiotherapist and if you can build a working partnership with him or her. Start by thinking about your goals and by finding someone who is committed to working with you to achieve those goals. Working with patients on the things that they care about is part of a physiotherapist’s professional standards, and is at the heart of the treatments they provide.2, 3
  4. Set a course for action to achieve your goals.
    Work with your physiotherapist to create a plan or schedule that works for you. Be sure to tell your physiotherapist when something isn’t working for you.
  5. Work actively to achieve your goals.
    Whatever your condition, the secret to success is that you get out what you put in. This is a message that's often forgotten by both patients and therapists. I was reminded of this when working with a critically ill patient. No matter what was happening that day, he was always willing and ready to work when it was time for therapy. His determination to get well, dedication to his treatment sessions and willingness to push his limits led to his successful recovery, discharge from hospital and return to work. None of which would have happened without his efforts.
    There is a large and growing body of research that shows that exercise or active treatment is more effective than passive physiotherapy treatment. Some examples are improved outcomes for patients with chronic neck pain, managing knee osteoarthritis, and treating shoulder injury.4,5,6

Here are 5 tips for getting the most out of physiotherapy:
  1. Take the time to reflect on what you value, what matters to you and what your goals are.
    A recent study1 found that when patients were actively involved in setting their treatment goals they had measurably better outcomes in range of movement, strength and balance.
  2. Find the right physiotherapist for you.
    Whether you need a physiotherapist who can speak to you in your first language, who is skilled in a particular technique, who works in a specific geographic location or has hours that fit your schedule, you can use the Find a Physiotherapist feature help you to find a therapist to meet your unique needs.
  3. Share your goals with your physiotherapist and discuss if those goals are feasible.
    It helps if you can relate to your physiotherapist and if you can build a working partnership with him or her. Start by thinking about your goals and by finding someone who is committed to working with you to achieve those goals. Working with patients on the things that they care about is part of a physiotherapist’s professional standards, and is at the heart of the treatments they provide.2, 3
  4. Set a course for action to achieve your goals.
    Work with your physiotherapist to create a plan or schedule that works for you. Be sure to tell your physiotherapist when something isn’t working for you.
  5. Work actively to achieve your goals.
    Whatever your condition, the secret to success is that you get out what you put in. This is a message that's often forgotten by both patients and therapists. I was reminded of this when working with a critically ill patient. No matter what was happening that day, he was always willing and ready to work when it was time for therapy. His determination to get well, dedication to his treatment sessions and willingness to push his limits led to his successful recovery, discharge from hospital and return to work. None of which would have happened without his efforts.
    There is a large and growing body of research that shows that exercise or active treatment is more effective than passive physiotherapy treatment. Some examples are improved outcomes for patients with chronic neck pain, managing knee osteoarthritis, and treating shoulder injury.4,5,6
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Emmanuel Chatina

He is a graduated Physiotherapist from the College of Medicine, University of Malawi with strong interest in utilizing modern Digital tools in the delivery of Medical and physiotherapy healthcare.

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