Progress Is Progress – How To Maintain Focus With Long Term Rehab

How Do You Stay Motivated When Rehabbing Chronic Pain?

One of the most common gripes people I work with tend to have of previous practitioners is the following; ‘I was told to do a handful of exercises and come back for the same treatment repetitively for an infinite number of appointments.’ This is dull, uninspiring and makes progress appear black and white; you’re either in pain (bad) or out of pain (good) when the reality is there is a whole lot of middle ground between those two things. This often results in a loss of motivation if results don’t go the way intended quickly.

Subsequently tracking this middle ground and having check points to see weekly progress is vital for client and practitioners motivation. Week on week you’ll have a more complete picture of your problem areas. Most importantly, when the inevitable feelings of hopelessness set in you’ll have an objective assessment of where you once were (relative to movements that elicit pain and restriction) to where you are now, in other words you’ll have proof of improvement.

How Do I Help You Push Through Lack Of Motivation?

I have developed a system as a result of seeing client after client fall in to this trap, people I was certain I could help but couldn’t keep them motivated to break through. All of the thousands of hours of study, client work and collaboration have been condensed into 8 primary movement patterns. These 8 movements when taught to be performed well have had the biggest impact on people I have worked with in regards to levels of discomfort and more importantly sustained periods of freedom from pain.

In addition each of the 8 has secondary assessments to analyse what isn’t moving and what is. The goal however always remains the same, to break you down in order to build you back up. Pain is a warning system for the brain that a tendon, ligament or other tissue is coming to the end of its ability to deal with stress, every small goal achieved is a step closer to the area of pain being able to deal with the demand placed upon it.

The beauty of this is when you can achieve all 8 consistently and pain free the odds on you still suffering in comparison to what you once were are slim. Knowing the process has an end point is extra motivation as both me and you are aware of the final goal (to achieve all 8 primary movements’ pain free at a minimal standard) and are constantly striving to improve towards it.

Do You Need To Spend Hours Doing Rehab Exercises?

Pain is already boring and the last thing you want to do is spend hours doing exercises, in fact in my experience it is counterproductive to do so. For instance, doing 10 minutes of specific drills unique to you with dedicated focus on giving your body and brain a new experience is far more likely to elicit change when compared to doing 100’s of poorly executed repetitions of an exercise that has no cross over to your day to day life.

If you feel lost or would like a more methodical approach to your rehabilitation with weekly goals, true to life movement assessments (as opposed to table based) and a whole body outlook on why you may be struggling then please do get in touch.

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