Updated: Sep 22, 2021
COVID-19 has reduced hospital visits and, as a result, in person interaction with medical professionals. According to a recent study, only 35% of physiotherapy patients practice their at-home exercises. Our goal is to motivate patients to do their at-home physical therapy. Here are 5 reasons why the the above percentage is so low.
#Lack of motivation
When motivation is low, it is difficult to stick with the treatment. Motivating yourself by focusing on your physical ability goals, making your daily practice something you enjoy, changing your environment by arranging your surroundings so it will be pleasant with music and calm lighting . All of these are great ways to boost personal motivation.
#It takes time to see improvement
Traditional physiotherapy lacks measurable tools and relies on the patient's subjective perception of improvement. While you may not always feel or see changes immediately, keep in mind that it doesn't mean that the healing process hasn't started.
#Struggle keeping to a daily routine
It is essential to follow the home exercise program regularly in order to achieve results. Sometimes it is hard to fit exercise into a busy daily routine or there is always something more urgent to do. Plan a time for your exercise program. It can take place in the morning, at lunchtime, or at night, as long as you keep it part of your schedule.
#The exercises are repetitious and monotonous
Exercises that are repeated over and over again can become extremely boring. In new and innovative ways, physiotherapy exercises are gamified to make it feel like the patient is playing a game.
#Self-practice without professional guidance and instruction
Practicing alone without professional accompaniment can be challenging. Listen to your body and never force it to do something that feels unpleasant. If you are not sure how to perform an exercise, it is best to approach your physical or occupational therapist.
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