Though great athletes such as Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt have completely different approaches to training and performance in their own sports, they both succeed due to similar psychological profiles that allow them to overcome their opponents (and themselves).
This video from TEDxPerth explains why some athletes are more successful than others, and what any athlete can do to start achieving more in his or her sport.
Just like you wouldn’t let just anyone have to babysit your kids, is the same reason you cannot letting just anyone, treat your knee problems or your deformities through physical treatment. Getting a qualified and an understanding physiotherapist is very crucial for your rehabilitation and recovery process.
In order to get the right therapist to attend to your needs, you need to ask them important questions. In this article, get to know the 3 important things you should be asking your Physiotherapist. Just read to find out more of these questions.
1. How many treatment sessions are required to recover optimally from my injury?
This is quite a crucially important question. Professional athletes get physiotherapy session on almost a daily basis, at times even two times a day when treating or on recovery from an injury. With that said, this will not be the same case for an everyday person that works full time. Your physiotherapist is supposed to set the optimal treatments that are required in ensuring a fast and full. In case this isn’t that friendly for you or does not suit your situation because of family commitments, time restraints or finances, you can always discuss it with your physiotherapist so as to get a happy medium.
2. What should I do to speed up my recovery?
Research shows that patients who take it to keen interest by actively getting involved in their rehabilitation and healing process with their therapists have a better and quicker chance of recovery. This means following protocol, doing the prescribed exercises, and also the extra small things like heat or ice therapy or even hydrotherapy. Passive treatment approaches (hands on physio, massage.) alone will only get you so far.
3. What should I do to prevent recurrence of this injury in the future?
As a good physio, one should advise his or her patient on the dos and don’ts in order to prevent a recurrence of a similar injury. Your physio needs to put in place a maintenance program for their patients to go on even after recovery. It’s a common trend where people quit on their treatment when they get 90% better. Physiotherapists will recommend that one needs to follow through with their rehab recovery treatment to full recovery.
You will want to ensure that physiotherapist who you have chosen indulges you in your road to healing and recovery. This is the right choice for you. They need to win your trust and make you feel you can inquire about anything pertaining your therapy.