Your low back pain isn’t improving after all this time and you’re wondering why? Shouldn’t the normal healing process have run its course by now? The short answer is – yes. And likely, it did take place. But the longer you experience pain, the more sensitive your nerves become, essentially turning up the “pain volume knob” in your brain.
The good news: there are steps you can take to turn this volume down by:
- Understanding pain
- Sleeping well
- Setting positive goals
Let’s get started…
This is a guest post by Randal Glaser, PT, DPT, OCS, CEAS I. He is the Co-founder of Jetset Rehab Education, a continuing education company for Rehab Professionals. You can check out Jetset’s blog and podcast
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As a Physical Therapist, I’ve worked with – and treated – a lot of patients. I’ve had experiences with satisfied patients who have called me a miracle worker. On the flip side, I’ve also had patients who disagreed with my treatment altogether. And then there are those who were simply indifferent. If I’m completely honest with myself, I can reflect on – and learn from – each experience, regardless of the outcome, to improve patient care moving forward.
Over the years, I’ve taken notes on how to better my interactions with patients to get the best possible results. I’ve also noticed that, although each patient is unique, those who have successful outcomes share a common set of attitudes and disciplines.
I’d like to share with you these best-patient-practices, which I hope can serve as a guide to help you get the most out of your time in physical therapy.
Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s time for the obligatory New Year’s Resolution, right? Time to lose 20 pounds, sign up for a gym membership, take more time to read, take the vacation you’ve been planning, etc.
Before you get too caught up in listing off all the things you wish you could be or do, let me ask you a question:
What was your New Year’s Resolution last year? Do you remember?
If you do, did you accomplish it?
If so, congratulations!
If you’re like the rest of us, ask yourself, “why not?”
You might be under the impression that most people don’t accomplish their New Year’s Resolutions because their goals are too far out of reach. I disagree. I think setting big goals is important – it gives us something to strive for.
In fact, I believe that we typically set the bar too low. When you set a goal that you know you can complete in a month, what happens? You put it off – month after month. Then a year goes by and you forget it altogether.
In addition, should you really be setting only one Resolution for yourself for an entire year?
Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t rob yourself of potential growth in every aspect of your life.
You may be overwhelmed with the thought of setting more than one Resolution, but bear with me, there is hope.
Let’s dig deeper.