Have you ever wondered why your physical therapy sessions were ineffective? Well, here are five reasons why your physio may have failed. Many people come to therapy with the impression that they will leave pain free, or with the intentions that all their pain will simply go away. However, people fail to realize that our bodies ache from time to time and so a more attainable goal would be to hope for reduced pain. With that being said, one of the major reasons that your physio failed is because realistic expectations were not set up from the beginning. This is important because as the patient you should be made aware from day one what you can expect from therapy sessions. In fact, an agreement should also be made between the physical therapist and the patient on an outcome or end goal. Otherwise as the patient, after completing therapy, you will start to feel that your therapy was unsuccessful when your aches and pains return.
In order for your therapy to be successful and effective it is crucial to be consistent with your sessions. You need to show up, be present and engaged to be able to get the help the therapist is providing. If you miss a session try to reschedule and make up for that lost time with your therapist because not everything you can just look up or watch on YouTube. With that being said, perhaps inconsistency can be another reason why you are not getting the results you expected, and your physio may have failed.
This bring us to reason number three, coming to therapy once every other week is not going to drastically improve your situation. For the best results, you have to partner your in-person sessions with your at home workouts because having goals without the action is useless. The most important person throughout this process is not the therapist, or the doctor, it is YOU. The patient has to be accountable for themselves, for their recovery and ultimately for the outcome.
The fourth reason why your therapy may have failed is because you never believed that therapy could help your condition in the first place. The mind is a powerful tool so if you do not believe that therapy can help you then it really cannot. Having a positive mindset makes all the difference in your healing process.
Lastly, but certainly not least, being unmotivated could be another reason why your therapy fails. Everything we do in life whether its simply just getting out of bed requires some motivation. So, we need something to fuel us and keep us coming to the therapy sessions and for the most part that fuel is our progress. Therapy, undoubtedly is a commitment, but having the right mindset, setting realistic expectations towards and being determined to improve goes a long way and can play a major part in having success in physical therapy