Have you ever had that terrible feeling when telling a small lie to someone, but you know they see right through it?
Yep. That's awks as it comes!
Bending the truth is more common than you think when treating someone during their rehab in a clinic. And here's how we can tell:
You Struggle to Remember Your Exercises
The inevitable leading question from your Therapist will be,
"How's everything gone over the last week/month?"
If you are struggling to remember what you have done, or can't even recollect your exercises, or in most cases, call one of your exercises "them things, "...this is a sure way of knowing that you probably haven't done as much as you should have done.
You Have Made No Progress Between Appointments
Any Therapist that you have treatment from will have prescribed your exercises based on many different factors, including:
- What stage of healing is this patient at?
- How capable are they of doing said rehab?
- What injured tissues do I want to stretch/strengthen?
- What is a realistic amount of progress to expect on their next appointment?
So when a patient arrives for their follow up session, we have a reasonable expectation that there should be some progress, whether it is less pain, more movement, improved function, or even as simple as a more positive outlook on their recovery!
When there is no progress, there is a strong possibility that the patient won't have kept up their end of the bargain.
However, this is NOT a problem if it is addressed straight away.
Most therapists prefer you to own it and are accountable as there is often a reason behind why there has been no progress, no matter how insignificant it might be. I even remember one patient saying that they hadn't done their exercises as they could remember all four of them. We reduced it to two KEY exercises, and the following week the progress was significant! Simple problem, with an even simpler solution!
At Namix, we like to practise accountability as our core values are being dedicated and committed to our customers on their specific journeys with us. Although most patients don't realise that not being truthful about your progress will only hinder it further.
Having open and honest conversations with your Therapist or trainer can be more productive than a session of massage or exercise in its own right. Goals can be realigned, and what your Therapist or trainer thought was realistic may need to be adjusted to account for "stuff that comes up" week to week.
Not only in recovery or fitness terms but in developing a great working relationship with your Therapist whereby they can hold you to account for what you do outside of your 1-1 sessions with your absolute best interests at heart.
If you're reading this and feel that you aren't getting what you need from your current treatment plan or your current fitness plan, get in touch with us by clicking the button below. We can offer a short 15-minute phone call to discuss how to help and get you the results you deserve!