The Mindset of an Injury

If you have ever had the misfortune to experience an acute injury, whether it's in the spine, shoulder, knee, foot...or anywhere in the body, you will know that it's not just your body that needs treatment and rehabilitation, it's your mind as well.

NOBODY wants an injury! Apart from the pain, which can be debilitating and not much fun at all, it can stop you in your tracks and all of a sudden your normal daily life is either put on hold or becomes a hundred times harder as you battle pain.

Your mental approach to the injury is an indication of how long it will take you to recover and also the success of your recovery.

Here are some tips for creating a healthy mindset for overcoming an injury

ACCEPTANCE

If you have an injury, you have an injury!!! Wishing you didn’t, does not change the fact that you have one. So, the sooner you accept that you are injured, the sooner you can deal with it and start the road to recovery.

SEEK HELP

You are not an expert on injury management and you can not be the patient and the doctor at the same time. So get expert, professional advice and treatment options. Then take the advice given or get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the treatment options you get.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

OK, let’s get one thing clear here…NOBODY likes taking anti inflammatories!!! But they do serve a purpose and can minimise the amount of time you are in pain and also how quickly you can get going with your rehab. You can also research and explore natural alternatives as well if you really don’t want to take medications.

SEEK KNOWLEDGE

Understand what your injury is and how you can best contribute to it's healing. It will also help you understand what health care experts are talking about.

PATIENCE

Just because your mind wants the injury to be healed and rehabilitated, doesn’t mean that it is. This is the one most people REALLY struggle with!!! Beware that the first stage of rehab is being pain free. Many people think that being pain free equals your injury rehab is complete. If you go back to normal activities at this stage, without completing the next 3 phases, you are vulnerable to further injury which can put you back to square one!

Pilates is well known for it’s ability to help get you back on track after having an injury, and also prevent it from happening again, which is probably one of the most important aspects of rehabilitation.

The bigger the injury, the longer it will take to get 100% full recovery, especially if surgery is involved.

So follow the steps above to guarantee a speedy and successful recovery that will get you back living a pain free, healthy, happy life again!



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