Thanks to advances in science and technology, physical rehabilitations have never been more successful. However, talk to any physical therapist about the challenges they face, and you’ll likely hear a prevailing theme along the lines of “the most difficult part of my job is motivating patients and getting them to buy in.”
Regardless of how perfect an exercise may be, or how grand your inventory of exercise equipment may be, your patient will not see the results you desire unless you get them to buy in. As such, what can you do to make sure they are putting their best foot forward? Here are three tips that could help in your endeavor:
1) Incentivize the exercises. It doesn’t matter if you’re middle aged or in kindergarten; the fact is people worker harder, faster and smarter when they know there is a reward at the end of the tunnel. Try to figure out what makes your patients tick, and use that to your advantage. It could be something as simple as giving them their favorite snack food after long day, or the right to perform a “fun” rehab exercise for the rest of a given session.
2) Make clear, concise and obtainable goals. Few things are more frustrating than feeling rushed, and feeling like you’re not fulfilling the goals you set out to achieve. Be sure to set goals that the patient can meet, and keep in mind the old adage that “you need to learn how to crawl before you can walk” in mind, and be sure to make small, albeit measurable goals. If someone is due for a long rehab, you don’t want to set exorbitant goals, but if you only have someone for a short period of time, then you may want to consider being a bit more aggressive with your objectives.
3) Develop a positive relationship. This is likely a foreign and somewhat scary process for the patient; be sure that you provide them with the confidence, reassurance and positivity they need to get through a difficult time. What’s more, listen intently to what they have to say so you can better determine their specific needs, and somewhat tailor your exercises to best suit those needs. If they see you’re taking an active approach with their specific requests, then it will help you develop a trusting relationship.
Of course, it always helps to continually update your collection of exercise equipment that you can turn to, depending on the needs of your patient. JumpUSA offers a wide range of rehab and exercise equipment that can help trainers provide optimal service to their patients.
If you need help selecting the right equipment, please contact JumpUSA today.