I’m a huge fan of physiotherapy – and my goodness – for such a great reason! Picture the scene. The alarm clock goes off. My eyes open and dart around. I want to reach over to my nightstand and turn it off, but I am unable to.
A few days prior, I began to have lower pain in my back. I had no idea how I did it, it just happened and I suppose it escalated while I slept. Hence, the inability to move my body to turn off my alarm clock.
Of course, my husband jumped up from bed and turned it off. I sat there and said. “Well, it’s time to do something about this because this pain is becoming somewhat of a nuisance.”
Okay, I didn’t say that exactly, but I prefer to keep the colourful details of my yelps of pain to myself.
You get the idea.
I’m a huge fan of physiotherapy for a reason!
This isn’t my first time at this rodeo!
I suddenly remembered how successful visiting a physiotherapist was when I had a frozen shoulder back in 2018.
This frozen shoulder experience with a physiotherapist made me scream “I’m a huge fan of physiotherapy!” You see, not only did physiotherapy cure the problem, but it taught me such a huge lesson, that I wrote about it in my second book, Get Up.
In case you were wondering about my first book, here it is. Let’s embrace my shameless plug! 🙂
To reiterate my frozen shoulder experience, let’s just say that I didn’t do the exercises. I just wasn’t motivated to do them. This of course led me to not being able to raise my arms to wash my hair.
You just may have to read the chapter yourself! You can buy your copy here.
Forgive me as I digress – let’s continue with my story.
Why I love being a huge fan of physiotherapy
I made the appointment with Forest Hill Physiotherapy (@foresthillphysiotherapy) in Toronto and off I went! I met with a physiotherapist named David (@davidsrehab). Yes – that’s us in the feature image.
After a quick evaluation and a little ultrasound therapy – aaahhhh – that was amazing – I was given 5 exercises to do twice per day.
Specially created for the type of pain that I had.
“If you do them once a day, I will be satisfied. If you do them twice – I will be thrilled.” The physiotherapist said as he raised his arms to cheer me on. That extra “oomph” of excitement got me thinking to partake in that extra set. I’m such a keener. Plus, from my experience with my frozen shoulder, you bet your booty I did the exercises twice a day.
Discipline versus Motivation
In order for me to nip this back pain in the bud, I threw the act of motivation off the table. Discipline is the only way to go. Of course, I wrote about that mindset here.
And the next thing you know, the pain subsided in a few short days. I couldn’t believe it – which led me to once again exclaim “I am a huge fan of physiotherapy!”
So, now that the pain is gone, I should stop doing the exercises, right?
Oh my gosh – no. Just no.
I am adding these back exercises, to my daily routine, just like my exercise snacks. I really don’t want to repeat the act of not being able to turn off my alarm clock in the morning again. Along with the colourful language that came out of my mouth.
No thank you.