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PHYSIO IS SO BORING AND IT’S NOVEMBER AND SAM IS READY TO SCREAM

So my patience is running low 12 weeks after knee replacement surgery.

I was doing okay until I did something to my Tibialis Posterior–see Sam discovers another weird and painful muscle–and now have ankle exercises along with all the knee exercises. More physio! Argh.

I’m searching “ways to make physio less boring” and found this.

“1. Link the rehab exercises to something that you love. If you’re in the habit of watching TV in the evening, do your exercises while your favourite shows are on and never allow yourself to watch them unless you are doing your exercises while watching. In my case, I pick some of my favourite albums and only listen to them if I’m doing a workout at the same time.

2. The “brussels sprouts” method. In other words, get them over with as quickly as possible before moving on to something that you love. Don’t think about it, just do it. No dessert until all the sprouts are gone.

3. If you are in the habit of exercising regularly, create pairs of exercises where the second one is an exercise that has been assigned to you by your therapist. For example, if you are doing sets of pushups, follow each set with a gait exercise rather than just resting between sets. This is called the “bi-plex” hybrid method and is my personal favourite.”

I’m already doing 1 and 2, so I think I’ll give 3 a try, work some of the physio into a routine of regular exercises that I’ve been missing.

Any other tips out there? All advice welcome!

One thought on “PHYSIO IS SO BORING AND IT’S NOVEMBER AND SAM IS READY TO SCREAM

  1. When I hurt my back many years ago, my therapist gave me new exercises every time I saw her. After several weeks I asked, “are the new exercises supposed to replace the old exercises, or should I be doing all of them?” She asked for a quick demo of each and asked how long it took to do everything. I said, “about 6-8 hours if you count the walking.” She said, “you’re on Worker’s Comp, right?” I confirmed that and she told me I was getting paid to exercise, so it should be a full time job. So consider yourself lucky;)

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