By Elizabeth Cantrell, Physician Liaison - FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers
Google has over 175,000,000 separate pieces of advice for “How to Make the Best of a Bad Situation”. Even Shakespeare, in Act III of “Romeo and Juliet” has the well-intentioned Friar Laurence pleading with a broken-hearted and newly banished Romeo to see the good, “…there art thou happy. A pack of blessings light upon thy back.”
When living with a bad situation, sometimes sappy sayings and Shakespeare just don’t cut it. Physical therapists see patients living through unpleasant situations every day. So, how important is it that therapists encourage patients?
Jennifer Johnson, PTA at FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers in Camilla, Georgia, says she believes it is part of her job to point out the positive. “Rehab is as much psychological as it is physical. It’s important our patients be encouraged.”
“Motivating the patient is important,” agreed Bret Snow, PTA. “Many of our patients need our encouragement to keep going even when it hurts or they don’t feel like it.”
Encouragement. It seems simple, but how?