Getting sufficient rest during a period of injury rehabilitation is often overlooked by those on the road to recovery. A popular but tough question to answer which arises in arguably every clinic in the country, is “How much do I need to rest?”. Although no crystal ball exists for these questions, we can best assess your situation to form some suitable guidelines for your rehabilitation plan.
The big question of rest gets trickier to answer depending on what’s at steak for the physiotherapy patient. When someone has an injury where the healing process is slow and recovery is dragging on and on, it’s important to determine what sort of affect the ailment has on their everyday work and home life.
The Fear of Getting out of Shape
Many patients of physiotherapy clinics often believe the process of physiotherapy will be a long grueling regiment of painful exercises, stretches and judgement, when in fact in most cases; is quite the opposite. The most common excuse I hear from patients for not engaging in physiotherapy earlier is the fear of “Getting fat” or “Letting themselves go.” Ironically, this concern is typically aired by those in the best shape, of whom are actually at less risk of either rapid weight gain or muscle loss.
Doctors can sometimes be a culprit in advising those injured not to rest too much, and keep up with a certain level of fitness, where more often than not, sufficient amounts of rest should be what’s been written and signed off on that prescription paper.
Don’t be concerned about getting fat, when you should be concerned about getting better.
“Just train through it…” Sign, SMH.
No, just.. No. A common misconception of those who believe they know what’s best is that they can train through any injury, however this Hollywood Rocky Balboa mindset can get you into hot water quite easily when it comes to making injuries worse through over exertion. Exercises that were no problem suddenly become challenging. There’s only one way out of this: enough rest is vital. You have to almost completely stop straining the muscle tissue, or you’ll prevent it from recovering and be out of action for longer.
In my years of practice, at London Physiotherapy I regularly see patients in this predicament prolonged injuries, simply because they never rested enough. This is a great shame in so many cases, as rest is not only free, but at everybody’s fingertips, by just sitting down and focusing on getting better.