Feeling Like You Are Getting On In Years
Do you want to feel like an old person? Most give a thumbs down to that.
But what if the old person feels better, has less stress, moves easier, sleeps better, and can physically handle what comes their way?
After a series of physical therapy sessions, I always ask how each person how they feel. Many times they say “I feel like a new person”. They feel good, their pain is gone or reduced, and they are leaving their stress behind. They like having a specific, customized exercise program they can follow to keep their pain away. They came in having forgotten that is how they used to feel before allowing the pain and stress to wear them down. The new person they feel like is actually an old version of themselves, who feels good.
Have you forgotten how you used to feel? Do you think you have to live with pain? While it is true that physical therapy can’t solve every problem, it can help ease chronic pain by changing the way you are moving, which is causing pain, to a newer way of moving which is easier and more comfortable.
Physical therapy can improve most conditions and can help to allow your body to heal itself. For many, there is a markedly noticeable difference in how a person looks when they start physical therapy and when they end their physical therapy session. Their tension seems to have just drained away.
You can also get a nice side benefit of stress relief from physical therapy. The simple act of touch is powerful and calming. As you make progress in your physical treatment, your stress can decrease by knowing you are not stuck forever with the pain you started with. You can look forward to new adventures and renewing some activities you enjoyed in the past.
Of course, if you want to feel like a grumpy, crotchety, elderly version of yourself, don’t bother to watch what you eat, be inactive, and by all means stay away from physical therapy. I don’t recommend it, but it’s your choice.