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If you suffered a serious injury on the job, getting back to work can be only half the struggle. Rehabilitating yourself physically, so that you can get back to work, doesn't always rehabilitate you emotionally or psychologically so that you can get back to living your life normally.
Here are some rehabilitation techniques you should look for to heal your possible emotional or psychological wounds.
Let's Feel Supported
Many rehabilitation providers are realizing that provider-patient care doesn't always provide the empathy patients need to cope with how an injuries may have changed them. Support groups facilitate group healing.
Traditional Support Groups: sharing personal stories can help a patient realize they aren't alone. Being heard and being understood by other people adjusting to similar challenges can fortify your resolve and help patients feel less isolated. These sessions are typically moderated by a psychologist, but sometimes can include a physical or occupational therapist to initiate rehabilitation techniques for the group.
Activity-Based Support Groups: immersing yourself in an activity can help you engage in the healing process in new and novel ways. For instance, you might work on improving motor skills by learning how to fly fish or paint. Many providers are using these activity-based support groups to also create bonds with other patients.
Let's Feel Fit
A serious injury can drastically impact your fitness and wellness. Even though your muscular strength, muscular endurance, aerobic fitness, or flexibility might not directly relate to your specific injury, feeling fitter can you get your life back to normal.
Fitness Classes: sometimes working with a local gym can help the healing process extend long beyond your appointment with your rehabilitation provider. The key to getting the most out of your fitness classes is assessing your biggest fitness strength and weakness. For instance, if your injury limited your ability to exercise aerobically but didn't impact your muscular strength, you might want to choose a fitness class that works with each fitness type. Working on a strength and a weakness can provide a challenge while also giving you the opportunity to succeed.
Event/Destination Planning: signing up for an event or giving yourself a physical destination to strive for can help inject motivation into the rehabilitation process. Preparing for a road race, a big hike, a group ride, or simply traveling to a coveted destination creates a timeline and a clear goal for both you and your rehabilitation provider.
For more information, reach out to a rehabilitation service near you.Share