Physiotherapy is all about maximising your recovery, and the exercise and advice sheets your physiotherapist gives you are an important part of that.
Whether you are recovering from an injury, an accident, surgery, or the after-effects of an illness, you can improve your chances of a full and complete recovery by following the exercise and advice sheets you get from your physiotherapist.
So what type of information can you expect to find in your physiotherapist's exercise and advice sheets? They will likely include:
Activities to avoid: There are certain movements and activities that can worsen your condition. Being aware of, and avoiding these, will help you to recover better.
Exercises to do: For many conditions (e.g. hip replacement) getting active is crucial to recovery. This means you can't simply rely on your scheduled appointments to keep you active - you have to perform exercises at home to supplement what you do with the physio.
Diet: Keeping your weight down and eating properly will also help speed up your recovery in many cases, so following any diet advice your physio gives you will also improve your chances of making a full recovery.
Both you and your physio have the same goal - getting you back to 100% as quickly as possible. If you follow their recommendations when you are at home, as well as when you are actually in rehab, it will improve your chances of getting back to your best.