One answer may be believing that the therapy will help. Another may be your belief in your ability to continue activities despite pain or impairment. Yes, we’re talking mindset!
In a study of people undergoing physiotherapy for shoulder pain, participants with an initial high level of pain or disability, but who believed in their ability to continue doing most things and reach a desired recovery outcome, were less likely to experience pain or disability six months later.
On the flip side, those who had lower initial pain but who didn’t believe they could continue their activities (so-called ‘pain self-efficacy’), were less likely to achieve optimal treatment outcomes.
Other ways to optimise treatment are attending appointments and consistently adhering to prescribed at-home exercises. In short, effective physiotherapy is a team effort with your practitioner.😊