If you have had a neurological injury and you have a weakness in your body and you are working on regaining strength, mobility and independence of movement then this blog is for you. 

Today I wanted to talk to you about being patient with seeing progress.  This is a big one that I talk about on a daily basis with my 1-2-1 clients in clinic. I know what it feels like when you are working hard, day in and day out and the progress you are looking for is not showing up in the way you thought or the time frame you thought it would take. 

I know only to well how frustrating and demoralising this can be. 

As a newly qualified physio, I developed a back injury and had to go through my own rehab journey just one year after qualifying and starting to work. I have also had health crises and I draw on my own real life and work experience as a specialist physio when I support my clients who struggle with being patient with seeing progress.

One thing I know about progress and moving forward is that things will unfold along the way.

It takes as long as it takes and the time frame we set out in our heads, does not always match the body's time frame needed for healing and for us to see the progress of all the hard work we have put in. 

But here's the thing:

  • The plan you thought of,
  • what is possible or,
  • what will happen or, 
  • what will be best, 

can be completely blown out of the water with something even more exceptional happening that you couldn't even dream possible at the time. And this is what I love about rehabilitation and watching what unfolds. 

The other things is that we are looking for progress on the outside of our bodies, but what we have to realise and remember is that changes happen inside our bodies first with the neurones, pathways, in our brain, spinal cord  and muscles before we see it physically and this takes time that cannot be quantified

So keep moving forward one step at a time towards your rehabilitation goals and know that new things will unfold and be revealed with each action step you take! 

If this has helped you, then please know I have so much more to share in my 'Movers And Shakers' facebook group (it's free). I'd love to see you in there.