About a month ago, I started using an activity tracker called a FitBit to try and help me increase my movements, so that all my muscles don’t begin to atrophy. I have been ill for 4 years and my body is starting to experience problems because of the lack of movement.
I have approached this project like a science project, but unfortunately I have not been able to make significant progress in increasing my energy or movements. While I have been able to prevent crashes (which is a major accomplishment in itself), I have not been able to do much more with my body than prior to the purchase of the FitBit.
So this afternoon, I am going to begin Physical Therapy (PT) again, and see if I can get some help in limbering up my muscles and easing the pain. I fear PT as it is a big strain on my body and sometimes as a result of it, I do crash, but I am hopeful that today that won’t happen. I am looking forward to the heat treatments, the neck stretches and the electronic stimulation machine.
Physical therapy brings with it a whole slew of emotional stuff too. Going to the office, most of the people I see have specific injuries that they are treating: broken arm, torn ligament, knee replacement. Their therapies are targeted to a specific body part, that will improve after a specific time period, with repeated therapies. Me on the other hand, not so lucky.
I have been going to this therapist, on and off for 3 years now, and really haven’t improved. In fact, everytime I go for an evaluation, my movements are more restricted and limited. All of these things are really opposite of giving me encouragement, but not doing them is much worse.
So today, I will again start PT and hope that I too will improve, just like the other patients in the rooms on either side of me are hoping. I have just as good a chance as they do, right??