With the Olympic Games just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to seeing competitors striving for greatness in their various disciplines.
Now, you may think this has little to do with The Physio Co’s work, but just as those athletes have the Games to aim for during four long years of training, we follow the same thinking about setting goals for our clients.
By choosing something to strive for, it helps us to focus on the end result. Many of those elite rowers, cyclists and runners probably don’t relish getting up on cold, dark winter mornings, but it’s the thought of the end result that keeps them motivated.
Regular readers of these articles will know that ‘seniors smashing goals’ is The Physio Co’s mantra for getting people to focus on their strength and mobility into later life.
When you’re lacking the motivation a few minutes before your physio appointment, that’s when your goals come in handy – and in your own way, you can channel Olympian efforts!
One of our star performers is Janet, who has been working hard with her physiotherapist, Tony Kim.
Janet’s current goal is to build enough strength and balance in her legs to be able to attend Tai Chi classes (run, incidentally, by Tony) – and we’re happy to report that she’s well on track. But before that, Janet’s goal was to get strong enough to be able to renew her driving licence.
Janet’s been working with Tony for several years now for various things, including chronic neck and back pain. During this time Janet unfortunately broke her right hip in a fall and needed surgery then immediate rehab to get moving again.
After a few months of steady improvement with her strength and walking, Janet wanted to renew her driver’s licence – which meant she needed the strength to pass her medical test.
Tony said: “Through her determination and hard work and much to our delight, Janet was able to pass with flying colours. We have now moved our rehab to the next phase, which is to get her mobile enough to be able to rejoin her Tai Chi class.”
Maintaining mobility helps Janet to focus on several other goals, such as visiting her holiday house, seeing family and getting to the pool.
Janet said: “In the past I have visited physiotherapists in their practices, which was fine but now being less mobile, it’s great to have Tony coming to me.
“It’s much more comfortable in my own home and I guess I feel safer as well – plus Tony is very good at being positive and reinforcing how I am improving, which is great, particularly when I’m not sure there has been a lot of change.”
Excellent work, Janet, on another gold-standard performance from a senior smashing their goals!