Jeremiah 24:6 - My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them.
When you’ve been battling chronic pain and illness for any length of time, your muscles begin to lose mass and break down. This in turn makes normal tasks seem impossible to do.
Maybe you used to be able to walk a mile without even breaking a sweat. Now it takes effort just to walk out to the mailbox and back. Or maybe you used to be able to perform your duties at work without even a thought of being tired. Now you’ve had to take a leave of absence or you’ve had to quit your job because you can’t perform the tasks you used to do.
This breakdown is due to lack of movement.
When you’ve been sick, experience an injury, or have had surgery, at first it is necessary to rest and follow your doctor’s instructions on what you can or can’t do.
However, as I stated in a previous post, in a medical study they took a group of medical students and confined them to bed for one week. They measured their muscles at the beginning of the study and at the end. In only one week of total inactivity, one-third of their body’s muscle was lost. There has to be a balance.
Though your lack of movement may not be from being confined completely for a week or more, you begin to lose that muscle mass very easily.
Another reason for lack of movement may be caused by your fear of hurting yourself more. In the back of your mind you hear yourself saying, “If I get up and do this I’m going to be setting back my recovery. I better not try.”
This is where physical therapy comes in. Therapists will take into consideration your current weakness and fear of movement. They will also give you advice on how to perform everyday tasks the correct way.
They will help you restore your mobility and reduce the pain you’re experiencing. According to moveforwardpt.com in their article, “Preparing for Your Visit with a Physical Therapist,” you'll find what to expect in the beginning.
Webmd.com in their article, “Physical Therapy-Types of Physical Therapy,” you'll find addition exercises and how to perform those tasks, along with some of the other treatments you may receive such as electrical stimulation.
Keep in mind that throughout your physical therapy God’s eyes will be watching over you. He will help you build your body up so that you can decrease your pain level and restore loss of movement.
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.