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Preventing Reinjury: Developing Body Awareness During Recovery

Recovery is different for everyone, but there are ways you can recover quicker. One of the problems many recovering patients face is the risk of re-injury. Once you wake up from that surgery and need to change into regular clothes, you’ll find that getting dressed with limited mobility isn’t as easy and can be uncomfortable or painful. For some people, that leaves them no choice but to wear anything that doesn’t hurt them, likely the same hospital gown or a loose piece of clothing. 

How does body awareness help prevent re-injury?

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Prioritising your body’s needs helps you recover faster. Listen to what your body is saying, such as when you feel there is tension while getting dressed. 

Take moments during your therapy sessions and rest periods to observe what your body is telling you. Are you experiencing tension or relaxation? Are you breathing properly or holding your breath? Do you feel any discomfort or pain? How is your posture? 

By reflecting on these, you’ll know which physical motions or ideas may be contributing to your body's response. This increased awareness will help you identify potential triggers for discomfort or pain and take appropriate precautions. For example, if you’re recovering from an injured upper limb, wearing a regular shirt that requires you to raise your arms might not be a good idea. 

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Accept that change will be gradual

Introducing change gradually ensures you are not forcing your body to do something it’s not ready to do yet. Adopt a patient and gradual approach and monitor your progress. But, be cautious not to overexert yourself when getting back to your daily routine, as your body may require time to adapt and adjust. Remember, progress is a marathon, not a sprint.

Seek guidance from your physical therapist

Consult with your teacher, doctor, or therapist for guidance, especially when performing daily activities like caring for your personal hygiene, getting dressed, etc. They will help you explore alternative ways of using your body to reduce unnecessary tension, discomfort, or pain. Embrace their expertise and be open to experimenting with different approaches that prioritise your well-being.

Apply a holistic approach to your recovery

Physical and emotional well-being go hand in hand, so it’s important to develop both aspects during your recovery process. After an injury, a patient’s mental health can suffer due to anxiety, stress, PTSD, and other reasons. Physically, ensure you get enough sleep each night, eat a healthy diet, stay hydrated, and engage in proper exercise routines. Emotionally, you need to be proactive in managing stress and anxiety. When you feel overwhelmed, take breaks, reach out to someone you trust, or create a plan to alleviate your anxiety. 

If you are in distress and need to talk to a professional, call these helplines

Remember, a successful recovery journey heals both the body and the mind. Find time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as socialising, going for walks, or pursuing hobbies outside of music. By taking good care of yourself holistically, you will create an environment that supports your recovery and reduces the risk of re-injury. 

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