Short Term Rehabilitation
When you or a loved one needs short-term rehab, your mental state can be extremely helpful or hurtful. In this article, we will discuss ways to recover quickly by keeping your outlook up.
Short-term rehabilitation can provide much-needed care after an illness such as a stroke, surgery, or an unexpected fall. But, the physical side of the therapy is only half the battle. Experts agree that the mind plays a big role in the recovery effort and length of time needed in a short-term rehab facility.
The August issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a review of 16 studies, spanning 30 years, looking at patients’ attitudes and the effect on recovery and health after surgery. There was a direct correlation to the influence of positive attitudes on health and healing.
Benefits of a Positive Attitude
Many studies also show that when doctors and families address fears before a loved one enters a rehabilitation facility, the outcomes tend to be better. Not to mention, that a positive attitude can help reduce stress. The key here is to help manage expectations and good, thorough communication.
Speaking of communication – this is an important component of getting the most out of your short-term rehab. Talk with your rehabilitation team regarding any questions you have. Discuss your rehab and recovery goals. Most importantly, be sure to let them know about any pain you’re experiencing. Good nutrition is also an important part of rebuilding a healthy body.
So, keep your chin up and your outlook positive! Remember, your rehabilitation is designed to be short-term and, with a little luck, you’ll be back to your old self in no time!