Rebecca wrote a blog post in response to one of mine, so I’m writing another blog post in response to her response. I talked about patients not doing their prescribed exercises at home, which is called non-compliance in the therapy world. I commented on her blog post this…..”It’s all about wanting to feel better and taking personal responsibility for your health. And sometimes that involves hard work that isn’t much fun and that you don’t want to do.” She replied something about a therapists job being to make the exercise more meaningful to the patient or something. I highly disagree with that. That is soooo not a therapist’s job. A therapist’s job is to tell you what to do in order to make you feel better. Then it’s up to you to do it. It’s about taking personal responsibility for your health. A therapist’s responsibility is not to modify an exercise to make it more fun and meaningful. Modifying an exercise is PART of a therapist’s job when necessary, but it’s not our main job at all. And modifying a functional activity is a totally different thing. It is our job to provide a thorough explanation of why these exercises are being prescribed then again, it’s up to each individual patient to decide for themselves if the prescribed exercises will be helpful and up to each individual patient to do them at home. If you’re not thoroughly explaining the exercises and making the patient understand why they’re meaningful, THEN you have not done your job. If I’ve learned anything from this experience, it’s that if I want to get better, it’s up to ME. I have to take responsibility for myself and do the hard work even and especially when it sucks.
A Therapist’s Job