- To explain and help you understand this lack of knowledge on the part of many of my colleagues.
- To provide some guidelines regarding Do's and Don'ts when seeking physical therapy.
Do be willing to alter your lifestyle.
Do avoid fatigue.
Do get enough rest.
Do pace your activities rather than discontinuing them.
Do conserve energy. It may make more sense to spread your activities out, allowing for rest periods, rather than eliminating interests and activities.
Do recognise that your body is aging and some physical changes will occur which are not related to post-polio. There IS a normal aging process even though post-polio may be a part of it.
Do respect your feelings. This may be a difficult adjustment time for you; seeking emotional as well as physical guidance may be a wise thing to consider.
Don't follow advice regarding physical exercise if you become fatigued while doing it.
Don't become short of breath with exercise.
Don't do more than your body feels comfortable doing.
Don't cause pain with activity or exercise.
Don't gain weight.
Don't reject using aids and assisting devices without giving them serious thought. (They are meant to conserve energy and preserve anatomical structures, i.e. joints, muscles, tendons, cartilage and ligaments.) Most are delighted and surprised by the increased endurance and energy they have with the use of canes,wheelchairs, motorized scooters or the many other easily found assisting devices.
- Dean, Elizabeth.Clinical Decision Making in the Management of Late Sequela Poliomyelitis.Physical Therapy Oct. 1991, Vol 71; 10 752 - 761.
- Weiss, Marianne R.Becoming an intelligent Consumer of Physical Therapy Services, Polio Network News Winter and Spring 1993, Vol. 9 Nos. 1 and 2.
APPLAC A LA VANGUARDIA EN EL SINDROME POST POLIO SPP.