This got me thinking of what we do when we have a complex or old injury that someone has come in for some help. Following the steps can be vital in getting a great result and of course working as a team to ensure everything runs smoothly.
When decorating this means clearing the room of everything. That is a job in itself. Then there is filling in the holes in the walls, sanding, then clean. As they say if you take the time with your preparation most of the other steps go well.
When you have an old or complex injury there is a lot involved. There will be different areas of muscles involved that aren’t part of the injury, but they have switched on to keep you moving or to do some day to day activities.
First is to make sure you share everything when it comes to what is happening. You may not think that the inside of your knee has anything to do with your back or shoulders, but it does give me a good picture of how your body is supporting you and what other areas need help and support as well.
Well who thought this task would be the most time consuming. Thinking this would be easy we just taped away, but what a job. Get this right and as the professionals say, the lines are good and the job looks good as well.
Getting the body ready to get help can be for some people a slow process. We usually start off by addressing balance, stance and usually sleep patterns are the first to improve.
Order of work/assistance
When painting from ceiling to floor, did you know there is an order you should do this to ensure it is easier. We learnt this when asking questions but once you know it makes sense – ceiling, trims and doors then last is the walls. Of course don’t forget your base coat, primer before anything.
We start by working on the outer or first level of your muscles. There are many areas of muscles and we can’t help a deep level muscle without giving the first level the attention it deserves otherwise the pain/tension cycle will continue.
The colour, the whole reason you starting doing this paint job in the first place.
This is when we start to target the actual injury. All the other affected areas have settled down and aren’t causing any issues. For some this does mean that this area can seem more painful or tight as there is nothing else causing issues. When this happens some people think they have gone backwards when in fact everything has been narrowed down to the specific or targeted injury area.
When done you stand back and look at your handiwork – pleased expression on your face, well I did. First DIY paint job and it wasn’t too bad. Then comes the return of the furniture, and then maintenance. Maintenance you say, what do you need to do for maintenance of the room – well that is actually the cleaning and keeping it tidy.
This is when I see excitement on the faces of my clients. They are doing some normal everyday activities they couldn’t do before or they have started back doing something that they couldn’t do before the injury – the ultimate goal they had when coming to see me. They can do more and achieve more than before.
What is good to do now is to keep the flow and rhythm going that we have achieved. Keep your body moving and working the way it should. Schedule in your maintenance sessions. They could be every 4, 5 or 6 weeks apart. This usually depends on how your body feels with these breaks. Does going to 6 weeks means your muscles are quite sore and tight? Maybe try 5 weeks apart and see how that goes.
For me, personally, I have a session with a colleague every 4-5 weeks. This keeps me moving and in tune to help you.
By following the steps and working together we can make a difference and you can do more and achieve more.