12 Tips to Improve Exercise Compliance
Tip #1: One or Two Exercises to Start
Patients are asked to do only one (or at most two) exercises initially, then add more (if needed) after a few weeks.
Tip #2: Every Day Schedule
Tell your patients to “do the exercises every day.” Consistency helps ensure success.
Tip #3: Educate
Make sure the patient knows why the exercise needs to be done, and what benefits to expect. Motivation is much better when a purpose is understood and a mutual goal has been established.
Tip #4: Simple Sets & Reps
Instructions are should be clear and simple. Please ask the doctor to go over any exercise that you are concern about.
Tip #5: No Set Schedule
Any time of day is the right time to exercise; what’s most important is getting the exercises done. We encourage patients to exercise whenever it works for them.
Tip #6: Family Ties
A second person(spouse or parent) accompanying the patient when exercises are taught can be a great ally, and can provide reminders and encouragement.
Tip # 7: Functional Position
Keep patients off the floor! In addition to being easier and more practical, exercising in the upright, weightbearing position trains and strengthens the spine to perform better in everyday activities.
Tip #8: Guided Practice
Demonstrate, then watch and correct your patient’s exercise performance. Positive feedbacks are always advised.
Tip #9: Regular Monitoring
As an internal part of the rehab, all patients must keep an up-to-date exercise log. The exercise logs will be kept at the office.
Tip #10: Rehab Review
Patients will be asked every two weeks if they are following through with the exercise. This allows the doctor to verify that the exercises are done properly, and to correct any faults that creep in. 100% compliance is recommended in order to reach optimal health.
Tip #11: Custom Exercises
Everyone is different. Please let your doctor know of any health issues that may be a contraindication to performing these exercises.
Tip #12: HAVE FUN
Always try your best and forget the rest!!