Saturday, August 11, 2007
Wow, talk about your weird mismatches...
But my colleagues who are physiotherapists make it work.
On the other hand, they are getting PAID to make it work.. I guess this is a test run and an education process. Many of my colleagues get their DO or whatever, and extend themselves that way.
Physiotherapy, if I understand the history from Travell and Simons, was originally developed to deal with the effects of polio. You can do the research there, and let me know what you find. I don't recall the reference, except for my Big Red Books (Travell and Simons medical reference) so let me know what you find, if you are curious.
Hubby comes home from hip replacement, and hands me a list of physiotherapy exercises. I don't mind this, and so far I've been politely hanging back until the medical folks are done with him.
He came to me with a kind of to-do list, and what I needed to do to help him get where he was going.
I was really touched.
Here's this guy who simply knows that I will not only do these things, but improve on them.
So far, I have added Pilates pulses to the end movements of his exercises, which I actually owe to my Yoga teacher. If they are good for dancers, they must be good for budoka.
The other thing I have added is correct movement, with my hand on the surgical site to check for "pulling" in the spirit of "put it where it belongs, and ask for movement".
So far I am very impressed with the things they have found to challenge him, a 30+ year veteran of budo.
I am also impressed with his embracing of the process, to get better and get on with his life.
It's the biggest job of my life.
I don't have an imaginary friend, but Whatever help me, if I ever get a bigger one.