Starfish Therapies

June 19, 2012

Putting Myself in Someone Else’s Shoes

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So, I am going to be having hip surgery in late July.  Not really how I wanted to spend my summer but sometimes (or a lot of the time) life doesn’t go according to my plan!  Its been interesting for me to watch and notice how I have compensated and adjusted my movements over the course of the last couple of months.  Many of these compensations have been completely unconscious and by time I noticed them they are a habit (that means it is much harder to break).

For instance, I now find myself standing with all of my weight on my right leg.  I have to remember to remind myself to stand with my weight on both legs.  I also have been bending to pick things up from the floor without bending my knees (causing my back to perpetually hurt) so I now have to think about squatting down and engaging my abs every time I want to lower to the ground.  There are a lot of other little things I have noticed as well but what amazed me was how quickly my body made these adjustments without me even noticing it.

The problem with changing a habit is I now have to think about a lot of my movement which isn’t always the most convenient when I am used to moving without giving it a second thought.  This is what got me thinking about how so many of the kids I work with have developed compensatory patterns to help them succeed.  While it is creating a short term fix for them it isn’t always the best in the long run and can develop a habit or movement pattern that can create secondary changes down the road.  I don’t think I ever consciously realized how much thought went into changing a habit and how much practice our kiddos needed so that a new movement pattern became second nature.

Going through this and noticing these small things will help me to focus even more on caregiver education because while I get to see these kids for an hour or so throughout their week its the day to day carryover of the little things that will make the big changes!

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2 Comments »

  1. Sorry you are having to deal with this one. Hope all goes well.

    Comment by Sandra — June 19, 2012 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

  2. I am a pediatric PT, too, and was in a car accident in Jan and had a bone bruise on my femur. I also had pain with squatting (which we do so much of in our job) and had difficulty getting up from half kneeling holding a child. Had no idea I had atrophy in my quads–guess I was in denial (and never looked at my legs in a mirror). I hope your surgery goes well and that when you recover work will be a lot easier for you.

    Comment by boxbot — June 19, 2012 @ 6:50 pm | Reply


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