Physiotherapy and the benefits

Hi there and welcome back to my blog. How are you? I hope that you are well. Today, I’m going to talk about the physiotherapy that I’ve started with the Myton Hospice in Coventry. I’ve started going since December last year and finished in March, this year, and I’m seeing improvements.

Ever since I was a child, I would struggle with balance. I couldn’t ride a bike as a child or an adult. Since my diagnosis, my balance has gotten worse. I would struggle carrying a cup of tea and I would constantly trip over and fall down

Ever since I started physiotherapy, I’ve been able to carry a cup of tea and a plate at the same time and I rarely trip over anymore.

So how did I do it?

Stand and sit
Try to stand on one leg

Stand and sit
What you have to do, is sit down on a dining room chair and get up and sit down over and over again. You do this five times in a row, once a day to start off and then you do it twice a day. After that you increase the number of times that you stand and sit by one and then you increased it by one every week.

Try to stand on one leg
What you do is you try and stand on one leg, for as long as you can. You stand next to a table or countertop, for support. This exercise is really tricky especially when you have a weak side of the body, like me.

The stand and sit exercise is a simpler version of a squat, where you go down and up over and over again, without using a chair. The stand on one leg is just standing on one leg.

So how am I doing now?

Well, I can carry a cup of tea and sometimes two at the same time. OK, I take small steps when carrying a cup of tea but I’m slowly improving.

Another couple of benefits that I’m getting from physiotherapy is a little bit of my independence.

Jo, the physiotherapist, said that I need to start shaving by myself, join a ukulele group and attempt to give eye drops to myself. The first two, I’ve been doing for a few months. The last one, I’m able to give myself one dosage for over 70 days. I struggle with the eye drops in the afternoon and evening because of my fatigue, but the morning ones, I’ve got it down.

Recently at a MacMillans group get together, Jo was there with leaflets on being active. One of the items was about Tai Chi and how it can improve your balance. From that week, I started to do Tai Chi every week. In fact, only this past week, when I was practicing Tai Chi at home, I was able to stand on one leg without holding on to anything.

Well, that’s it. Once again, I just want to thank a few people. Firstly, I would like to thank my mum, dad, sister and my Naughty Mamaji, for being by my side, throughout everything. I would like to thank Louise from BTS for sharing this with the community. I would like to thank Kanika, Shirley and everyone at Carers Trust for giving me the confidence to sharing my story and I would like to thank Joe for motivating me to getting back on the horse. And I would like to thank everyone at the hospital, my family and friends and everyone who I’ve met on this journey.

The next time, I’m going to talk about items that I use every day or did use everyday. Please feel free to leave a comment and don’t forget, if you the link at the end of this blog and buy something from Amazon, 100% of the money that I get goes to Brain Tumour Support.

Thanks and I will see you next time.