It was the second physio session this morning. After the first session, where it was mostly talking, I was a little sceptical about how much I'd benefit from these sessions but today I left feeling much more positive.
The session started with a talk on pain control which was informative and I came way feeling that I'd added to my knowledge base. We discussed not only the various options for pain relief but also how to use your chosen method correctly - a lot of new information to have a think about. They offer TENS machines you can use on a trial basis and then purchase if you find it works, so that's one possibility, but I think my initial approach will be to use a combination of a pain relieving gel and a heat pad, one of the herbal ones you warm in the microwave. I want to avoid medication if possible as I already take a concoction of tablets every day, so don't want to add more unless I really need to. We finished the session by completing three different exercises each. I tried balancing (need to work on this!), steps, and the static exercise bike.
Whatever pain relief I choose, it has be be backed up by a regular exercise programme so it's time to recharge the Fitbit and restart my walking schedule - tomorrow will be day one! There are quite a few local 'walking for health' groups which I have in mind to join once I've built up a bit of strength and stamina - the shortest 'walk for health' is 45 minutes, so I have quite a bit of work to do first!
This afternoon I'm off to Frome with Julie for a wander round the shops, followed by a meal, and tonight we have tickets to see Ruby Wax's 'Frazzled' show, where she discusses her approach to mindfulness.