SOS Physiotherapy: Relieving Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis

The Spinal Column The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Transitions, they can be welcomed or unwelcomed, expected or unexpected, chosen or imposed, sudden or gradual. Whether moving to a new city, marriage, the birth of a child, divorce, starting a new job, retirement, loss of a loved one, illness or injury, we have all experienced transitions. Wemay even be experiencing one right now. In short, transitions are inevitable and often difficult. I have learned that it is not if you have had life transitions but how you have dealt with them. Utilizing friends, family and your community can greatly aide in the success of a transitional process. As human beings we thrive on routine, predictability and certainty. So change and transitions threaten what we so innately desire. As well, transitions are not swift but can be drawn out of weeks, months and even years. No wonder we fear change, it stresses us out! The beginning stage of change is associated with an array of feelings including loss, fear, denial, anger and sadness. In this stage of change it is important to acknowledge and accept such emotions in order to adequately grieve the previous stage in life. This in turn will allow us to more adequately move into the second stage of transition, “the neutral zone”. The neutral zone is a time between the old and the new. It is gradual and often filled with uncertainty, as well as impatience for the next stage to begin. You might still be attached to your old ways of thinking and your previous role, all while trying to adapt to the new. It is likely a period of time filled with anxiety and confusion. Understandably we want to move on to final stage of transition: a new beginning. A time when we can set new goals, integrate what we have learned, and begin to reinvent ourselves. When my clients come to see me they are in a time of transition. Physical injury and its symptoms can greatly impact the way they carry out their day to day life, forcing them to make changes whether welcoming changes or not. This often includes relying on others to carry out tasks on their behalf. I will often suggest they ask for help from their friends, family or community in order for TRANSITIONS

their symptoms to settle and allow for better therapeutic outcomes. For most of us, asking for help is not an easy or comfortable thing to do. So when my clients express reluctance to ask for help I in turn ask “would you help your friend or family member if they were in need?” Approximately 3 years ago the tables had turned and I was needing to take my own advice. I found myself asking for help but often receiving it before asking. Asking for help although difficult can remind us how we are not alone and that the people who love us want to help especially in times of transition. Through my significant life transition I have been reminded of just how blessed I am with spectacular community, amazing group of friends, family, co-workers and an amazing God send of a girlfriend. In short, it is not if you face life transitions but how you get through them and in turn the blessings that are uncovered along the way. Thank you to all of you who have walked this transition with me and my children (you know who you are)! You havemade the start of my newbeginningmore promising

and joyful! Andrew

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