JohnstonPT: Living Life Without Back Pain



NOTES FROM ANDREW I hope you all had a chance to read notes from Grant in last month’s newsletter. He has some great thoughts that I have totally stolen and the phrase – “I can’t” we almost always try to figure out why you believe that. Maybe it is a safety concern, fear of pain, a weakness or even a mobility limitation that keeps you from attempting a task that we might ask. It’s not that you shouldn’t have those thoughts – we just don’t want those thoughts having so much power that it changes your willingness to try things that really should make your rehab process better.

been using with my patients. His growth mindset and fixedmindset thought processes are quite insightful. If you haven’t read “notes fromGrant” from last months newsletter – I would recommend going back and looking at on our website where you can find our past newsletters. Grant’s article made me think of some of the ways I have tried to communicate the importance, or maybe better said, power of our own thoughts in not only making the most out of our rehab sessions but anything you want to accomplish in life. If you have ever spent any significant time in our clinic, you will likely hear me or one of our other therapists’ challenge patients when they tell us “I can’t”. It’s a common thing to hear and completely understandable to have this type of thought when things hurt or we have an injury that is keeping us fromdoing something we want to do, or keeping us from doing it the way we want to do it. At Johnston Physical Therapy and Elevate Physical Therapy I think it is safe to say that we view the phrase “I can’t” as almost a dirty word. It really doesn’t help anyone accomplish anything. We are not so mean that we would ask you to try something we did not think should be able to do or should be working towards being able to do. So when we hear

I’m not naïve enough to think that there aren’t things that we actually can’t do. But when our thought process, and even our speech, says “we can’t” - it is as if it we are giving ourselves permission not to try. One of the goofy phrases we will try to replace “I can’t” with is “it is difficult for me to do that right now”. I know it’s cheesy, but controlling our thoughts can truly impact how successful we can be. When we partner the “it is difficult” thought process with the appropriate modification of a task someone tells us they “can’t do” rapidly becomes something they are successfully doing. I have seen it time and time again in clinic, and in my home with our kids, when we change thought process from “I can’t”, to ”it’s difficult”, we see almost instant improvement. That doesn’t mean a cure – or instant success – but movement in the right direction. I love a quote Henry Ford is is known for : “whether you believe you can or you can’t - you’re right”. So even when things are difficult, or not achievable today, the mindset of “I can” helps us back to the pathway to success faster. If you are struggling with an “I can’t” issue, give us a call to see if we can help you change your mindset and get you back on the path to “I CAN!!!”


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