Do you need enabling? Enablement & resilience are enormously important to maintaining your mobility. What are they and how do we use them?

Depending upon your starting point enablement can imply many things. From a textbook perspective enablement helps to describe the methods used by physiotherapists at The Moballise Physiotherapy Clinic to support the patients they work with and encourage as much independence as possible. This covers the scope of self-assessment, self-treatment and, with sufficient understanding, ongoing independence in management of life long mobility. In this context, enablement may assist the patient in creation of the opportunity to participate in life tasks and occupations despite physical or mental limitations and environmental barriers.

Enablement is, therefore, a key strategy that patients can employ in developing resilience. Resilience can simply be defined as the ability to stay mentally ‘well’ through difficult times or situations. A patient’s journey through a symptomatic episode can definitely be challenging in this respect. It is a huge part of the physiotherapist’s role to assist their patient to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing.

Wellbeing is at the core of resilience and is changeable to a huge extent.

Our wellbeing, how we are feeling and how well we can cope with day-to-day life, varies every day, sometimes multiple times and is greatly affected by the enormous amount of variables we come into contact with on a daily basis. Having other people that are able to share our journey, whether that be in daily life or at The Moballise Physiotherapy Clinic, will be a significant factor in the ability to adapt and establish resilience.

Hearing from other people that have shared our experience is equally important when developing resilience, especially in light of a painful symptomatic episode. This is exactly why we seek out reviews prior to committing to something. Knowing that other people have had a positive experience really boosts our own resilience.

One of the keystones of developing resilience has been found in rehearsal, practice and repetition. All treatments and ‘homework’ at The Moballise Physiotherapy Clinic id thoughtfully designed to enable the patient to care for their body brilliantly and to develop resilience against future symptomatic episodes.

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