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Youngsun Kim

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Stop treating people like dead


So, there's this wild story about a co-worker who was giving therapy to someone in the ICU, thinking the patient was just super sedated. Turns out, the patient had passed away an hour earlier. Yes, you heard that right. The therapist was moving and bending a patient who wasn't even alive. When they found out, you can only imagine the shock and the therapist, let's say, the colorful language that followed.

This story might make you chuckle or give you the creeps, but it's actually a pretty big eye-opener about something we don't talk about enough in hands-on therapy. We're in this routine of doing things the way they've always been done, mostly involving passive treatments where patients lie in bed, not really moving. It's kind of like treating them as if they're, well, not alive.

The Problem with Just Lying There

Let's get real for a sec. If you're just lying there while someone else moves your limbs around, are you really getting better? It's like the body is saying, "Hey, I'm not part of this process," which isn't the vibe we want.

From Zero to Hero: Making Therapy Active

So, here's the deal: we need to mix things up and bring some life into how we do therapy. It's all well and good to work on muscles and joints while someone's lying down, but what happens when they stand up and the world's not just a bed? Suddenly, everything's a struggle because we haven't trained the brain to get with the program.

We've got to start treating people like the complex, amazing beings they are, not just a collection of parts. That means getting the brain involved from the get-go. Therapy should be about doing stuff that mimics real life, getting patients to move and groove in ways they'll actually use once they're out of bed.

Making It Happen: Therapy That Rocks

Here's the bottom line: therapy needs to be a two-way street. We can't just poke and prod. We've got to get patients in on the action, making them the stars of their own recovery show. It's about setting goals that matter to them, stuff they'll need to do every day, like walking, grabbing stuff, or just moving around without feeling like it's a marathon.

Think about it this way: if your therapy session feels more like a team-up than a check-up, we're on the right track. It's about making every move count, with the patient's mind and body fully tuned in. That way, when they're ready to tackle the world again, their body won't be like, "Uh, what are we doing?"

Wrapping It Up

The tale of the therapist and the ICU patient might have started as a bit of a horror-comedy, but it's got a serious message for all of us in the biz. Let's shake up the old ways and bring some energy and life back into hands-on therapy. Because at the end of the day, we're not just fixing bodies; we're helping people get back to living their best lives. Let's make therapy something everyone's actively pumped about.

Dr. Youngsun Kim
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