It’s been very quiet from me this week since on Monday I started my multimodal rehabilitation, and I’ve been absolutely knackered by the time I get home. What is multimodal rehabilitation you might ask… and I’d have a hard time answering.
From what I understand, it’s approaching the problems on several fronts. The rehabilitation is aimed towards people with long-term pain (such as me with my fibromyalgia) and giving them tools to better handle their day-to-day lives and a possible work situation.
To give you an idea, my schedule incorporates the following “classes”. It’s a combination of theory and physical trianing. (Oh and the names might seem odd, it’s because I’m loosely translating them straight from Swedish.)
I’ve only had this twice so far, and it mainly seems to be discussing how to better plan your day-to-day life and finding ways to accept your situation. Improving your quality of life. At this time it seems a bit “out there”, since one of the times we got to choose a picture from a pile that we felt applied to us and then discussed it. So, yeah.. I hope this will seem more worthwhile later on.
We only start this next week, so I’m not entirely certain what it involves yet. All I know is that we’re supposed to get hints and help about what we can do to improve our sleeping patterns.
Something about being “here and now” and not getting too caught up in the past. Having the first one tomorrow, so I don’t exactly know what it is yet.
Walking with staves
You know.. the kind that you use when skiing. Only now you use them when walking.
Colour & Form
This seems a bit odd. I guess it’s about expressing yourself or something? The first lesson we got to draw something in a few seconds by word association.
Body Awareness Training
We’ve had this once so far, and it seems to be about learning to relax and breathe. There was a special kind of massage we got to try out as well, which I have to admit was really nice. I’m usually in so much pain it’s hard for me to receive “regular” massage, but this was just light pressure on your shoulders, and it was quite honestly perfect.
We have a physiotherapist in the team, and she’s meeting us all individually to create a program for us, then we will be doing that in the gym.
I missed the first lesson in this, so I have no idea. Micro-movement with hands? I don’t know. I just hope it doesn’t involve knitting!
I really enjoy this one. It’s a rehab pool which means the water is extra warm, which is lovely for sore muscles!
We lie on mats on the floor and do various movements, stretching and whatnot. Some movements are very close to (if not the same) as yoga.
Being outside a lot it seems. First time we went for a walk where we were told to be quiet and focus on our breathing. Then we had to walk very slowly, and finally very fast. Part of me wishes the entire course was further into Spring, cause it’s not awesome walking outside in the snow and ice.
I’m not sure yet what I think about the whole thing. At the moment it feels like a lot, but it’s probably just because I’m so very, very tired. Some of the things are quite painful for me, but I hope that as the course continues (it lasts for 10 weeks), that will get better and better.
Part of me just wants to lie in bed and sleep instead *lol*