When is routine motivating?

Told by Piotr Piaskowski, physiotherapist and manual therapist.

Can routine be a positive thing that helps in rehabilitation? How to use the above routine to improve one’s health? Let's look at it from two perspectives, that of the patient and of his therapist.


You can look at routine in rehabilitation in two ways. When it affects a physiotherapist in everyday work, it is definitely something negative, which takes away the joy and pleasure of work. Sometimes, it is said in such cases: "he was a great therapist, but he fell into a rut and now treats all his patients the same way".

However, can routine also have a positive effect for a physiotherapist? Assessing the patient's ability every time in the same, accurate way may result in consistent diagnostics and an objective approach to the results of therapy. And this is also part of routine, isn’t it?

Imagine that a physiotherapist is working on the mobility of our spine and every week performs a simple test of the bend forward to reach the floor with fingers. 

If this is not done routinely every time in the same way, the results may be completely unreliable and the effect of the therapy "distorted". A routine procedure following a pre-set plan in this case is indispensable and very desirable.


The patient is, of course, the other side of the proverbial coin. Physiotherapy is like any other workout: if not done regularly, it does not yield sufficient results. 

Daily exercise routine is necessary for a patient, because in the case of long-term rehabilitation, it is the patient who is largely responsible for its final outcome. In such cases, developing a proper habit/routine may be a great incentive to exercise daily.

On the other hand, sometimes lack of creativity in the rehabilitation process results in the patient routinely performing the same exercises, with the same intensity and the same load for many days/weeks. Such routine should definitely be avoided by introducing new exercises or by consistently making previously recommended motor tasks more difficult.


Routine is an inseparable part of a rehabilitation process and needs not always sound negatively. Introducing routine activities in your daily schedule is a great way to keep up your motivation, but only if such routine goes hand in hand with creative selection of exercises.

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