I was pleased with many very interesting people to interview in the first two weeks. I interviewed 2 physiotherapists, 3 personal trainers, 3 (ex)patients and 1 active and pain-free person. The result of these 9 interviews were two directions that I find interesting:
PRE - What can be done to stay healthy and prevent therapy?
"The biggest problem is our affluent society."
"People sitting in front of a computer all day loose the feeling of pain - they just turn it off."
"The world has become too static."
"My dream is that schools educate their students about their body and health from 1st-12th grade."
"If there was nothing to force the injury, that means: It was you."
"Instead of thinking what we can do to not get sick, we should think about what we can do to stay healthy."
"Athletes are not progressive."
"Not a single golfer warms up."
"They cream when they have problems, but before that they don't do anything."
"We all know we should wear a helmet on the bike, but we don't."
"I feel I have a naturally high level of health."
"Stretching never became a habit."
"I would not want to see data about my physical health in everyday life."
1. Injuries/issues that have not been forced by contact could have been prevented.
2. It is part of our society to question what we can do to not get sick instead of asking what
keeps us healthy.
3. Our society leads to desensitised bodies.
4. As long as people don`t have physical issues, they are not interested in prevention / their
health status or advice.
HMW PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT ALLOWS THEM TO UNDERSTAND THEIR BODY SIGNALS AND INTEGRATE A ROUTINE IN THEIR LIFE, THAT WILL PREVENT PHYSICAL ISSUES THROUGH MORE BODY AWARENESS?
DURING/AFTER - How can the therapy be transformed into a positive experience that patients want to participate in and continue after the therapy?
"It's a collective product."
"80% of patients don't do their exercises."
"Incorrect execution of exercises can be worse than no exercising."
"The patient needs to participate."
"Even though it is about them it feels impersonal to them."
"Injuries become part of us."
"The aim is conscious execution of exercises with a high quality of movement."
"I did exercises when i was in pain."
"I find excuses not to do it."
"I don`t have enough time."
"I don`t think my ankle is back to normal, but how would I know?"
"I think most people don't forgive themselves for not doing the exercises."
"They go to the escape mode, because then they don't have to deal with it anymore."
1. A therapy does not only last 20-30 minutes each week, it can mean changing your whole
2. The therapy can only be successful when the patient participates - it is always a collective
3. There is not enough time to share relevant information with the patient during the treatment.
4. Patients are not motivated to do their exercises, when they are not in pain.
5. Patients not continuing the exercises and prescriptions from their physiotherapist after the
treatment more likely return to therapy than people continuing.
HOW MIGHT WE ALLOW PATIENTS TO KEEP BETTER TRACK OF THEIR PROGRESS DURING THERAPY AS WELL AS AFTERWARDS AND KEEP THEM ATTACHED TO THEIR PRESCRIBED TASKS BY A JOYFUL EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE?