GOAL-Oriented, Motivational Physical Therapy

We at Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy

want you to get back to your life. By having a complete understanding of what your diagnosis is and how you and your physical therapist can address your issues. We use the personal touch with each and every patient. We work together for goal-oriented, motivational physical therapy. With a greater understanding of you body and specific goals we help you and your body become stronger and healthier so you can go live the life you want.

Working closely with a physical therapist to achieve your goals for better health and less pain


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Goal-oriented, motivational physical therapy helps older patients recover more fully from broken hips, strokes, and other ailments according to a new study.

Enhanced Medical Rehabilitation—an approach in which physical therapists work to engage patients more fully during therapy sessions—helped them recover function better than standard physical.

“The study found that when you engage and motivate people, they do better,” says first author Eric J. Lenze, a professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.

Patients receiving enhanced rehab did not get more or longer therapy sessions. Instead, therapists focused on specific goals important to individual patients, and they delivered, on average, 24 motivational messages about those goals during every therapy session. That approach resulted in a 25% improvement in functional recovery.


The research team studied 229 patients—114 of whom randomly were chosen to receive enhanced intervention and 115 of whom received standard therapy. Each was in a skilled nursing facility while recovering from an injury or illness, such as hip fracture, stroke, or major surgery. Study patients received treatment at the Barnes-Jewish Extended Care and Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village skilled nursing facilities in the St. Louis area.

The enhanced rehab in this study involved the use of motivation during therapy sessions, and the key was centering therapy on goals that were meaningful to the patient.


The findings appear in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Funding for the study came from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health, the Taylor Family Institute for Innovative Psychiatric Research, and the Center for Brain Research in Mood Disorders at Washington University

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