Home Program

The home program is an integral part of long-term symptom control. This may include an exercise program consisting of stretching and strengthening movements, behavior changes to control symptoms, movements or techniques to alleviate symptoms, and strategies for setting up their environment (including use of adaptive equipment). The home program empowers the patient to control their own symptoms and is advanced over time until the patient is independent. It is important that the size of the program fits into the time that the patient is available. Otherwise, the patient will not be compliant, and the resulting failure can fuel further psychological dysfunction. We recommend using a written home program that includes diagrams or pictures so that the patient does not forget what is expected. The clinician should check the program at each visit to make sure that the patient is following it and to address any difficulty that the patient might encounter.

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