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  1. What are SMART goals?
  2. Why is goal setting important?
  3. How is goal setting used in physiotherapy?

The importance of goal setting

Goal setting is a concept that can be used in all facets of life. As physiotherapists, we commonly adapt the concept of SMART goals with patients when developing a treatment plan. SMART goals were first introduced in the 1980s before they soon became widely implemented both in business and health sectors. Physiotherapist Laura Scott examines how goal setting in commonly used within physiotherapy.

What are SMART goals?

The acronym SMART stands for; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Setting SMART goal provides context and intention compared to other goal setting which can be open ended and vague. For example; “I want to be fitter” compared to “I will run for 15 minutes 3x weekly”. Whilst both goals have a common theme of running and getting fit, the latter provides a plan of how it will be achieved.

Why is goal setting important?

When studies have compared populations who set goals alongside a plan of action against those who don’t, the evidence shows that those with set intentions accomplish far more than those who don’t. Furthermore, the evidence also showed that those who set a plan typically involve friends or family to help keep them accountable.

As humans, we are wired to respond positively to achievements no matter how big or small. Setting short-term goals that are attainable helps to increase your motivation and keep you on track for a more long-term goal. It helps to create a road map of how you will get from A to B without procrastination or disappointment. To stick with the same goal from above perhaps your short term goal is to run for 15 minutes 3x weekly but the long-term goal is to run 10 kms. However, if you were new to running and had such a big goal you’re likely to feel lost and soon lose interest without short term achievements whether it be for mileage or speed.

How is goal setting used in physiotherapy?

In the context of physiotherapy, goal setting is a fundamental part of treatment. You alongside your physiotherapist are likely to develop patient-centered goals which provide direction to treatment and rehabilitation.

In the clinic at the moment you may have seen our growing goals board. We are encouraging everyone to put up their goals whether they be related to physiotherapy, active goals or something more personal. You have the option to be anonymous should you wish. The evidence shows that physically writing down your goal whether it be on paper, on our phone or on our board, you are 20% more likely to achieve your goal.

Personally, I have set myself a goal to run a half marathon in October without stopping so feel free to help keep me accountable.


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Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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