Can’t afford to treat an injury? Here’s why DIY rehabilitation is a good thing  

treat injury without moneyTreating an injury, there are all sorts of problems that you have to overcome, with both psychological and physical hurdles. Not least in what holds many people back on the road to recovery can be limited financial resources. Not having the money to pay for a professional trainer, or for some of the perceived necessary equipment, can certainly hinder your progress – but if you use it as a reason not to put in the effort to overcome your problems, it is an excuse, not an insurmountable obstacle. And we don’t care for excuses here. Here’s why money should not be an issue when it comes to taking care of your body:

Resolving an injury without money

If you haven’t got enough money to pay a professional to help you overcome an injury, you’re going to have to work harder for yourself. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Regular readers of this blog will know that one of our main tenets here is that it’s up to you to succeed in rehabilitation and training. Whether you want to or not, you can’t pay someone to do it for you.

What you may pay someone for is to prepare a schedule, to monitor your progress and provide learned expertise on what needs to be done. That’s valuable information, but it’s also information that you can teach yourself. Do your own research, put in some hard work yourself and you’ll find that what you need to know to plot that course to success can come cheaply. You just need to pay for it with time and effort.

In the long run, that attitude required to personally understand and address your problems yourself is crucial to ongoing success in health and fitness. And it is something that is more valuable than any advice you can buy. People who can immediately afford the best and brightest trainers may get levels of expertise and equipment at their disposal that others can only imagine, but they may also develop the attitude that their injuries are something that money can cure. That if you spend enough, your problems will go away. When it comes to the day to day functioning of your body, this could not be further from the truth.


Believing that you need to pay someone else to tell you what to do with your body is a stumbling block when it comes to recovering from an injury. It removes your own agency, when you should be doing everything you can to understand and address your problems yourself. Relying on someone else, or some expensive piece of equipment, to resolve your personal body problems, will lead to inferior results by removing your personal responsibility. Fitness is not a service where you can pay people to do the work for you. You can pay people to help you along the way, but whether you have the help or not, your ultimate success will depend on your own efforts. Without help, you may need to put in more effort – but even if you could afford help, putting in more effort is never a bad thing.

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One Response to Can’t afford to treat an injury? Here’s why DIY rehabilitation is a good thing  

  1. Nicholas Rivera says:

    Hey Chris, you may remember me from roughly around 3-5 months ago.I was the nineteen year old who had dislocated his right patella, & then had my insurance play keep away with my physical therapy for months. I was wondering if I could get you to contact me. I loved this article because it directly applies to myself, & many others suffering the same way.

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