I've read this and just wonder if you've been told how to activate certain muscle groups correctly? When I've been to physio myself I've often felt like I'm 'just waving my arms about' and know its a concern of many of my clients. I often find though, that the technique and aim of the exercise often hasn't been described correctly/in enough depth. It's hard to describe without demonstration or 1:1 contact but I'll try!
You need to activate the muscles that you want to do the job. Really concentrate on that area and make it work for you! Some examples (don't try them if you have the slightest thought that they may hurt you
they are just the easiest ones to describe) are:
- Lowering your arms from above your head. (with elbows wide as if standing with your back against a wall).
This can be done using mainly the shoulders and upper back, and very often is! However, you should really use your mid back to do it. Concentrate on pulling together the muscles just below your shoulder blades while doing it and you should find that it goes from a simple movement that you can't feel working to one which is strengthening the area.
- Lying flat on the floor face up and lifting your legs with only a slight bend in them. (Don't do this one if you have lower back problems!) This can be done so that you use your hips, thighs or lower abs. The exercise is usually meant for strengthening the lower abs but people often feel it in their legs and hips until they are taught how to activate the abs.
Finally, if you don't mind me asking, what are the exercises? (PM me if you want). Much of my jobs is to develop exercise programmes to complement clients physio treatment, and I have done so for myself too. There may be some simple ways to make the exercises a little more advanced if needs be.
I am willing to make some suggestions on how to do this but must stress to forward these on to your physio before starting them! I have often found easy ways to advance things and physio's have said that they are useful but that doesn't mean they will be useful to you too. As I don't know the specifics of your condition you should definitely run any suggestions buy whoever usually gives you exercises.
Hope that helps.