In the physical therapy clinic, I usually experience three different types of patients when it comes to motivation. First there are those patients who are gung ho and who need to be corralled in to prevent injury while things are healing. I often find myself pulling the reins to keep those types from overdoing it.
The next type of patient is the one who will do exactly what they are asked to do. They do not need any pushing or extra motivation, and they don't do anything too crazy that could jeopardize their recovery process.
Finally, there are those patients who need a little extra push. They may be anxious about moving a body part that has been injured, and they may need a little extra encouragement to stay motivated during rehabilitation.
Of course, these three patient types are my own opinion based on very un-scientific research and anectodal evidence. You may find that you do not fit any of these patient types.
So what kind of physical therapy patient are you? Do you need to be pushed, left alone, or roped in?