4 Things That Physical Therapy Will Help You Do

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The human body is an amazing thing, but it can suffer from illness and injury. After an injury or surgery, you may need help to get back on your feet. Physical therapy can help you rehabilitate your muscles and joints. Here are four key things that physical therapy can help you do:

1. Push your limits without hurting yourself.

Exercising with an injury can be difficult. Pain is your body's way of letting you know that something is wrong. However, exercising after a medical procedure or injury is often uncomfortable. It can be hard to tell the difference between true pain and mere discomfort. Physical therapists have extensive experience working with recovering patients. Your physical therapist will help you push your limits without exceeding them. At times, your physical therapy program may be difficult, but you will remain safe in all your therapy sessions.

2. Recover after having surgery or sustaining an injury.

Your body needs rest after undergoing surgery or suffering an injury. Rest allows your muscles, joints, and bones to repair themselves. You may need to remain inactive for several weeks, depending on the severity of your injury. Immediately returning to your usual exercise regimen after a prolonged period of rest can lead to muscle strain and injuries. However, physical therapy will help you ease back into an active lifestyle. Your physical therapist will prescribe gentle exercises designed to improve your mobility and strength. As you recover, your therapist will gradually increase the intensity of your workouts. Following your physical therapist's plan will help you get back to the activities you love as soon as possible.

3. Strengthen important muscles. 

Muscle imbalances can contribute to pain and injuries. Some people have muscle imbalances they aren't aware of. Your physical therapist can diagnose strength imbalances by watching your body in motion and at rest. Based on their findings, your physical therapist will develop a training regimen designed to strengthen key muscles. As you grow stronger, your muscles can better stabilize vulnerable bones and joints.

4. Learn the proper body mechanics for movement.

If you injured yourself through exercise or heavy lifting, you may be at risk of re-injuring yourself unless you correct your form. Learning proper body mechanics for various movements can help you reduce your risk of future injuries. During physical therapy, your therapist will teach you the proper way to complete various tasks, such as picking up heavy objects, bending down, walking, and running. Using proper form will help you protect your joints and muscles from strain.


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