10 Benefits of Physical Therapy

Most of us have heard the term “physical therapy” at some point in our lives – whether hearing about a friend or having to see a physical therapist ourselves.

But few of us actually know the full extent to what the benefits of physical therapy can be.  

Most often people will associate physical therapy with a post-surgery requirement or something you do if you have a sports injury.  But, it can be helpful in many additional circumstances.  

In general, the goal of physical therapy is to help restore physical function or reduce pain, often making it easier to daily tasks or activities.  Improving the way we move and / or how we feel can be beneficial for a broad array of people and health issues.  And can even benefit those individual looking to improve fitness levels or overall wellness.

From reducing pain to improving women’s health – here are 10 benefits of physical therapy:

1. Pain Management:

Physical therapy is a great way to reduce or even eliminate pain.  Its one of the most common reasons people go to physical therapy.  Through therapeutic exercises and other forms of manual therapy, physical therapy can help manage pain, and rehabilitate muscle and joint functions to prevent pain re-occurrence.

Physical therapy has been shown to be as beneficial, if not more, than prescription medication for helping to reduce pain in many instances.  It is a great way to avoid or lessen opiod dependency for pain management.

2. Recovery and Prevention for Sports Injuries:


From the little league level, all the way to professional athletics, non-surgical sports injuries are a common occurrence. Physical therapy is one of the best and safest treatments for athletic-related injuries.

Many physical therapy practices even specialize in sports injuries and can help athletes combat the mental and emotional affects of their injury. Missing a season and sitting on the sidelines can be a large psychological burden for injured athletes.

3. Prevent and/or Recover from Surgery:

Early physical therapy interventions have been shown to help prevent current health conditions from worsening to the point where surgery is needed.  And, for certain conditions (like meniscal tears and rotator cuff tears), physical therapy has even been effectively used as a replacement for surgery.

If surgery is needed, physical therapy, both before (for conditions like ACL tears or joint replacements) and after surgery, is an effective method for ensuring optimal recovery outcomes.


4. Stroke Recovery:

It is common for victims of a stroke to experience an impairment in ease of movement. Physical therapy can assist stroke victims recover and regain their weakened functioning, as well as their gait and balance. Overall, this improved functioning translates to increased independence for the stroke victim and a lesser burden on the caregiver.

5. Improved and Maximized Movement:

Physical therapy, through methodical exercise plans and progressive stretching routines, strengthen your muscles and joints, improving your flexibility and mobility! This means that you can do everyday movements and activities, such as bending, walking, and stretching, with more ease and comfort.

6. Assist with Diabetes management:

Physical therapy involves intentional movement and stretches. In its most basic sense, physical therapy is therapeutic exercise. And exercise is highly effective at controlling blood sugar, making it a useful tool for managing diabetes and vascular conditions.

7. Improved Balance and Coordination:

While we all have our clumsy moments, there is a population out there who truly needs help with coordination and stability problems.  Physical therapy can help. By safely challenging balance, physical therapy helps to improve coordination and overall balance, preventing falls and stumbles.

8. Manage Gender Specific Health Issues:

From breast cancer and constipation, to fibromyalgia and pelvic pain, physical therapy can help with many gender specific conditions, improving patients ability to manage them in their everyday lives.

9. Assist with Heart And Lung Disease Management:

Sometimes we forget that we can consciously exercise our heart and lungs (afterall, our heart is a muscle!). This means that physical therapy can target heart and lung related diseases through conditioning and breathing exercises, even helping patients clear fluid in the lungs! Overall, physical therapy can improve the quality of life for many suffering from these diseases.

10. Manage Aging Issues:

From joint replacements to arthritic and osteoporotic conditions, aging presents many challenges to the body’s bones and muscles. Physical therapy can help people avoid, manage, and maybe even recover from these ailments.

Clearly, physical therapy has many benefits and can help with many health problems!

We hope that you now better understand the purposes and benefits of physical therapy. 

Maybe all these benefits have influenced you to consider incorporating physical therapy into your wellness journey, we know it certainly inspired us!

Visit http://www.tiyagahealth.com to see how we are helping you stay motivated with your daily exercises! 


3 Ways to Feel More Satisfied and Valued at Work When You Are Injured or in Pain

The 4th installment of our Six Dimensions of Wellness series in here! We want to talk about how to maintain occupational wellness.  In other words, how do you stay satisfied with your work and continue to feel valued even when you are injured or in pain and not able to do everything that you used to do.

When we are injured or in pain, we are not at our best.  And when we are not at our best, work often suffers.

And that is not because we don’t want to do our best at work, but sometimes it is just not possible to do the work in the same way when are not feeling physically well.

When the work suffers, sometimes people must move positions or start working part time, leading to dissatisfaction with work and / or not feeling as valued as before.  These aspects of life – feeling satisfied with what you are doing and feeling valued – are an extremely important part of overall wellness, so it is critical to find ways to get those feelings back.

Despite all the work-related challenges that individuals face when injured or in pain, there are still ways to use your skills to contribute to society in a way that makes you feel satisfied and valued.  Here are 3 suggestions we have found that work well:

1. Share Your Skills in a New Way.

Everyone has a skill or an expertise that can be valued by someone else.  Maybe you can share your skills as a part-time consultant, or find work on a site like upwork.com, freelancer.com, or Catalant.  Or you could look into volunteering for an organization or a church group that could benefit from your skills, or even just your companionship and time.

2. Explore a Side Project.

Have you always wanted research a topic, start a business, or become an artist?  Why not explore that side project now? This will allow you to build new functional skills that you can employ elsewhere, or even help you start a new career that you really enjoy.

 3. Share Your Voice.

No matter the injury or the person, everyone has unique experiences and has a unique voice.  Why not share that voice by starting a blog, writing a book, or even joining a community where your voice can be heard.  Check out the Active Injury Recovery Support Group on Facebook.

If you try any of these ideas, let us know! Or do you have any additional ideas as to how to feel satisfied and valued with your work even if you are not working the same way you used to.  Please comment here or on our Facebook page.

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Wishing you a pain-free and fast recovery!

The Tiyaga Health Team


Wellness Wednesday: 3 ways to Achieve Physical Health & Wellness When Injured or in Pain.

Last week we wrote about maintaining emotional wellness, but we know that when someone is injured or in pain, physical wellness is really what is at top of their mind.

The good news is that even if you are injured or in pain, there are ways to improve and maintain physical health and wellness.

Hettler’s Six Dimensions of Wellness says there is more to physical wellness than simply being in top physical shape. That means if you are injured, have problems with mobility or activity, and/or are in constant pain, there are still a number of things that you can do to work towards feeling physically well.

How is it possible to feel physically well when you are injured or are in pain?

Physical wellness is all about maintaining physical health through physical activity, good nutrition, proper sleep, and maintaining other healthy habits.  We know it is much harder to stay active and practice other healthy habits when you don’t feel well, so we are offering you 3 ways to improve physical wellness:

Find new ways to stay active. 

We know that when you are injured or in pain the physical activity part of the equation is seems difficult if not impossible.  But rather than give up on activity, turn your thoughts to thinking about new ways that you can stay active.

If you have trouble walking, can you strengthen your upper body or maybe find an arm bike for some cardio?  If you can’t run, can you try hiking or going for a walk with friends?  If you have knee pain, are there ways you can strengthen your core or your quads that don’t hurt your knees?  Ask your physical therapist or another medical professional what would be safe for you to do. 

Focus on your nutrition.  

Good nutrition and eating well are critical pieces to achieving and maintaining physical health and wellness.  When you have an injury or are in pain, you may not be able to do all of the activities you want, but not use your recovery time to find healthy recipes or learn to cook? There are tons of new apps and websites that suggest ways to practice proper nutrition and learn to cook inexpensive, delicious meals for yourself and your family.

If you don’t know where to start, reach out to a nutritionist or other medical professional for some easy tips and tricks to start improving your nutrition.

Adhere to your recovery program.

If you are injured, recently had surgery, or are in pain it is likely that you are seeing a physical therapist or other medical professionally who has provided a list of movement or breathing exercises to help you recover.  Not only will these exercises be critical to making sure you improve, but they are also a great way to stay active in a safe and monitored way.

Remember consistency is key during recovery and self-care is a crucial aspect of feeling physically well.

Let us know if these ideas work for you and if you have something that has worked that isn’t listed here please share it!

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Wishing you a pain-free and fast recovery!

The Tiyaga Health Team