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! 

 

Why Consistency is Key for Success in Home Exercise Programs.

Lauren Menino, MS, OTR/L, an Occupational Therapist at NYU Langone Health, joins us today to talk more about why consistency is key for successful home exercise programs.

Why Consistency is Key.

Though dosage and duration will vary for each individual and injury, research into many different therapeutic interventions demonstrates that consistency is a primary factor impacting client outcomes.

Each component of a home exercise program is selected by your therapist to focus on a specific muscle group or movement pattern. Form and alignment are essential for clients to understand to target the appropriate body segments and prevent injury. Research on learning theory confirms that learning via repeated practice leads to improved recall and carryover.

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.

You, and your body, can more easily repeat something the right way when you have done it over and over. And, when you don’t have to think about the basics of each exercise, you have a chance to focus on specifics such as positioning, stabilizing other muscles, and breathing, to get the most out of your program.

My top five tips for remembering to do your exercises:

1. Figure out what works for you. Does it help to complete your program the morning to alleviate pain throughout the day? Can you make it part of stretch or cool down during a workout? Do you do it during commercials while watching TV? Can it fit as part of your routine when you wake up or before bed?

2. Build it into your schedule. Make your program work for your day so it becomes a habit rather than a burden. Set a goal and keep track of how consistently you follow your program so you can acknowledge progress.

3. Ask your therapist for specifics. Time and frequency, what are the “must do’s” for days when your schedule or your body challenge you.

4. Set a reminder or sign up for a daily reminder service. Visual, auditory or multi-sensory- something to catch your attention. The hardest part is showing up, so have what you need organized that way when you’re ready to start you don’t first have to go running for equipment.

5. Find your motivation. Remind yourself the value of what you are working towards. In the end, your doctor, therapist, etc. are your guides, but you are the primary driver in your recovery.

Lauren Menino, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist at NYU Langone Health

References: 

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Brewer, B. W., Cornelius, A. E., Van Raalte, J. L., Tennen, H., & Armeli, S. (2013). Predictors of adherence to home rehabilitation exercises following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58(1).

Chen, C. Y., Neufeld, P. S., Feely, C. A., & Skinner, C. S. (1999). Factors influencing compliance with home exercise programs among patients with upper-extremity impairment. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 53.

Helfrich, C. (2014). Principles of Learning and Behavioral Change. In Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Palazzo, C., Klinger, E., Dorner, V., Abdelmajid, K., Theirry, O., Boumenir, Y., Martin, W., Poiraudeal, S., & Ville, I. (2016). Barriers to home-based exercise program adherence with chronic low back pain: Patient expectations regarding new technologies. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 59

Are you someone who has exercises and/or stretches you are supposed to be doing everyday, but always seem to forget? Let us help you remember, and help you start feeling better fast! Sign up via facebook messenger here or for our SMS text service here.

Wishing you a fast recovery!

The Tiyaga Health Team

Inspiration from the Tour de France: Tips and Tricks to Help Prevent and Manage Cycling Injuries.

All of us here at Tiyaga Health have really been caught up in the Tour de France cycling race this year! So, we decided to share helpful prevention and recovery resources specifically for cycling related injuries!

The most common cycling injuries are:

These common cycling injuries can be improved or even prevented by strengthening and stretching exercises. We found these online articles to be great resources to learn how to manage and prevent cycling-related injuries!

  1. How to Prevent the 6 Most Common Cycling Injuries is a great resource to learn more details about the most common cycling injuries, and how to prevent them.
  2. How to Avoid Lower Back Pain While Cycling tells you all about the likely causes of back pain (it comes down to bike fit, core muscle stability, and riding style), and how to prevent it in the future!
  3. How To Recover From Fear After Injury: Fight or Flight? talks all about the challenges of coming back from a cycling crash, with extra emphasis on the mental barriers and how to overcome them and confidently return to the saddle.
  4. 5 Ways to Speed up Recovery from Cycling Injuries does just what is says, offering some great tips to quicken your recovery (Spoiler! It all boils down to rest, bike setup, self-care, physiotherapy, and building fitness back up slowly)
  5. Avoiding Injury – 9 Stretches for Cyclists offers physiotherapist recommended exercises designed to help increase your flexibility and strengthen your muscles to prevent common cycling injuries

We really hope that these resources help you more easily and quickly get back to cycling and to your optimal physical and mental health! As entertaining as the Tour de France is, its nothing to the actual ride itself! Here’s to getting you back on the bike, ASAP!

-The Tiyaga Health Team

Struggling with an injury and in physical therapy? Let us help! Our customized exercise reminders keep you on track with your exercises and help jumpstart your recovery! http://www.tiyagahealth.com

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Information, exercises, and all other Content provided on the Site are not be taken as medical advice.   The information provided is not intended to diagnose or treat or to be used as an alternative to medical advice.  All individuals are urged to consult a licensed healthcare professional before starting any exercise or movement program, including the exercises that are listed on the Site.

Sunday at Wimbledon: Tips and Tricks to Help Prevent and Manage Tennis-Related Injuries.

A big congratulations to Roger Federer for his win at Wimbledon today! In honor of Sunday at Wimbledon, we wanted to share some tips and tricks to help tennis enthusiasts prevent and manage tennis-related injuries.

Tennis is a full body sport, incorporating leg, chest, shoulder, arm, wrist, back, neck, and abdominal muscles.

The most common tennis-related injuries include:

In order to prevent and/or manage some of these more common injuries, exercises aimed at stretching and strengthening are essential.  Here at Tiyaga Health, we did some research on tennis injury prevention and management and here is what we found:

  1. Tennis.com says Save the static stretches for after your match and warm up with dynamic stretching followed by an on court warm up.

 

  1. Brigham Health offers tips to help prevent and treat common tennis injuries: tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis and ankle sprains.

 

  1. Shoulder injuries are very common in the sport. com offers some suggestions on The Best Exercises to Prevent Tennis Shoulder

 

  1. com outlines 5 Foam Rolling Exercises to Prevent Common Tennis Injuries related to prevention and management of common upper body tennis-related injuries.

 

  1. The UK National Sports Medicine Institute article on tennis injuries explains causes, symptoms, and common treatments for tennis elbow, ankle sprains, stress fractures, shoulder pain and injuries, wrist injuries, knee injuries and leg injuries.

We hope these tips and tricks help you get back on the court quickly!

Wishing you an easy and fast injury recovery!

-The Tiyaga Health Team

Struggling with an injury and in physical therapy? Let us help! Our customized exercise reminders keep you on track with your exercises and help jumpstart your recovery! http://www.tiyagahealth.com

DISCLAIMER: We strive to create Content that would be of interest and value to individuals recovering from pain and injury.  The founder of this Site is not a licensed medical professional.  Use of the Site or any content on the site, including but not limited to text, software, scripts, code, designs, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos and all other content (“Content”) is not a substitute for working with a licensed medical professional.   The information on this site is not intended to assess or diagnose health conditions and is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed physician.  All individuals should consult a licensed medical professional prior to starting any exercise or movement program.   The Content of this website is intended for individual education and information purposes only.

Information, exercises, and all other Content provided on the Site are not be taken as medical advice.   The information provided is not intended to diagnose or treat or to be used as an alternative to medical advice.  All individuals are urged to consult a licensed healthcare professional before starting any exercise or movement program, including the exercises that are listed on the Site.