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! 


Add Yoga to Your Routine for Injury Recovery & Prevention: Local Nashville Yoga Studios to Try

We recently posted about the 10 benefits of starting a daily stretching routine – Consistent stretching has a ton of benefits from helping you feel better physically, increasing mobility, reducing pain, and preventing injuries.

“A daily regimen will deliver the greatest gains” –  Harvard Health

One way to start adding more stretching into your day is by checking out a local Yoga studio.  Yoga is a great way to stretch your limbs and increase your flexibility, in addition to the many benefits it has for those dealing with injury recovery.


Research says that “Stress  been shown to be one of the factors leading to musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) such as: include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder or neck tension, eye strain, or headaches and 

Yoga…can reduce stress and relieve muscular tension or pain.”

So if you are feeling tight or suffering from muscle tension or pain, adding in yoga could be a great answer for you.

Still not convinced? Check out the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s comments on yoga  – “yoga can be beneficial to injury recovery”.   But, always remember to check with your health care provider before starting any new exercise or stretch routines.

Since we are a local Nashville company, we wanted to share some studios that are in our area.  If you live in Nashville, please check out the list below.

Here are some of our favorite local Nashville yoga studios:


We hope these resources help you get your stretch on, Nashville!



Visit http://www.tiyagahealth.com to see how we are helping to improve injury recovery.  


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Taking Control of Your Health: 10 Benefits to Starting a Daily Stretching Routine

“Stretching is an excellent thing you can do for your health” – Harvard Medical School

Many of us often have tight muscles and/or suffer from various physical aches and pains, which is normal since over 85% of Americans suffer from some sort of physical ailment during their lifetime. 

But what can we as individuals do about it? There are certainly physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers to help – but ultimately the responsibility of our own health and wellbeing falls on us.

So what are some ways that we can take control of our own care?  Sticking to a daily stretching routine is a great place to start!

Consistent stretching has a myriad of benefits from helping you feel better physically, increasing mobility, reducing pain, and preventing injuries.  According to Harvard Health, stretching is important for all ages, but it is especially important as you age since joints can become less flexible over time making it harder to do everyday movements and tasks.

Take a look at the top 10 benefits of starting a daily stretching routine:

1. Improves Posture. Stretching the lower back, hamstrings, chest, and shoulders can help keep the spine in better alignment, making it easier to have good posture. Good posture can also help reduce neck and back pain.

2. Reduces Pain and Soreness. Stretching relaxes your muscles, helping to reduce pain caused from muscle spasms and tightness.  Stretching alongside workouts also helps muscles to relax and restore through increased blood flow and resulting nutrient supply.

3. Decreases Injury Risk. Flexible muscles are less prone to injury.

4. Improves Athletic Performance. Regular stretching helps muscles relax and enables muscles to work most effectively during exercise.

5. Improves Range of Motion. Increased flexibility in your muscles helps improve range of motion in your joints making daily tasks easier and less tiring.

6. Speeds up Recovery. Stretching helps speed up the recovery process after exercise, and it also helps lower your heart rate after a workout, which is critical for an effective cool down.

7. Relieves Stess. Stretching can help jumpstart the mind and body by allowing tight muscles to relax and increasing overall blood flow. Stretching also releases endorphins and can help you sleep better, all proven to be beneficial for relieving stress.

8. Improves Energy Levels. Muscles tighten when you are tired, making you feel lethargic. Some quick stretches can help you re-energize.

9. Improves Coordination and Balance. Improving and maintaining full range of motion can help improve coordination and balance, keeping you more mobile and less prone to injury.

10. Improves Circulation. Stretching increases blood flow which increases nutrient supply and gets rid of waste byproducts. Proper circulation helps your body function properly.

Though occasional stretching is good, it isn’t going to give you the most benefits.

“a daily regimen will deliver the greatest gains… as with all types of exercise, you need to engage in stretching regularly in order to reap lasting benefits.” –  Harvard Health

The key to a great routine, is consistency.

“[not doing] regular stretching means you risk losing the potential benefits. For instance, if stretching helped you increase your range of motion, your range of motion may decrease again if you stop stretching.”  – Mayo clinic

So remember, start stretching today and keep stretching often for a healthier, happier you!

Make sure to consult your physician or physical therapist before starting a new stretching routine.  Always make sure to stretch safely and be sure to use proper technique.  Stretching incorrectly can actually do more harm than good.  If you are looking for a place to start, a physical therapist can show you the best types of stretches given your unique conditions and goals.

 Are you someone who could benefit from a little extra motivation to stick to your daily exercise or stretching routine? 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.




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.

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 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



Wellness Wednesday: How to Stay Emotionally Well During Injury Recovery.

We opened our Wellness Wednesday series last week with an overview of the Six Dimensions of Wellness, and how that model can be applied to injury recovery.  We received some feedback that a deeper dive into each category – physical, emotional, occupational, social, intellectual, and spiritual – would be valuable.

So, today we look at Emotional Wellness, and how to stay emotionally well during injury recovery / while you are managing pain.

What is Emotional Wellness

Being emotionally well, according Hettler’s model, means that you can recognize and accept whatever feelings you are having at a given time or on a given day.  It does not mean you must be happy all the time.  Instead, being emotionally well means that you can recognize when you are maybe depressed, lonely, or energetic and manage those emotions in a positive way.

Being emotionally well means you recognize emotions and manage them in a positive way.

How does the concept of emotional wellness apply to injury recovery and pain management?

Knowing from my own experiences, being injured and in pain often triggers a mix of emotions – sadness, despair, motivation, excitement – many times all within the same day or same hour.  This mix and constant change of emotion makes it hard to consistently manage each emotion and respond effectively.

What are some ways to help you deal with this challenge?  Here are some tips and tricks that I learned along the way as I was recovering from injuries.

Keep Track of Your Emotions. Whether through a care journal, a diary, or a mobile app, keep track of how you are feeling day-to-day.  Naming emotions helps to acknowledge how you are feeling, allows you to look back at your progress, and ultimately has a motivational effect as well.

Share How You are Feeling with Others. Do you have a friend you can discuss your recovery with or a supportive community?  Or maybe finding a mental health professional to speak with would be helpful.  I always found that finding some way to share what I was feeling or what I was going through helped me better understand those feelings and figure out a way to move forward.  You may not always have the answers, but speaking your emotions out loud does help

Think Optimistically.  Even on the worst days try to find something to be optimistic about, even if is is just one or two moments everyday.  Try to find a moment or a time where you can say to yourself, “I am happy” or “I am content” and celebrate that moment.  Maybe it is a small win for your recovery, like bending your knee or walking to the kitchen, or maybe your dog or child did something funny, or even something on TV that made you laugh.

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!

Wishing you a pain-free and fast recovery!

The Tiyaga Health Team | http://www.tiyagahealth.com |@tiyagahealth on instagram & Twitter


How to Live Well During Injury Recovery Despite the Pain?

When someone is injured or managing pain they often do not feel like themselves.  They cannot do the activities they once did, cannot participate in the same type of social events, and/or have trouble working and completing daily activities.  These life changes often leave people both physically and mentally exhausted and discouraged, making recovery and pain reduction very challenging.

Striving to live well is so important during recovery, but how can someone achieve wellness while dealing with so many challenges?  According to Hettler’s Six Dimensions of Wellness, living well comes from an integrated approach that actively focuses on six aspects of wellness – physical, emotional, occupational, social, intellectual, and spiritual.

What do these aspects of wellness really mean, and how can they be applied to those people who are actively recovering from injury or trying to reduce pain?

Physical Wellness is all about maintaining health through physical activity, good nutrition, sleep, and other healthy habits.

So how can you focus on being physically well, when you are injured or in pain?

Think about a more holistic view of your body.  Are there new or different ways that you can stay active?  Maybe you can focus on making healthier eating choices? Can you find ways to better adhere to your recovery program?  All of these things could make you feel more physically well, even if you are in pain.

Emotional Wellness is all about recognizing, assessing, and managing feelings and behaviors.

Being injured or managing pain often triggers a mix of emotions – sadness, depression, loneliness, despair – which is understandable. So how does one deal with and manage these emotions effectively?

Find ways to keep track of emotions, share your feelings with others, and try to think optimistically even if just for a couple of moments each day.

Occupational Wellness is all about utilizing skills to contribute to society in a way that makes a person feel satisfied.

Often when people are injured or in pain, work suffers.  So how can you find occupational wellness when have to work less or cannot work at all?

Find ways to share skills in a new way, explore a side project, or share your voice via a blog or social media.

Social Wellness is all about community contributions and positive connections and interactions with others.

Those suffering from pain or injury are often limited when it comes to social interactions, so how can you stay connected and be social despite those limitations?

Maybe join an online or digital community either about injuries or other interests, research and discover new ways to socialize, and stay connected with friends and family.

Intellectual Wellness  is all about staying mentally challenged and curious.

When someone doesn’t feel physically well, it is hard to face new mental challenges.  So, what are ways to stay intellectually stimulated even when in pain?

Try something (anything) new, take a class, find interesting things to read.

Spiritual Wellness is all about focusing on a bigger picture view of life and acceptance of that which is not understood.

Finding the meaning of life and determining values is difficult regardless of if you are injured or not.  Since spirituality and values are so unique to each individual, these suggestions are very general:

Make time to think about what spirituality means to you, and try to stay consistent with your values even when faced with the challenges of injury recovery.

According to Hettler, the key to wellness is working towards all six aspects of wellness concurrently in order to feel happier and healthier.  

And remember, even when you not feeling physically well, there are many other ways to try to live well.

Please direct any comments or questions to info@tiyagahealth.com and visit www.tiyagahealth.com to see what we are building to make injury recovery better and easier for everyone.

Check back on the blog for a more detailed look at each type of wellness over the next six weeks.

**Note: these are my own interpretations of Hettler’s model and are based on my own experience during injury recovery.**