Passive and active movement exercises are another important element of a successful physical therapy regimen. Limited mobility and the reduction in strength or shortening of muscles are both cases in which a patient would benefit from an individualized program consisting of repetitive movements and injury-specific exercises. This is one of the reasons physical therapy is an effective way to prepare for more advanced functional training.
Targeted therapeutic exercises can help prevent and even treat certain diseases, limitations, and deformities. Through the regular use of specialized exercises, physical therapy can also teach the body healthy ways to offset physical deficits that cause illness or pain. One of the most common areas of application includes back pain, which is a widespread symptom of excessive sitting and too little exercise. Physical therapy is not only used for impairments of the locomotor system, but also for functional disorders of the internal organs such as cardiovascular, lung, and bronchial diseases.
Learning to recognize the signs of over usage
We currently live in an age that places a large emphasis on physicality. While demanding so much from our bodies, the large majority of us treat them carelessly without even realizing it. Oftentimes, this is because most of us haven’t been taught how to interpret the signs our bodies use to tell us it’s time to slow down. Worse still, it isn’t until much later down the line that we realize something is wrong and by then, in many cases, the damage has already been done. Our physical therapy program also takes the time to educate our patients on healthy postures and efficient mobility practices that will make them more sensitive to these nuanced signals.
Therapy is an effective way to make patients aware of their problematic movement patterns and how these patterns affect other sections of the body. A primary goal of physical therapy is to teach patients to observe their body in a new and healthier way. Ultimately, this helps counteract over usage and harmful behavior at an early stage. Our experience has shown that implementing a long-term exercise regimen is a necessary part of ensuring the body remains healthy and at peak performance during everyday life. In addition to supporting the body while at home and during leisure activities, we also advise on ergonomics at the workplace. Even if you are suffering from pain due to a recent surgery or a more general pain condition, our practice has also utilized physical therapy as a way to successfully address these issues.