Physical Therapy Is More Than Rehabilitation After Surgery
Physical Therapy (PT). When you think of the word, what comes to mind? Casts, knee braces, crutches? That makes sense because the PT profession gained momentum during World War II and the Polio Epidemic. However, we have come a long way since then! Physical Therapists are movement specialists. It’s not just about rehabilitation after surgery anymore!
October is National Physical Therapy Month so it’s fitting that we delve into some ways in which a PT can help you! Let’s talk about movement. What happened to it? Technology happened. Don’t get me wrong, technology has made our lives a lot easier (I’m typing on a computer right now for example!) but with that ease has come increased sitting.
We also have gradually increased our commute time to work from 22 minutes to 26.9 minutes. Those extra minutes of sitting add up when you look at weeks, months and years.
So, the option becomes making a conscious effort to put movement back into our lives! But how? We are all very busy! I get it. I have twin toddlers. I work 40 hours a week. My husband works 50 hours a week.
We need to prioritize movement for our physical emotional and mental health! This is where a PT can be very helpful! This is our job and we love it! Let us know what injuries you might have that prevent movement. We can find alternatives for you! Let us know what your daily and weekly schedule are. We can help you find ways to add movement into your day, even for just a few minutes.
For example, if you work in an office stand up and take a 2-3 minute break every hour or two and do 2-3 simple stretches, like bending forward towards yours toes (don’t worry about if you can touch your toes or not) and then gently bending backwards. Rotate or turn side to side. Take a little walk around the office, grab some water and then get back to it. Also, have you investigated a standing desk? Your company might help you cover the cost of it.
If you have kids, try to take a walk with them before or after dinner. Do you have a park nearby? Playgrounds are a great way for them to explore and you can meet some parents with similar aged children too. I just did that this weekend. If this is not feasible with your schedule, then try to get outside and throw or kick a ball around. Play chase around the house with your younger kids, they will love it, I can attest to that! We can incorporate movement into our daily lives, and we need to for our health and the health of our loved ones.
Check out this link from the Choose PT website about how much movement we need based on our age. https://www.choosept.com/Resources/Detail/avoid-chronic-disease-with-regular-physical-activi
If you are still wondering how you can incorporate movement into your day, give us a call and schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation or a free 30-minute face to face session to learn more. We're here to help!
Mara Towne, PT, DPT
303-740-2026 or email me at: email@example.com
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