5 reasons to see a physical therapist, even if you're not hurt
People tend to think of physical therapy only when they are injured. However, there are several reasons a physical therapist can be a crucial part of your health team.
Your body is always hard at work, doing the things that bodies do to keep you going. You might not pay a lot of attention to all this activity, especially if you're feeling healthy. Every once in a while, though, you may consult your doctor about your body and your goals, and chances are they may recommend seeing a physical therapist, too.
Physical therapists can help treat injuries and ease joint pain, but they can also help you become fitter and healthier, overall.
Here are five reasons your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist, even if you aren't injured.
1. You're preparing to start a new workout routine: If you're thinking about starting a new exercise program, a physical therapist can help you find where your weaknesses are, and where it's most important to focus your efforts. Especially if the routine has injury potential—like weightlifting or running—having an expert evaluate your form can help you to avoid injury later.
2. Your child is taking the next step in their sport: If your young one is ready to take their game to the next level, physical therapy can help them to reach his or her top potential. The therapist can work one-on-one with your child to plan for healthy development, and can help your child improve muscle strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. Together, these give your child a boost on the field or court.
3. Something feels "weird": If you've noticed a change in the way a routine activity (like walking) feels, it's a safe bet to check in with your doctor, but they may refer you to a physical therapist as well. If something feels off or different, it might be a signal that your body is trying to compensate or avoid an injury. A therapist can help you get to the bottom of the sensation and help you put together a plan to avoid injury.
4. You're not seeing the results you expect from your workout: You eat right, exercise, and still feel like you're not meeting your goals. A trained physical therapist can be the perfect person to diagnose areas that can boost your routine and take your run, bench press or swim lap to the next level. By assessing your goals, your physical therapist will work with you to develop a great plan to shave off those remaining seconds from your mile split or add that extra weight plate.
5. You are starting a new job: When you're getting ready to start a physically demanding job, physical therapy can help you to be successful. In a work conditioning plan, your therapist will help you to prepare for the demands of your job and avoid work-related injury.
Reid Health's Rehabilitation Services can help you or your child to be healthier, lower your risk of injury and take your fitness to the next level.