When pain strikes, it can leave you scrambling for the most effective way to put it to rest. For most people, it has become second nature to head over to the medicine cabinet and search for a solution. While this has grown to be instinctive, there are much better options available, with physical therapy topping the list. Unlike medication, physical therapy works to improve your body’s wellbeing, not merely mask the discomfort you’re feeling.
Got a nagging ache? Recovering from a sprain? The person you most want to talk to is a physical therapist: They improve bodies for a living. They know an important secret: strength training. Research suggests that not only is strength training the best way to knock out pain, but like a magic pill it can also prevent pain in the first place.
Ensure that your body is ready to carry a baby by addressing before pregnancy any pain or problems associated with posture or weakness. Here are some physical therapist tips for helping to prepare your body for pregnancy and to guard against musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction during and after it.
Exercise's Effects on Bones and Muscles
Exercise is critical for strong muscles and bones. Muscle strength declines as people age, but studies report that when people exercise they are stronger and leaner than others in their age group.
Exercise may help kids lower their risk of chronic pain in the future.
With winter upon us, many people accept that they will gain weight and get out of shape. Excuses abound such as, “It is too cold to exercise outside,” or “There are just so many parties.”
Here are some tips to stay healthy and active this winter.
With the changing of the seasons and the accompanying drop in the temperature outside, many athletes flock to the ski slopes, the ice rink, and the mountainside seeking outdoor adventure and fitness. Exercising in cold weather presents several unique nutritional challenges. Taking a few simple precautions can help maximize performance and keep athletes healthy and allow them to safely achieve their fitness goals.
When Nancy D. Brown's doctor told her she had hip dysplasia several years ago, her first reaction was: "Humans can get that?" remembers Brown, now a 54-year-old travel writer in Lafayette, California, who had only known it as a condition she should watch out for in her dogs.
"Low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work," the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes, and a recent study suggests there's no reason to delay physical therapy that might relieve the pain.
The impact of heart disease is significant, since it affects the quality of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.
You Can Get PT for Your Vagina, and 7 Other Things Physical Therapists Wish You Knew
PTs aren't only concerned with achy muscles and creaky bones; they help cure a whole mess of things. Here, they spill the secrets they share with their closest friends. Consider this your co-pay-free consult!