Most things are better with a friend by your side, and that’s certainly true about your rehabilitation or strength training exercises. Partnering up during your physical therapy or exercise routine has a number of benefits, so don’t be in a hurry to do all of your exercises by yourself. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at why it’s oftentimes beneficial to partner up for physical therapy or an exercise routine.
The Benefits Of A Rehab Buddy
Having a regular running buddy or connecting with a physical therapist to help oversee your rehabilitation program can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Here’s why it oftentimes makes sense to partner up:
- Accountability – You might not want to drag yourself out of bed before work to go run two miles, but if your sister-in-law is meeting you at the park, you’re more likely to follow through with your exercise. The same goes for physical therapy. You can research some techniques online and perform them irregularly when you have some free time, but connecting with a physical therapist and developing a regular schedule can help you get the most out of your rehab.
- Mind Distraction – If you can take your mind off the exercise, the activity will feel less like work, and that can make it easier to want to exercise. Having someone that you can talk to during the activity can help take your mind off the physical stress of the activity.
- Correct Technique – Your partner can also help to ensure that you’re performing the techniques correctly. This holds more true if you’re connecting with a physical therapist who is trained at spotting deficiencies or biomechanical issues than if you’re just running with a friend, but your form is more likely to suffer if nobody is there to help you perform the action correctly.
- Motivation – A good partner will also be a great motivator, and that can help you get the most out of your rehabilitation or exercise routine. They can push you to do one more rep, run one more mile or help you set a new personal best. Whether you’re partnering up with a teammate to get better on the soccer field or you’re working with a physical therapist who understands your goals, your partner can be a great motivator.
- Hit Your Goals – Finally, connecting with a physical therapist can help you hit some personal goals that may have been difficult to hit on your own. Our team is skilled at developing a rehab routine that helps you continue to progress. Sometimes it’s easy for your rehab to plateau if you don’t know how to safely take on a bigger challenge, but that’s not an issue when you’re working with a team of physical therapists who can chart your recovery and adjust based on your abilities and deficits. Partner up with our team and let us help you hit your goals.
For more information, or to connect with a member of our team and see the benefits of partnering up with a professional physical therapist first hand, reach out to the team at OrthoRehab Specialists today at (612) 339-2041.