Most people are aware that physical therapists can help you heal and strengthen injured areas of your body, but that’s about the extent of their familiarity with PTs. It’s true that a physical therapist can help you after an injury, but it’s also true that they can help improve your game even if you’re not injured. Below, we share some of the benefits of visiting a physical therapist even if you’re not injured.
Seeing A PT When Healthy
It might sound odd to visit a physical therapist when you’re not injured, but it can really be beneficial for your fitness. Here’s why:
- Maximize Efficiency – You might think that you have the perfect running form or squatting technique, but odds are is some room for improvement. A physical therapist can look at your body mechanics and help make small changes to maximize your efficiency or take extra pressure off certain areas of your body.
- Injury Prevention – Along a similar vein, visiting a physical therapist before an injury strikes can help reduce your likelihood of an injury in the future. They are trained to spot weaknesses in your athletic movements and can correct small issues before they snowball into a full blown injury. If you’re noticing small pains or having discomfort at certain times throughout the day, bring this to the attention of your PT, because odds are they’ll have a treatment for it.
- New Workouts – If you’re looking to change up your workout routine, or you’re just wondering if different exercises can take your workout to the next level, consult with a physical therapist. They know a number of different exercises that will target the muscle or muscle groups in question, which allows you to design a routine around your likes and interests and equipment availability. Let us help improve your workout routine by providing individualized workout recommendations.
- Diet and Gear Improvements – Sometimes it isn’t our physical routine that’s holding back our fitness, it’s other aspects of our daily life, like what we eat or what we wear. We’d be happy to work with you to develop a diet plan that fits your needs, whether that’s weight loss, inflammation reduction or something else. We can also go over your footwear options and ensure you’re wearing shoes that are contoured to your specific foot and aren’t putting you at risk of problems like plantar fasciitis or shin splints.
- Taking On New Goals – Finally, a physical therapist can be a great resource if you’re taking on new goals this year. If you want to run a marathon or make the varsity baseball team, talk to a physical therapist about how you can get your body ready days, weeks and months in advance. This are a wealth of information on how the body functions during physical activity, so consider reaching out to one if your taking on new physical pursuits in the future.
For more tips, or to get in contact with a physical therapist near you, reach out to OrthoRehab PT today.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations
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