There are endless options in the world today when it comes to types of exercise: CrossFit, Barre, HIIT, Zumba, Yoga, Olympic Weight Lifting, Powerlifting, Pilates, and so much more. This is where physical therapists come into play. Think of us as your exercise consultants.
We utilize our doctoral-level training to detect limitations that may contribute to pain or dysfunction. Then, we utilize these findings to prescribe specific corrective exercises.
Let’s say you have low back pain and you do Zumba and Yoga three times a week. Sure, you’re exercising… great job! But how would you know if your lumbar spine is tight or your gluteus medius needs strengthening?
Every body is different. Each has its own limitations based on our genetics and daily habits. With just a few focused and specific corrective exercises, you can go a long way to prevent and recover from pain and injury.
Additionally, some movements are best avoided after surgery or injury. Your physical therapist will help you understand what exercises are safe for you and which ones you may want to avoid while healing. Our doctoral training puts us in a unique position to get you safely back to your active lifestyle while also accommodating your limitations.
Benefits of Corrective Exercise Include:
- Improved cardiovascular endurance
- Improved energy levels
- Increased blood flow to tissues and joints
- Decreased muscle spasm and soft tissue tension
- Inhibition of central pain nerve pathways
- Improved joint mobility and muscle flexibility