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Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

Updated on November 17, 2010

The Benefits of Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

I think we all would admit that we have been pretty hard on our bodies.  So it's not surprising when a muscle or joint gives out.  Whether by an accident you had no control over or through some type of motion that occurs during work or play and injury and happen.  And no matter how innocent the activity was that caused the injury, it still needs to be treated.  In many cases that treatment involves physical therapy rehabilitation.

But we are talking about your body, your health, and your future.  If you're in need of treatment by a physical therapist, you want to learn a few things before heading to his office and letting him have his way with you and your body.  Let this hub guide you through that information.

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3 Qualities of a High Caliber Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Clinic

Ultimately, being injured absolutely sucks.  After all, not only do you have to deal with the pain that goes with the injury, but you typically also have to manage the restrictions that the injury brings about.  Not to mention,  injuries involving joints bones, and muscles often warrant follow-up care to get you back to 100 % functionality.

The great news is that participating in a rehab program can get you back on the road to health and in multiple scenarios feeling better than you did previously.  To establish that you get the best treatment to get you to that point, you need to be on the lookout for 3 items in a good quality physical therapy rehabilitation facility.  Those items:

•    Hands-on, one on one care – This type of personalized care usually comes from smaller independently owned clinics.  In this setting you have a therapist working closely with you, assisting you, and closely handling your rehab.  It’s not a huge center where you are one of hundreds of clients being watched by and assisted by a minimal number of therapists.

•    Certified professionals with constant continuing education – the human body is a intricate machine and we learn more every day about how it moves, functions, and works.  The result being that new practices and procedures can be developed and taught to assist therapists assist their patients to heal and get the most healthy possible in the quickest period of time.  Seek out therapists who are consistently updating their skills with continuing education.

•    Rehabilitation involving strengthening of core muscles – Your body works as one whole unit with the source of it being at your core/abdominal area.  As a result, your core area is involved in nearly all moves that take place.  If your desire is to operate the most efficiently and effectively, training and strengthening that core is a necessity.  Despite what injury you’re dealing with be it shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, hip, etc., abdominal muscle work should be involved as part of your therapy blueprint.  A quality physical therapy rehabilitation facility will make sure that its therapists are including proper strengthening and use of ab and back muscles as a normal part of your rehab plan. 

So while getting hurt, is...a real “pain”, (yes, pun intended), by looking for these requirements in a physical therapy rehabilitation clinic, you will enable yourself great care and most skilled assistance to returning to a pain free life.

Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Techniques

When you go to an independently owned Physical therapy clinic, the quality physical therapists will end up treating you using one or a combination of techniques.  Those techniques are:

  • massage therapy - working through tight muscle tissue using a deep tissue massage
  • manipulation therapy - manipulate joints that are out of alignment and put them back in place
  • muscle strengthening - strengthen muscles, especially the core group, to help support bones, joints, and ligaments rather than having weak muscles place more stress on them

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A Common Physical Therapy Rehab Exercise

For many people who have lower body injuries or those who need work with their balance, a common physical therapy exercise is called the "Sit to Stands."

The idea of this exercise is to use the proper form and right muscles when going from a seated to standing position and vice versa.  One the technique is taught it is continually worked on in order to teach muscle memory. 

Step by step the exercise follows this general process:

  1. In the seated position with your feet aligned but slightly apart, you scoot close to the edge of the seat
  2. Lean your head out just past your feet
  3. Using your quads and pushing with your hands for help, push up through your heels keeping your knees aligned with your second toe on each foot
  4. Stand straight up
  5. Reverse the order sitting back with you hind end, the weight of your body should be on the heels of your feet.
  6. As you lower yourself, grab the chair with your hands
  7. Sit down continuing keeping your knees aligned with your second toe.

Another Common Physical Therapy Exercise

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