Physical therapy exercise is an integral part of any physical therapy program. It does not matter whether you are at an inpatient rehabilitation facility, an outpatient clinic, an assisted living facility, or a hospital. Physiotherapists are health professionals, and physical therapy is their primary tool to get you feeling better and moving better. Here are some physical therapy exercises that you can begin to do now that will help with your rehabilitation.
This physical therapy workout plan will use some of your favorite moves that you’ve done at home for years. You can work up to this exercise as fast or as slowly as you would like, and the benefits are many. These exercises are great because they have been shown to be beneficial to your long-term health and well being.
The first exercise is the arm lift. This is one of your favorite stretches at home, and it is also one that is safe to do on your own. Place your hand behind your head, about shoulder width apart. Bend your elbows and bring them down between your knee caps so that your forearm touches the ground.
The next exercise is a back stretch. Lie on your side and cross your legs. Bring both knees to the chest and make sure that your hands are flat on the floor. Now bring your hips towards your feet, bending forward as much as you can. Hold this position for as long as possible, then return to normal.
One of my favorites is a set of leg raises. Stand tall with your feet apart, your hands crossed above your head. Slowly lower your legs towards the ground, while bending your knees and raising your hips to encourage the exercise.
The last exercise will work on your core stability. This exercise works on your abdominal muscles by using your abdominal muscles to keep your spine straight. This is the most important muscle in your body, and it is the part that can be injured the most. If you do not have enough strength in your core, this can lead to a variety of problems with your back, shoulder and neck.
Straighten your upper back up. Now, bring both your legs towards the chest as hard as you can. Keep your pelvis tucked into your groin. Keep both arms over the shoulders, holding yourself up as high as possible. Turn your torso slightly to the left and breathe. Breathe in and out until you feel a stretch in your abdomen.
You might have noticed that some of these exercises are similar to each other. Some of these are even difficult. It is a good idea to practice these at home, with the assistance of a physical therapist, if you are able to afford one. I have found that when I practice these exercises regularly that my pain and discomfort have gone away quite a bit.
The physical therapy exercise that will be most effective for you is the one that focuses on stretching. the back and the hips.
This is a stretch that is done in two different ways. One way is by standing on all fours and holding one leg out in front of the body, while bending over the opposite way and holding the other one in front of the body. This can be very difficult at first but is a simple stretch. The second way is to lie on your back, with your knees bent and knees straight.
While bending over the other way, slowly bend forward slowly until your thigh is directly under your chest and hold your thigh in place. Breathe and repeat this stretch a few times.
Both of these stretches are done with the goal of getting your body to relax, release the tension, and lengthen your muscles. Once you have stretched the back and hip muscles a few times, you will notice the difference between what you are feeling now and what you had before. When you feel better, you can move on to another exercise.