5 Reasons You Need a Physical Therapist to Coordinate Your Fitness Regimen

Physical therapists aren’t just for people that have sustained a recent injury or have had surgery. Physical therapists also assist people who want to return to an exercise and fitness program but are restricted due to painful muscle or joint conditions. Seeing a PT for these reasons have many benefits; here are 5 reasons why you should consider seeing a Northern Rehab Physical Therapist.

You Want a Baseline

When you see a physical therapist to return to an exercise program or to improve your fitness, you’ll get an assessment of your strength, range of motion, posture and movement patterns. This not only helps your physical therapist design a customized program just for you, it gives them a baseline to compare things as you progress in your treatment. Your PT will design an individual program to help you recover from any muscle or joint pain, improve mobility and strength, and reach your fitness goals.

You Want Expert Guidance

Sure, other professionals could help with your fitness routine, but the fitness industry is not well regulated. Some certifications just require an online course and paying a fee. There are no licenses or other requirements to use many titles. Becoming a physical therapist requires at least a Bachelor’s degree and most Physical Therapists practicing today have a Doctorate degree. Every PT has passed a national board exam and maintains a state license. That guarantees you that every physical therapist is a verified expert in human movement.

You Want to Prevent Injury

Physical therapists work to heal injuries and are also experts in preventing injuries. After a thorough assessment, a PT can help you design a program that will help you reach your fitness goals and can address any issues limit your ability to exercise or that increase your risk for injury.

You Want Unbiased Advice

Yoga instructors will want you to do yoga. Personal trainers will want you to come to their gym. Pilates instructors will want you to do Pilates. Strength coaches will want you to strength train. A physical therapist doesn’t have a bias or vested interest as to what type of fitness regimen you choose. They are only interested in helping you reach your goals.

You Have a History

If you wish to return to an exercise program but are experiencing muscle or join pain, or have some kind of history that affects your ability to exercise, a PT is the best person to help you reduce pain, improve your strength and mobility, and design a personalized fitness regimen. It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent injury or an old, reoccurring problem, a PT can help you safely work through it and meet your fitness goals.

The Northern Rehab Team is here to help you get back to the activities you enjoy! If you’re experiencing current or re-occurring joint or muscle pain, a loss of fitness or feel deconditioned, recovering from illness, or stopped or missed your physical therapy treatments, now is the time to focus on rebuilding and improving your health. Consider using your medical insurance and medical flex spending account to take care of your re-occurring muscle or joint issues before the end of the year. Choose physical therapy first and let the Northern Rehab team eliminate pain, optimize your function, and be one step closer to living pain free. No doctor prescription needed; now accepting same or next day appointments at our clinics in DeKalb, Genoa and Rochelle. Visit northernrehabpt.com or call 815.756.8524 for more information or to schedule an appointment.