You know that physical activity is good for you. The benefits are well researched and the list is impressive. Here’s just a sampling:
- Releases endorphins to make you feel good and fight depression
- Helps control weight
- Prevents diseases like stroke, diabetes and some forms of cancer
- Improves sleep
- Helps you live longer
Recent studies even show that physical activity strengthens your immune system, with a protective effect against COVID, and that staying active through middle age protects your brain as you age.
Physical activity is a wonder drug. If it was a pill, you’d buy it and take it every day. But even though activity is free, less than 25% of Americans meet the CDC recommendations for activity. We clearly need help.
Physical Therapists Are The Experts in Human Movement
To be active, you need to be able to move. Physical Therapists do more than help you recover from surgeries or major injuries. They are the experts in human movement. Sure, you could see a strength coach to lift weights, hire a personal trainer, go to a yoga class to work on your flexibility and balance, and see a chiropractor for adjustments. But that seems like a lot of people when a Physical Therapist can help you with all of these things and more. Nobody knows more about human movement or looks at your health the same way as a Physical Therapist. Your PT can help you with every aspect of movement including strength, range of motion, flexibility, endurance, balance and coordination.
As medical professionals, physical therapists can help you with injuries or other issues that may be preventing you from increasing your activity and exercise levels. Your PT can work with your doctor to help use activity to manage things like diabetes, cholesterol levels or blood pressure to reduce your reliance on prescription drugs. Your PT is also trained to work with people of all ages, so you can develop a long-term relationship and they can continue to modify your routine as you age or your goals change.
Stay Healthy For Life
Staying active has a long list of benefits both now and in the future. But chances are you’re not moving enough to make the most of those benefits. Most people need help. Physical therapists are the most qualified professional to help keep you healthy now and in the future. So don’t think of your PT as someone you see when you need help with pain or an injury. Think of them as your partner and coach working to help you stay healthy for life.
If you are interested in getting started with physical therapy, Northern Rehab is a convenient, local, and privately-owned physical therapy practice that has been voted “Best Physical Therapist” by our community for the past 9 years. Although it is important to keep your doctor informed about any changes in your symptoms, a physician’s prescription is not required to begin physical therapy treatment. All of our Physical Therapists are trained to thoroughly screen patients and reassess symptoms to make sure that you are safe to participate in exercise. Or more information or to schedule an appointment please call our office at 815.756.8524.
Article credit: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Private Practice Section