When a person is injured, there are two things that they usually lose. Those two things are their physical strength in a particular area and their overall balance. This is why physical therapy is key to any rehabilitation program. The type of injury that someone has sustained, along with the area where they sustained it, will dictate the program a physical therapist will use.
As a patient increases their strength, regains flexibility and improves their balance, our physical therapist will modify the course with the goal of creating the best possible outcome. Our physical therapist will always use the gentle encouragement a patient needs to put forth the most effort throughout the physical therapy treatment. We work closely with every patient to help them get the most out of their exercises while working at their own pace and tolerance level.
Physical therapists understand that when working with their patient on balance exercises, their patients may have reduced balance because of factors like age or injury. They also understand that in most cases there is one root cause that is leading to the overall imbalance. So the goal of a physical therapist is to identify this root cause and then correct it with physical therapy.
Many balance exercises a patient will go through during physical therapy are designed to improve the strength of the legs and the condition of the leg joints, especially when dealing with those who have recently begun to recover from an injury. When helping older individuals, physical therapists will always be cautious to make sure that the patient does not lose their balance as they try to do balancing exercises. A physical therapist should be on hand to provide the physical support, assistance and emotional backup a patient will need as they are going through the physical therapy program.
Strengthening exercises are key to any physical therapy routine. This is because when a person grows older or injures themselves, they quickly lose muscle. The beautiful thing about the design of the human body is its resilience. With enough exercise, muscle strength can be improved. The stronger a patient is, the more balance and mobility they will have.
When it comes to physical therapy, our goal is to help the patient get back to living a normal life, so it’s not always necessary to lift weights or start a heavy workout program. Many strength exercises are very simple. They can include things like toe raises, leg lifts, and arm rotations. The end goal is to improve muscle strength and endurance.
In some instances, a physical therapist will use weights and resistance bands. But these are usually used after a patient has recouped some of the strength that they’ve lost as a result of their injury or age. Regardless of your need for physical therapy, the experts at Principled Healthcare Solutions are here to help you every step of the way. If you are ready to begin a successful journey with physical therapy, contact our office in Hamilton today to schedule a consultation.