Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Physical therapy and exercise are perhaps the most mainstream of all non-surgical treatments for most types of pain. Unlike medication, physical therapy can help prevent future recurrences of the pain you are experiencing.
Looking to help yourself at home? Read some of our tips to get started.
Please remember that you should always consult with a physician prior to beginning any exercise program.
Treat your pain before exercising
If you are experiencing a high level of pain, it is important to treat this before starting a physical therapy plan. Whether it be massage therapy or heating pads, this step should be first when looking to make progress in your plan.
Do some research
Depending on your injury or pain, you can find various types of stretches and exercises online. Create an appropriate list of activities that you can engage in (and avoid) to make a DIY program.
Expect some initial discomfort
According to Spine-Health.com, beginning an exercise program after an episode of pain will usually cause an increase in pain at first. However, if the exercise is performed properly, the pain should be alleviated in some way. It may feel similar to the type of pain or soreness you feel after an extraneous workout. Of course, if the pain is severe, you should reassess your exercise program. Discuss this with your physical therapy professional.
Let’s face it: devising a full physical therapy plan on your own is not for everyone. However, CommandCare specializes in providing physical therapy within the comfort of your home. Our trusted professionals will develop a flexible and successful program to treat your pain. If you or someone you know can benefit from our in-home services, call us today!