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Knowing When it’s Time: Getting Physical Therapy

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Knowing When it’s Time: Getting Physical Therapy

The choice to start physical therapy can be conflicting. How do you know if an injury is “bad enough,” or if it will heal on its own? Sooner, rather than later, is the time to visit a licensed physical therapist. It’s always best to nip minor aches and pains in the bud than to wait until they worsen or become unbearable. Read on to see when it’s time for physical therapy.

Nagging Injury
Some people have the expectation that minor injuries or strains will go away on their own. While this is the case sometimes, physical therapy is a wonderful option to speed up the healing process. Working with trained professionals will help you locate the exact area of injury, and provide the right training to guide you back to full health. For more serious matters, physical therapy is a must. Getting proper evaluation and guidance early is the best way to combat chronic pain or other issues that can develop over time without treatment.

Overexertion or repetitive straining can have serious impacts on an athlete’s body. For both sports injuries and injury prevention, physical therapy is recommended at all levels to ensure athletes can continue the sport they love for many years to come. Ideally, working with a physical therapist will help prevent injuries from happening in the first place. Checking in with a qualified professional will ensure an athlete’s full health before, during, and after an injury.

After surgery, physical therapy is a vital component of recovery. As scar tissue begins to form, it’s important to be seen by a physical therapist for guidance to ensure your body heals the way it’s meant to. Working with a physical therapist helps decrease the swelling and scarring of surgery so you can restore optimal health much sooner and get back into your daily routine.

Years of stress on various joints and the inevitable loss of flexibility in muscles can lead to persistent aches and pains and chronic conditions as we get older. When these pains make day-to-day activities such as walking, climbing, standing up or sitting down difficult, it may be time to consider physical therapy. A licensed therapist can give you tips and tricks to minimize symptoms and even stop the progression of some problems, as well as strengthen muscles to keep you strong for years to come.

If you’re not sure whether physical therapy is right for you, i’move offers Pain Assessments to determine your road to better health. If you’re interested in finding out more, consider looking into physical therapy at i’move or learn more about our fitness programs.

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How Physical Therapy Empowers You

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How Physical Therapy Empowers You

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Physical therapy is fantastic for your health. It helps you heal faster, reduces pain and improves your overall well-being. After referral from a doctor, you’ll want to know the details of the process before deciding to sign up. PT can be a great alternative to surgical procedures or a life of chronic pain. Here’s how physical therapy makes you a better you.

Injuries and age can tighten or tear different muscle groups. This can impact your range of motion and make day-to-day activities that much more difficult. Working these areas on your own without experience can lead to further strain and damage to your body. A physical therapist can design specific exercises dedicated to locating those troubled areas, and strengthening them at a level that works for you. Starting small, the two of you can work together to build your body back up to a healthy level.

Stretching is a great way to loosen tight muscles. But when you’re struggling with an injury, it can be difficult to know what kind of stretching is best, and how much is too much. Physical therapy can find unique stretches best suited to your needs without overexerting yourself.

Next-Level Treatment
Sometimes, the pain in your knee has nothing to do with your knee and everything to do with your foot or your hips. Our experts understand the body like links in a chain and work with you to treat the cause of your issue, not just the symptoms. Depending on your condition, there are times where simple exercises and training aren’t enough. Receiving professional i’move treatment gives you access to an array of advanced options. Talk to your physical therapist to discover what works best for you.

Healing doesn’t stop after recovery. Physical therapists are here to not only treat an injury or ache, but prevent it from happening again. Professional assessment and treatment can get you ready for a lifetime of healthy living through take-home exercises and tips that can keep you at peak health for many years to come.

Physical therapy is the first step towards a lifetime of fitness. i’move unlocks your full potential for better health, healing, and everything in between. Schedule an appointment or read about more benefits of PT at i’move.

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3 Healthy Habits to Improve Athletic Performance

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kids playing soccerSports seem to be more popular than ever with many kids striving to make a high school team or earn a college scholarship. Parents spend large amounts of money to pay for their child to be a part of the best travel teams or receive individual instruction. Keeping kids healthy and performing at their best is key to their success. Here are three healthy habits to focus on to improve athletic performance:

1. Improve your sleep! Middle school and high school kids require 8-10 hours of sleep to function at their best. While at sleep, our bodies recover and rebuild. This is extremely important for athletes who are building muscle. In order to optimize sleep, a consistent schedule should be set. For example, trying to be in bed by 9:30pm and sleeping until 6:30am. Weekends or a late night of studying during the week can often throw this schedule off. Electronics before bed also can disrupt sleep.

2. Eat real food! With crazy schedules, planned meals are often an afterthought. Quick stops at the local fast food restaurant can become regular with nights full of practices and games. Work to plan ahead and have healthy alternatives available. The food we eat is what powers our bodies throughout the day. If we continue to provide our body poor nutrition, our performance will suffer.

3. Drink enough water! A good rule of thumb is drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For a 150-pound person, this would mean drinking approximately 75 ounces of water daily. Even being slightly dehydrated during activity can impair both cognitive and physical performance! If you wait until you feel thirsty, you are already behind. It can be very easy to lose track of how much water you have consumed throughout the day. One solution can be to carry a water bottle around and mark down each time it’s empty.

While these three things may seem simple, very few middle school and high school athletes are able to consistently complete them. Completed consistently over time, these habits can fuel athletic performance improvement while also setting up great healthy habits for a lifetime.

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The Benefits of One-on-One Personal Training

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personal trainerA personal trainer is someone who is knowledgeable about fitness and has the ability to effectively coach clients through workouts. Oftentimes, trainers will have an educational background from a university in a health-related field or have completed a variety of available certifications. But, with exercise videos all over the internet for free, why would you spend your money on a personal trainer? Here are the top 5 reasons.

1. A personal trainer will assess your movement patterns and create an exercise program that is designed for you. He or she will work with you to strengthen weaknesses which may have caused pain or discomfort in the past. Not every exercise is good for every person. A personal trainer will make sure you are doing the exercises that will get you the best results.

2. A personal trainer will work with you to set specific measurable goals that are important to you. Some people want six pack abs and bulging biceps while others want to be able to run and play with their kids. Each scenario requires a specific plan. A personal trainer will measure and track your progress to make sure you’re making progress towards your goal.

3. A personal trainer will help keep you safe while you exercise. Often, injuries can occur due to using equipment incorrectly, trying to use too much weight, or choosing an exercise that is not correct for your ability level. A personal trainer will monitor your workouts and teach you proper form to lower your risk of injury.

4. A personal trainer can provide motivation and accountability. Many people struggle to challenge themselves appropriately or stick with a current plan. Take a look at how many people give up New Year’s resolutions in the month of January! A personal trainer can motivate you in an appropriate and professional way to keep you going when you want to stop.

5. A personal trainer can often work around your busy schedule to make sure you still get in your workouts. Group fitness classes are often on a rigid schedule that may not fit with your life.

Hiring a personal trainer is an investment in yourself. What is your health and future worth? If you have struggled with not getting the results you want, hurt yourself exercising, or simply do not know where to start, a personal trainer may be perfect for you.