Perseverance is key even after National Physical Therapy Month
As you know October was National Physical Therapy month. However, there are many reasons to extend all of the initiatives set in motion last month, at least until the end of the year. Whether you’re a chiropractor, a licensed physical therapist for athletes or a physiotherapists focusing on post-traumatic patient care, it is of utter importance to encourage your patients to continue their treatment and stay focused on their goals.
As the holidays approach, many people start planning their vacations and the celebration of the festivities, which in many cases result in neglecting their therapy or ongoing treatments. This practice might not only cause the patient to get stuck in their current stage but it might even set them back rendering the progress they’ve made so far almost nonexistent.
Sport injuries or post-traumatic therapy must be a continuous work in order to feature results. Interrupting the rehabilitation process is harmful for the patient as all the progress they have made is abruptly halted, and furthermore, potentially reversed.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t travel these holidays or enjoy the festivities like you normally would. Nevertheless, it is of extreme importance that you continue your exercise routines or at least maintain some of it in order to preserve the progress you’ve made and promote further improvement.
Learning a few techniques that you can apply at home or at your holiday destination is a great way to continue your treatment even if you miss a few therapy sessions during the holiday season. Ask your physical therapist what are some tools you can use at home to continue your treatment whilst you’re away enjoying the festivities with your family and loved ones, and remember that perseverance and regularity are key.
The only way to improve your current condition is to be consistent and if your goal is starting the new year in better shape than you are now, you can’t surrender just yet. Find a reason to stay motivated and stay on track, if you need help to maintain your focus, surround yourself with friends and family that support your goals and are willing to help you keep your motivation up. Having a good therapist is also crucial to accomplish your goals.
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Why physiotherapists recommend you stay active as you age
Aging is the natural course of life, and unfortunately, neglecting one’s health is standard practice more often than not as we age. Whether it is because we refuse to believe that as we age our bodies demand more attention and care or because we have too many responsibilities and activities that we cannot find the time to take proper care of our health and our bodies; the issue is that we don’t pay enough attention to the changes our bodies undergo through the years and how to address them.
That’s the reason why physiotherapists are warning many people every day about not letting muscle waste as they age. In fact, professionals in the field are encouraging and even urging older people to get stronger to maintain good health, improve their day-to-day lives and live longer more fulfilling and rewarding lives.
According to a new poll, millions of people don’t even bother in carrying their weekly grocery shopping. The study was conducted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and they found that 24 per cent of the people over 65 years old, who participated in the survey don’t do any muscle strengthening activities during the week or at all, which increases the risk of illness, falls and other serious health-related issues. Further, only 9 per cent of the participants said they do take part in strengthening activities once a week.
But physiotherapists have an entirely different take on the matter. They recommend attending to at least two strengthening sessions per week and doing an additional average of 2 hours of physical activity every week.
It’s been suggested that those aged 64 and below include weight lifting and other resistance and strength improvement exercises into their weekly routines, additionally to carrying heavy loads -such as groceries– on a regular basis.
Those people over 65 years old, should also include several activities that involve cardio like aerobics, dancing or any other activities that imply stepping and jumping. Although, every day non recreational activities such as dusting, vacuuming and others also represent certain health benefits.
This recent study has generated concerns due to the poor attitude and approach some people take towards retirement, since most people are not doing enough to preserve their good health. Although some of the participants of the survey claim a health condition -like lumbar problems and other of the sort– prevented them from doing strengthening activities, the study showed that many of them don’t even know how to do strengthening activities properly, or they simply don’t want to.
However, several studies and other research has shown that strengthening activities are guaranteed to help prevent falls and other illnesses as we age and lose up to eight per cent of our muscle mass each decade from the age of 30. Whilst falls cause around 95 per cent of all hip fractures, it is necessary that we overcome the idea that becoming weaker and frailer is an inevitable part of aging. If anything, it means that we have to invest more time in our health and put more effort into maintaining our bodies.
At CT Sports Physical Therapy & Wellness, we strive to provide the best quality care available for our clients regardless of their condition, including lumbar spine physical therapy Fairfield, CT. From tailored wellness programs to encouragement and education, our goal is to help you achieve better health. We are the only Physical Therapy Practice to carry advanced certifications as Sports Clinical Specialists in Norwalk, CT. Make an appointment today calling at (203) 957-8100
Why health professionals are recommending lumbar stabilization exercise
Intense lower back pain can render any person immobile if not addressed quickly and effectively. A recent study that analysed the efficacy of lumbar stabilization exercises determined that pain, function and aberrant movement patterns can be reduced with the right programme and attention.
Health professionals have been recommending strengthening, stretching and aerobic conditioning exercises to improve the condition of patients suffering from lower back pain for years, through lumbar stabilization exercise programmes.
As a main goal, this programme aims to retrain the spine to maintain its dynamic stability whilst promoting a self-awareness of spine posture that will lead to improve your overall spine health. On another level, enhancing muscle endurance of the trunk might be considered the secondary goal of this programme. Furthermore, the lumbar stabilization exercise programme is said to be able to normalize aberrant movements patterns.
To assess the patient’s condition, they must be evaluated as they extend the trunk while in a standing position. Aberrant movements patterns are easily identified through the presence of pain, instability, or reversal of lumbopelvic rhythm. However, the study published on Clinical Biomechanics showed how the lumbar stabilization exercise programme had an impact on muscle activity during trunk flexion and extension movements, which seemed to be normalised as pain decreased and the patients didn’t have to stiffen their spine to avoid the unpleasant symptoms.
During the study, patients with low back pain underwent the lumbar stabilization exercise programme for eight weeks. Using an unhealthy and un-intervened control group, the participants of the study were measured before and after the programme using electromyography to evaluate the kinetic/AMP (aberrant movements patterns) of the spine. Although the kinematic measures of AMP didn’t show any changes after the eight weeks, patients claim they experienced a significant improvement in function and considerable reduction in pain.
Nevertheless, it is of utmost importance that patients take into account that learning to stiffen the lumbar spine might not be on their best interest, and this is something that patients learnt to do during the study. In fact, even though pain and disability decreased after the treatment, many patients would still apply this technique. Whilst further research will be required to obtain more conclusive results, this is a good start for those patients suffering from unbearable lower back pain.
At CT Sports Physical Therapy & Wellness, we strive to provide the best quality care available for our clients regardless of their condition, including lumbar spine physical therapy Fairfield, CT. From tailored wellness programs to encouragement and education, our goal is to help you achieve better health. We are the only Physical Therapy Practice to carry advanced certifications as Sports Clinical Specialists in Norwalk, CT.
Make an appointment today calling at (203) 957-8100