Your road to recovery encompasses many different elements.
It’s part rehabilitation, it’s part being mindfully active, it’s part resting. Knowing the best way to treat your body as you come off of an injury or surgery is our specialty.
Aside from knowing the different treatments and modalities to assist you during your physical therapy sessions, this month we help you by offering tips on how you can master the road to recovery through easy-to-do self-care practices that can help to support your PT so we can get you back to feeling your best. Aside from what we provide you in your road to recovery, nutrition, sleep, and stress management are all factors you have control over that can help you bounce back as quickly as possible.
Nutrition: If you think of your body as a vehicle, you can think of the food you feed it as the fuel. If you give your car the wrong fuel, it will stop working; your body is no different. Food is what your body needs to support your recovery and your exercise program. In fact, fitness and food go hand in hand. Exercise (in whatever form that looks like for you while you recover and rehabilitate) and nutrition go hand in hand. We can help you understand your macronutrients and the relationship between your diet and your exercise as you work through your healing process.
Sleep: Sleep is the opportunity for your body and your mind to replenish and restore themselves. We are all so busy, and as a result, it is easy to skimp on sleep. This is detrimental to your recovery. By planning your evening to allow you to get a little more sleep each night will allow your body the opportunity to improve your physical performance, and in turn your recovery. The average adult needs anywhere from 6.5-8.5 hours of sleep. Listen to your body to know what is right for you.
Stress Management: Most folks have become so used to stress being a part of their daily lives that they minimize the presence of stress in their day to day existence. Your body, especially when it is recovering from an injury or surgery, is not immune to stress. The most effective way to manage the stress in your life is to be aware of it. When you are aware of what your daily stress levels are, you can plan your PT sessions and subsequent periods of activity accordingly. Look for opportunities to mitigate your stress, whether that looks like simple stretching to help you relax and recover, or scheduled yoga practices, depending on how your body will allow you to move.
There are many components at play while you recover and get back to your full range of motion and full levels of strength! Our physical therapists have the education and passion to tailor a unique program that is specific to your needs to help you get back to the activities you love to do! We also have nutritionists on staff who can assist with enhancing your diet for healing - and weight loss, if needed.
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