Your Health

Exercises treat and prevent injury, break bad habits


While the body is remarkably strong and resilient, it is also fragile. Injuries can occur when people push themselves too hard, don’t warm up properly or use improper form when exercising.

Unfortunately, one injury can set you back weeks, or even months. Even seemingly minor injuries can slow you down and keep you from your normal activities. The implications of this are far-reaching. When you have an injury that keeps you from being mobile, it doesn’t just affect one part of the body – it affects cardiovascular health, overall muscle mass, body weight and quality of sleep. You may even experience depression or anxiety as a result of your physical state. Lack of regular physical activity can lead to additional health problems. A small strain may not be such a big deal, but more serious injuries can be life-changing.

One commonly held belief regarding an injury is that “taking it easy” is the best medicine. Obviously, you don’t want to risk making things worse or prolonging the recovery process, but it’s important to continue moving your body. This is where rehabilitative exercises come in.

Approaching exercise and injury recovery requires professional help. Don’t make the mistake of taking a do-it-yourself approach to rehabbing your injury. Seeking qualified physical therapy practitioners is vital to your recovery. There are very specific exercises and steps to take to heal your injury, restore your range of motion and help you get back on track. A program specifically designed to help you recover can make all the difference.

Injury prevention is also something to consider. So many injuries occur as a result of improper movement or lack of strength and endurance. Exercises that focus on building strength, balance and flexibility can help prevent future injuries.

Proper posture and movement is another factor to keep in mind. Most people would be surprised to know how many injuries can be prevented with good posture and awareness of your alignment.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation, the process of regaining as much function as possible, involves restoring strength, flexibility, range of motion, endurance, coordination and power. It is achieved through various exercises and body awareness.

Rehabilitative exercises are often overlooked, but they can make a significant difference in your recovery. The aim of a rehabilitative program is to regain pre-injury levels in all aspects of movement, fitness and activities. You may surprise yourself with an even higher level of active ability than expected with a consistent exercise program. This therapeutic approach puts you in control of your life, which is an essential part of recovery and future injury prevention.

Community-based Rehab Fitness Specialist Workshops and regular rehabilitative exercise classes are essential to help you on the road to recovery.

Buff Bones

The movement system for fit bones, Buff Bones, is a medically endorsed, full-body workout for bone strengthening and balance. It integrates Pilates, strength training, functional movement and rehabilitative exercise to improve the health and longevity of your bones and joints. It’s adaptable to varying levels and is safe for those with osteoporosis. It also helps tone your arms, hips, back and abs.

Restore To Before

The Restore To Before workshop is designed to transform your everyday movements, from lifting groceries or a baby out of a car to getting in or out of chairs and getting up from or sitting down on the floor. We work on reaching, lifting, twisting, kneeling, traversing stairs and balancing.

Whether you are a new mom, striving for better posture or less lower-back pain or simply looking to maintain an active lifestyle as you age, this approach is for anyone who wants to learn how to move better and reduce bad habits.

Rehabilitative exercises help you heal, move safely and get back to your favorite activities. A good, community-based Rehab Fitness workshop not only helps you move better after injuries, but also helps prevent injuries in the future.

These approaches to exercise are a proactive way to promote a happier experience when you travel and ​become more active in the summer.

Kim Gladfelter is owner of PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness, 1000 Fremont Ave., Los Altos. For more information, visit physiofitpt.com.

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