October is National Physical Therapy Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapy.
When it comes to staying active and exercising in a healthy and safe manner, there are many different avenues and therapies to consider. Yoga, Pilates, weight training, and aerobics are all well-known and beneficial for maintaining strength, flexibility, and bone density.
Not always considered as a form of exercise and/or prevention is Physical Therapy.
Physical therapy can be an excellent avenue to explore. Physical therapists can customize treatment plans and choose exercises specifically tailored to your needs. They have the knowledge and expertise to avoid aggravating any previous injuries where the other forms of exercise or therapy might miss the mark.
Enhance your performance
Additionally, a physical therapist is able to create a therapeutic-level exercise program to enhance your performance of the above activities as well as any other active hobbies such as gardening, hiking, or playing golf.
A conversation about your goals and concerns with your primary care provider at your annual physical may prompt your provider to order physical therapy for issues such as weakness, lack of flexibility, or poor endurance. A physical therapist will work with you and collaborate with your care providers to fully understand your situation and develop a custom plan to achieve your goals.
How a physical therapist can help
Physical therapists empower people to be active participants in their own care and design treatment plans for each person’s needs, challenges and goals. Physical therapy can help people improve their mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease.
VNA Outpatient Therapy, a program of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, is located at 5468 Main Street in Manchester, VT. The team of therapists provides advanced care in a fully-accessible open gym with quality fitness equipment. Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on-care, and patient education.
Sarah Thabet, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at VNA Outpatient Therapy, a program of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region