How Exercise and Movement Impact Recovery

December 20th, 2020

Recover Faster with These Tips!

What comes to mind when you think of recovering from an injury, surgical procedure, or painful area? Most people may imagine lots of rest, with little to no movement, and lounging on the couch until you feel better.

While rest is undeniably important to recovery, so is exercise – and a healthy amount of exercise will likely help you feel better and recover faster.

At Fusion Performance, our dedicated physical therapists can help create an exercise plan that best fits your needs during your recovery, so you can make sure you are not pushing yourself too far but still getting the movement you need to return to your daily routine.

Looking to learn more? Contact Fusion Performance today to set up a consultation!

How is exercising during recovery helpful?

Recovery treatment plans tend to focus on targeted exercises and stretches that are aimed at helping relieve your pain, improve your strength, and redeem your optimum function in the affected area(s) of your body. 

Your treatment plan may also incorporate additional methods or modalities as needed, such as manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and more. Essentially, it helps you make a full recovery faster.

Your work with a physical therapist can begin at any time during your recovery. Depending on the type of pain, injury, or operation that you have undergone, your therapist can teach you different ways of moving until you are further along in your recovery process.

From there, physical therapy will involve helping you with recovery and getting back to a normal life. A physical therapy exercise plan will be tailored toward gradually rebuilding your strength, without the risk of developing more pain or reinjuring yourself. 

As stated by the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapy can help not only with overall wellness, but also prevention. Remember that a physical therapist has many tools and techniques at their disposal, and they are trained specifically in the best methods to help you recover from an injury or surgery!

What else can I do to help myself recover?

During your recovery, it is important to take a look at all aspects of your daily life and find places where you may be able to add more movement throughout the day.

A great place to start is your workplace setup – do you spend all day working from a desk chair or sitting on the couch working from home? If so, a standing or adjustable desk may be a good investment to get you on your feet.

Using a standing desk as opposed to a traditional sitting desk has been proven to lower one’s chances of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Nevertheless, standing desks are not for everyone, especially those with joint or vascular conditions.

You may be asking, “doesn’t standing all day long have its own implications?” The short answer is – yes. Anything without moderation can have its pitfalls. Standing can boost your energy levels, concentration, and even your mood, but if you have a traditional 9-5 job, chances are that level of productivity will dissipate after a while.

Standing for too long can cause you to run out of energy quicker and can take a toll on your physical comfort, especially while you are recovering. Many medical professionals recommend adjustable desks for workplace environments, so employees can spend a large amount of their day standing or stretching, with the opportunity to rest when they become tired.

For more information on what may be the best option for you, we can help.

Ready to speed up your recovery?

If you are looking to recover faster, look no further. Our physical therapists at Fusion Performance can provide you with the tools you need to get back to normal life ASAP. Contact us today to get started!

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