Physical therapy can be a great option for individuals who suffer from chronic pain, physical ailments, or other medical conditions. However, many people wonder if they should continue their physical therapy even after their condition has improved. The answer is yes! After the initial goal of physical therapy has been achieved, continuing the treatment can help maintain the progress made and keep the body strong and healthy.
First of all, it is important to understand what physical therapy actually entails. Physical therapy involves using exercises and strategies to restore movement and strength in an individual’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, and other tissues. It also helps bring back the balance that was lost due to a certain injury or ailment. Physical therapists employ a variety of modalities such as massage therapy, electrotherapy (including ultrasound and electrical stimulation), hydrotherapy (water-based treatments) and more to help patients strengthen their bodies while decreasing pain.
Continuing physical therapy after your condition has improved recommended for three main reasons: maintenance of progress made, prevention of future injuries, and promotion of overall health and wellness. With continued physical therapy sessions, you will be able to maintain the progress that has already been achieved throughout your rehabilitation process. In addition to helping strengthen weak areas of your body that may have been affected by injury or illness, regular physical activities can also help prevent future injuries by increasing flexibility and range of motion in order to reduce the risk of muscle sprains or strains.
Finally, continuing with physical therapy can also help promote overall health and wellness by improving cardiovascular health through strengthening your heart muscles and increasing your stamina as well as helping with weight management by encouraging proper nutrition habits along with exercise routines tailored specifically for each person’s needs. Furthermore, regular exercise activities can also reduce stress levels by boosting endorphin production, which leads to improved moods as well as improved sleep quality due to increased relaxation techniques utilized during sessions with a trained professional Physical Therapist.
The benefits associated with continuing physical therapy are numerous; not only will you maintain all progress made but you will also be taking proactive steps toward preventing future injuries and promoting overall health and wellness for a better quality of life. Suppose you have questions about how best to proceed with your recovery plan after achieving the initial goals set forth during the rehabilitation process. In that case, it is best advised that you speak directly with a licensed professional Physical Therapist who will be able to create an individualized plan based on your current needs and abilities to maximize recovery results while minimizing risks associated with prolonged treatments over time.