Most of us think of physical therapy in terms of recovery from a catastrophic health event, such as a stroke or a severe bone fracture. In truth, physical therapy can also be helpful in solving more common heath problems, like headaches, and in avoiding health problems altogether. Indeed, almost all exercise can be considered a former of physical therapy.
At least three components of physical therapy can benefit everyone day to day. Such therapeutic exercise should include endurance training, resistance training and flexibility training.
Endurance training will help you gain energy and stamina for running a marathon or running the gauntlet on a busy day at work. By walking, running or cycling as little as 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week, you will see results.
Resistance training will increase balance and strength. Such training can take different forms including lifting free weights or by pushing or pulling continuously on an immovable object.
Flexibility training assists with range of motion and includes activities ranging from basic stretching to highly controlled machine-based exercises.
Therapeutic exercise is important not only after medical emergencies but for day-to-day life. For more information, search through our website or give us a call (212-213-3480).