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When you exercise regularly, it’s easy to tell when something feels off. The challenge is recognizing the difference between overdoing your workout and serious injury.
If you’re on the fence about seeking help from a medical professional, err on the side of caution. Address your concerns with an expert.
Here are three reasons you might seek out a physical therapist:
Improve mobility and movement
Physical therapists are in the business of helping people feel their best. Maximizing your movement is a key part of that goal. That’s why they work with patients to develop customized exercise programs. It helps prevent further injury and improves overall health and well-being.
Maybe you’ve noticed that the inside of your left shoe wears out quicker than your right. You might be favoring one leg when you run, or you might face alignment issues. Or perhaps something in your calf muscle pulls every time you deadlift. You could be dealing with a posture problem or a lack of flexibility.
If the way you’re moving feels wrong, a physical therapist can identify the cause. They’ll put together an exercise routine to restore mobility and ensure maximum performance.
Eliminate pain with physical therapy
So you tweaked your back on a squat superset you’ve done a hundred times before. It’s not uncommon to suffer injuries while doing routine exercises. All it takes is a little extra weight in the wrong place or an off day with the wrong grip. Signing up for physical therapy can help you quickly recover from a setback.
There are a variety of ways a physical therapist can help. Therapeutic exercises can help relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function. You might benefit from manual therapy techniques, such as joint and soft tissue mobilization. Ultrasound, taping, and hot and cold tub soaks are a few more tools physical therapists use. Ultimately, they’ll find what’s right for your specific injury.
Improve your athletic performance
You don’t need to have an injury to attend regular physical therapy sessions. At Accel Performance and Wellness, our Access Elite membership includes one physical therapy session per month. Members can address mobility challenges with licensed physical therapists. Our physical therapists also provide guidance on improving athletic performance. Expert eyes can spot areas of improvement before a problem gets worse.
At Accel, our cash-based physical therapy services allow you to make an appointment without a doctor’s referral. We have a wide variety of services to treat physical therapy-related issues: from our Return to Play and injury recovery programs to personalized blood flow restriction therapy. If you’re looking for guidance about how physical therapy can help you get back on track, talk to us and see what Accel can do for you.