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New Year, New You by William J. Reader, Physical Therapist

 Don’t let extreme sports become extreme injuries. Visit a physical therapist for a functional checkup!

New Year, New You!

The start of a New Year brings with it fitness resolutions.  We recommend you visit a physical therapist before you start a new exercise program and dive into transforming yourself.  Following are considerations to take into account:

Have a Physical Therapist Evaluate Your Flexibility and Mobility
  • Sitting at a desk all day causes tightness in your frontal muscles and ligaments, while stretching your back muscles. This affects your balance and flexibility. A physical therapist will  detect any imbalance affecting your flexibility and address it right away so you do not lose mobility.  Gaining strength without flexibility results in the loss of mobility, causing pain, tingling and loss of desire to continue towards your functional makeover. Your goal should be to strengthen the muscles you sit on during the work. This will make you look taller, feel stronger and function better.
Avoid strains, tendonitis and bursitis
  • If you are not an athlete, do not start training like one. Your Subjective Pain Level (SPL) must be developed gradually. SPL is rated from 0 to 10, with 0 = I have no pain, to 10 = take me to the hospital now! Generally speaking, if you have no pain and are over 25 years of age, your SPL should gradually advance by 2 points when working out. Take a rest, recover to your baseline and continue again in order to avoid strains, tendinitis or bursitis.

Visit a physical therapist today so that he or she can conduct a functional assessment to evaluate for:

🎯Posture alignment
🎯Range of motion
🎯Gross muscle strength of core and extremities

A New You is right around the corner!


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