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If you are currently going through physical therapy or about to start physical therapy, you probably want to recovery from your pain and injury as quickly as possible. This article will share with you why recovery can take so long for some, and give a few actionable tips to finish physical therapy and get back to your normal life in record time.
What Can I Do?
Most physical therapy sessions have a general prognosis of how long it will take you to complete them. Based off the severity of the pain and injury, this will differ greatly. Although there are usually guidelines based off of weeks or months to recovery, this isn’t a hard set number. But what are we actually recovering from? Let’s talk about stress.
When going through physical therapy, you are putting the tissues that might have been injured or overused through very light stress or stimulus. Why are you doing this? If you put stress on a tissue, this is actually what helps it become stronger and less painful again. Over time, you can build up this tolerance, back to where you were before. This is where improving recovery comes into play. The better your body can recover from this stress, the quicker you can finish physical therapy. Let’s see a few ways to do this. My last one is by far my favorite tip.
Focus on Hydration
Connective tissue and muscle contains a large amount of water. If you aren’t properly hydrated, this won’t allow this tissues to recover as well.
Increase Protein Intake
Making sure your protein intake is high is incredibly useful in recovering from physical therapy. Protein helps repair all types of cells and damage in our body, including stress and damage put onto it during physical therapy.
Up Your Calories
If you are someone who is especially skinnier and doesn’t have a lot of excess weight, increasing calorie intake will help give your body more energy to recover from the sessions.
Although resting the affected area outside of physical therapy is recommended, you should still do general physical activity as much as possible. Going out for light walks, doing some gardening, and other activities such as these can improve circulation and decrease stiffness from physical therapy sessions. Do follow your therapists guidelines on avoiding specific activities, though.
Strengthen The Rest of Your Body
Usually overuse injuries come from one body part compensating for another. Because of this, gaining strength in the rest of your body can help you to maintain strength and decrease repeat injuries, after your sessions are done.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is so crucial in repairing your cells from the damage of simply living, in addition to whatever workload you are putting it through during your physical therapy sessions. By getting at least 8-9 hours of time in bed, you are ensuring quality sleep for your recovery needs.
Load Up On Micronutrients
If you aren’t already eating a large amount of fruits and vegetables, finishing physical therapy quicker might be a good reason to start. By eating more of these micronutrient rich foods, you can improve circulation, cell repair, and many other aspects of recovery that will be compromised if you aren’t eating these types of foods.
Keep Up With It
Physical therapy doesn’t end after physical therapy. To remain pain free and independent, you need to be continuing to move your body, adapt from stress, and challenge it’s capacity. Without this, you will be back in physical therapy, reading through this article again. We created a low impact program below, that can keep you afloat when finished with physical therapy.
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