Upon completion of a successful physical therapy treatment with Jennifer Klein Physical Therapy & AATB Pilates, you are ready to take on day-to-day life post-therapy. For some individuals, it can be anything from playing with your kids, returning to your favorite hobby, or tying your shoes. It is very important that our patients understand the importance of continuing with the steps you have taken towards recovery — even after your sessions have ended. The last thing you want is for all of your hard work to go to waste due and your freshly regained health to dwindle away.
As you look to continue with your success from physical therapy, here are a few key things we recommend adding into your daily routine to optimize and maintain your health. If you have any further questions or are looking to get started with physical therapy treatment in Houston Heights, give us a call at Jennifer Klein Physical Therapy & AATB Pilates today!
Don’t Stop Moving
For some individuals, physical therapy sessions may be the time that they perform the most physical activity. It is important to keep the phrase “motion is the lotion” in mind as you are moving forward from your treatments, as moving your body helps to keep your joints working properly and increases blood flow, which is key to healing. This concept applies to virtually all physical therapy patients that enter and successfully complete their treatment, regardless of the way you decide to move.
Eat Well and Drink Plenty of H2O
Proper nutrition and hydration are vital elements of wellness. Food is fuel for our bodies and we must eat the right amount of vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for repairing damaged tissues. While nutrition can look different to a lot of people, choosing the right foods can be as easy as adding more lean protein or healthy fats into your diet and working on cutting down on or eliminating processed sugars.
Hydration is also crucial and makes sure that the nutrients you consume from your foods are transported to the areas of your body that need repair. Due to our bodies being roughly made up of 70% water, it is important to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces to ensure proper hydration (or an ounce per pound of body weight if you are an athlete).
Getting enough sleep is also extremely important when continuing on your path towards maintaining your health post-physical therapy treatment. This is because of the fact that our bodies do repair work while we are asleep. And while there are different guidelines for each person as to how much sleep is enough, having a regular routine and getting the same amount of sleep each night tends to make the world of a difference in terms of good sleep hygiene. Just be sure you are getting at least 7 hours.
Stick to Your Home Exercise Program
Upon completion of your physical therapy treatment, your therapist will likely put together a final home exercise program for you to continue doing in order to ensure that you have everything you need to move forward after an injury and maintain the success of post-treatment care.
If you are experiencing any pain and home interventions are not helping to lessen pain, give us a call or stop by Jennifer Klein Physical Therapy & AATB Pilates in Houston today.