October is National Physical Therapy Month, so I thought you might want to know why you should see a physical therapist. Maryland is a direct access state which means that you don’t have to see a doctor before seeking out physical therapy. Here are five reasons to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist.
1. You have an old injury that flares up. If you’re worried that physical activity will re-injure you, a physical therapist can help assess muscle imbalances, and give safe guidelines for beginning an exercise program.
2. You have a pre-existing condition that makes movement challenging. There are lots of conditions that require caution when considering an exercise program. Whether you have diabetes, MS, cancer, or are just uncertain about what exercises are safe for you, a physical therapist can help assess your movement patterns and develop a plan geared for your level.
3. You have pain from your job. If you’re sitting all day, or lifting heavy things or children at work, you probably feel some aches and pains by the end of the day. A physical therapist can help you improve your posture, as well as teach you techniques for better movement.
4. You want to improve your performance. If you’re a runner, tennis player, dancer, gymnast, horseback rider, etc. you can see a physical therapist to help offer guidance on how to improve your performance. Learning about muscle imbalances or improper movement patterns can help you improve your form to make your movements smoother and easier.
5. You’ve experienced a life change that affects the way your body functions. Maybe you’ve had a baby, gained or lost a lot of weight, recovered from an injury, whatever the reason, you may be struggling to find ways to move your body comfortably. A physical therapist can help you understand what is restricting your body and help you find ways to relieve tightness and regain mobility.
If you have any questions or want an evaluation, call L A R Physical Therapy at 410.381.1574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.