How to Return to Summer Activities Pain-Free
Want to return pain-free this summer? Here's what you need to know
Things are opening back up in the world – are you ready? With summer coming at us in full swing just as stay-at-home orders are starting to get lifted, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself back in the summer activities we all know and love.
From backyard BBQ games to beach activities to 4th of July excursions, we want to make sure you’re in your best shape for the summer after sitting through quarantine.
It is possible that the sedentary lifestyle that many of us have experienced since being quarantined can lead to more aches, pains, and discomfort than one may think. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re being safe when getting back into physical activities, in order to avoid unwanted injuries that could take you away from the fun. Inside are some tips for getting back into normal daily activities. As always, if you have any questions or if you’d like additional information, don’t hesitate to contact Panetta Physical Therapy.
Top 4 Tips to Become Pain-free
1. Take personal inventory. Before getting back into the full swing of your normal physical activities, it is important to take a personal inventory of your body to understand how it feels. Make sure to identify any new aches or pains that have stemmed from lack of activity, poor posture, or new quarantine activities. By working with a physical therapist, you can minimize these newfound aches and pains, so you can be successful when getting back into your physical activities this summer.
2. Baby steps at first. If you haven’t been participating in the same type of vigorous physical activity you used to be accustomed to, it is important to begin with baby steps. Start small in the beginning and build up from there. When you push your body past its current limits, you make yourself more prone to injuries because your body is not prepared for the physical demands being asked of it. A physical therapist can help identify impairments and modify your routine, so it is specific for you and your activity goals.
3. Keeping the correct form. No matter what type of physical exercise you are trying to get back into, form is a crucial part of it. Proper form could mean the difference between physical progress or injury. Your ability to safely perform any movement is reliant on great posture and proper body positioning. When living the sedentary lives that we all currently are, it is possible for your natural posture to shift a bit. A physical therapist can also help you improve your form during exercise by addressing any issues you may have while sitting, standing, twisting, bending, running, jumping, or lifting. Your physical therapist will create targeted exercises and stretches for you to improve your current form and limit the amount of impact on your joints during exercise.
4. Getting back to your weight goal. It is no secret that this quarantine will cause many of us to lose some muscle mass and put on some more weight. With help from a physical therapist, you can set up an exercise regimen that will help you shed some pounds and maintain a healthy weight, taking off the added stress on your joints that may have developed during the stay-at-home orders. Your physical therapist will customize an exercise plan for your specific needs, which may include stretching, aerobic exercise, weight training, or pain relief treatments if necessary. This will help in reaching your targeted weight and decreasing pressure on vulnerable parts of your body.
Ready to get started?
If you are looking for a physical therapist to help you get back into shape after quarantine, or if you’d like extra precautionary tips for returning to daily life, contact us at Panetta Physical Therapy today to discover how we can help you achieve your fitness goals after being sedentary. At Panetta Physical Therapy, we want your summer to be fun, exciting, and injury-free! Call us today to schedule a consultation or speak with one of our licensed physical therapists
Frequently Asked Questions
Physical therapists are experts in movement and function that can diagnose and treat a range of injuries, disabilities, and health conditions. Our primary goal is to help people relieve pain, prevent injury & loss of movement, and help patients avoid surgery.
Our specialists provide pain relief through individualized treatment plan designed specifically for you that can include treatment methods such as hand-on techniques, therapeutic exercise, and electrical nerve stimulation.
We’ll guide you so you can recover range of motion, strength, and endurance. Our mission is to help you achieve your goals so you can get back to doing what you love again.
The first priority of physical therapy is to relieve your discomfort, and the second priority is to restore or enhance your function.
Many people have a diagnosis for what’s going on with their body either given to them by a doctor or maybe you found it online.
You could have been told that your only choice was to rest it, get surgery, or take pain medicine.
The problem is that those methods may not be fixing what is causing the problem in the first place.
What physical treatment here at Panetta PT does is treat the root cause of the issue. In many cases, it can eliminate pain altogether or fix whatever the problem is so you can avoid the need for surgery or pain medications.
On your first visit, the physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation lasting approximately 45-60 minutes which includes history, postural assessment, neurological screening, and tests and measures to gain a more specific understanding of your condition.
We provide hands-on techniques as well as tests to survey the range-of-motion, strength and flexibility of the area. Our goal is to determine the source of the pain and stiffness you’re dealing with and why it all started.
We listen to you and review the history of the pain. Afterwards, our expert physical therapist will use this information from your evaluation to design a plan of action that can bring you long-term relief and restore your function to normal again.
We have expert physical therapists who have more than 30+ years of experience helping patients return to pain-free normal living even when other treatments they’ve tried has never worked.
Or mission is to help patients find a long-term solution to the root cause of their problem so they never have to worry about it again all without surgery, medications, or injections.
We’re passionate about what we do and are committed to making you feel better and getting you back to enjoying your life fully, freely and without limitations!
We treat all of our patients like our own family, so come check us out!
Our evaluation and per visit rate is low by comparison to other solutions like surgery or injections. Don’t worry, the team at Panetta Physical Therapy will come up with an affordable solution to get you better fast! They have a payment plan option that is budget friendly if you don’t have insurance.
We are in network with Medicare and most commercial health insurance plans. It’s best to call our number listed and our patient coordinators will let you know if we accept the insurance.