When we think of the after effects of having surgery, suffering from a fall or other accident, or even from an illness, most of us know it is usually recommended that we have some physical therapy to aid in our recovery. But do we fully understand the entirety of its ramifications?
Why Physical Therapy for Recovery
I once had surgery on my hand and was amazed at how the muscles in my hand deteriorated so quickly while in a splint. Even after recovering I would often wear the splint if I was going anywhere I had to shake hands because it was painful when people would squeeze my hand by some of those more robust handshakers!. After 2 hours I could tell that I had lost some of the use of my hand.
But why physical therapy? Why not just go home rest up and start back where you left off? Is that even possible? What do others say?
The Row House
There’s been many changes in PT through the years. One of our partners, The Row House @ http://therowhouse.com had a really good write-up on their blog and I will be quoting them here:
“Recovery, in the context of physical therapy, refers to the comprehensive process of restoring optimal health, function, and well-being following an injury, surgery, or debilitating condition. It encompasses not only the healing of physical structures but also the restoration of mobility, strength, and overall quality of life. The importance of recovery cannot be overstated, as it directly impacts an individual’s ability to regain independence and engage in daily activities . However, the recovery process often presents challenges – such as pain, limited range of motion, muscle weakness, and psychological hurdles. This highlights the need for holistic approaches to recovery that go beyond traditional therapies. By considering the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – physical therapists can optimize outcomes and empower patients to achieve a complete and sustainable recovery.”
What are ‘holistic approaches’ as mentioned above? Holistic approaches are traditionally looking at the whole being instead of just looking at the injured part. The Row House recommends rowing as an addition to traditional therapy Why? Rowing is low impact, uses multiple muscles
, and helps oxygenate your body. Are you able to see how this could help with cardiovascular, core strength, posture, and even mental health.
For more info on this check out their blog with more in-depth knowledge. Why rowing can help in the physical enhancement and recovery of those who have suffered from illness, injury, surgery, or other health-related issues and for general health, as well.
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