Summer is fast approaching, temperatures are starting to rise and you're hoping your AC is working as efficiently as possible before the hottest months of the year are upon you. If not, you'll be calling an expert in for a tune-up or in extreme circumstances, you might need a complete overhaul.
Just like an AC system that has been mostly dormant for the past few months, a body that hasn't been physically engaged on a regular basis may have trouble getting started again. This time of year, the warm temperatures draw many people out to the streets and parks for that first activity of the season. A good percentage of these folks haven't been very active throughout the winter, so it should come as no surprise that a 3 mile run or pick up softball game is going to stir up a few aches and pains.
Especially as we age, our ability to move undergoes changes. Whether we're talking about a college student or a retiree, returning to an activity without proper planning is a recipe for disaster. That's where physical therapy comes in. Physical therapists are trained to treat injuries and ease pain, but they can also help their patients prevent injuries and safely prepare to participate in new (or old) activities.
Think of physical therapists as "movement consultants" who can ensure that your body is physically ready to tackle a new challenge - or resume a favorite leisure activity. Here's another example to illustrate what we're talking about: Let's say that you play in an adult soccer league and you're preparing for your first game of the season in a few weeks. You probably hung up your cleats when the last season ended months ago, but expect to just pick up where you left off. It's simply too much to ask of your 2019 debut on the field, to be on the same level as the last game of the previous season, when you likely had reached peak performance.
This is a good time for your PT to step in and help you shake off the cobwebs. A movement specialist can customize an exercise plan to help you slowly return to sport and avoid an injury that could sideline you for the season. In summary, a good PT will ensure that your body is prepared to return to its former activity level following a hiatus, avoiding injury and preventing you from missing out on the things you enjoy the most!