Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
If you’re a physical therapy patient, you may wonder why you have a home exercise program in addition to your scheduled physical therapy appointments. It can be tempting to skip your home exercises, especially if you are beginning to feel better, but it is well worth your time to do your home exercise program. Here’s why:
1. Your physical therapist is only with you for a limited amount of time every day. A home exercise program can help you get better faster, maximizing your time in the clinic.
2. Your home exercises may include postural corrections or exercises focused on improving your body mechanics. If you continue to reinforce bad habits at home or work, it will be harder to make improvements in the 2-3 days a week you have physical therapy appointments.
3. Continuing your home exercise program can help you to stay pain free after your treatment is over. You don’t want to lose the gains you’ve made! It only takes 1-2 weeks to see a reduction in muscle performance after you stop performing resistance exercises.
4. By performing your prescribed exercises after you have completed physical therapy, you can help to prevent the injury from recurring and manage symptoms on your own.
Let us know right away if you are having difficulty with an exercise or if it is causing you pain. We can work with you to make sure you are performing the exercise correctly, address any issues that may be causing pain, and ensure that you are able to get the maximum benefits from your individual home exercise program.
Some people are motivated by others and thrive on routine. If you are one of those people and you have completed physical therapy, consider joining our fitness center. You will have the benefit of being familiar with our equipment and can get feedback from staff regarding your exercises.