Do you need a body tune-up for spring?
Now that spring has finally arrived, most of us get the urge to get outdoors and “do something”. For some of us that maybe walking more, starting a running program, gardening, biking, tennis, golf, hiking, kayaking or many other activities. Although we are mentally ready to become more active, our bodies may not physically be quite so ready.
During the winter months, many people spend their time primarily indoors in relative hibernation with decreased activity. Even people who stay relatively active during the winter month may benefit from a physical therapy tune-up. Why? The activities you engage in during the winter months may not use the same muscles as the ones you will use in the spring.
Repetitive motions required in golf, swimming, tennis, softball, and others may lead to strains and sprains affecting your muscles or tendons. Plantar fasciitis, hamstring strains, or runner’s knee may slow your progress if you ramp up your jogging or running program too quickly. Neck or back pain are quite common as gardening and spring cleaning season starts anew.
While this may sound daunting, don’t let it discourage you from getting outdoors and becoming more active. Most of us just want to jump into the activity we chose without much planning or preparation, but that can often lead to injury and disappointment. The key is to start out slowly. Warm-up your body for a few minutes before getting into any strenuous activity. Also, make sure you gradually increase your activity intensity and duration over time.
Not sure where to start? Remembering previous seasons with lots of aches and pains? Having a spring tune-up from a physical therapist can help you get ready for the activities you want to enjoy this outdoor season. A physical therapist can assess your alignment, flexibility, strength, endurance, balance, and coordination and help you in the areas needed to improve your performance and prevent injury and unnecessary aches and pains.
To schedule an appointment with your physical therapist at Synergy Fitness for Her, contact us at (919) 402-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birgit Reher, PT, DPT