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Traditional physical therapy can serve as a bridge to adopting a maintenance regimen, such as Pilates or yoga, that augments a person’s health following injury or surgery, said Ron King, staff physical therapist at Physiotherapy Associates of Columbus.
“Consulting with your physician or physical therapist prior to starting can help to determine what is and isn’t appropriate for you,” King said.
A lot of people become afraid to move following an injury, said Lynn Billeter-Ellegood, physical therapist with Columbus Regional Hospital.
But Pilates and yoga are two low-impact forms of exercise that allow a patient to move within a range that is comfortable for him, she said.
“A lot of times, we incorporate those same movements in traditional physical therapy,” Billeter-Ellegood said. “It is all complementary.”
You get the flexibility of motion with yoga, and core work with Pilates, Billeter-Ellegood said.
Before starting any exercise regimen or class, it is important to consult with and be cleared by your physician or therapist, she said.
When exercising, it is essential to pay attention to your body’s cues.
If you experience sharp pain, that indicates you should stop, Billeter-Ellegood said. Burning or pulling sensations can be a sign of muscle fatigue.
“The only way people are going to keep the gains is to continue with a form of exercise,” she said. “They can’t go back to being inactive.”
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