How to make major progress, even if you’re too busy for a physical therapist

by | Jun 18, 2021 | Sports Injuries

If you’re too busy for a physical therapist, it can feel like you’re caught between a rock and a hard place: devote yourself to your jam-packed calendar but let your pain persist, or carve time out of your schedule to go see a pro and risk falling behind. As options and models of physical therapy care evolve with the times, so do the ways you can receive that care in the first place. If a regular commute to your physical therapist’s office just doesn’t logistically fit into your lifestyle, then you can explore other options – and there are other options out there besides the strict in-office model that most people associate with physical therapy. Today, we’re going over some short-term solutions you can explore to alleviate pain and improve mobility, all the while exploring the cutting-edge approach to care that’s tailor-made for busy lifestyles: mobile physical therapy. Let’s get started.

Short-term Solution: Find Physical Therapist-Approved Resources

If you’re looking for resources that can help you alleviate pain or improve overall mobility for the time being, your best bet is to look at what licensed physical therapists are sharing. Specifically, look for stretching and exercise routines that you can incorporate into any setting at any time of the day. Even a few stretches at your desk or in your living room every morning can make a difference if done correctly and in adherence to a professional’s recommendations. Though virtual stretching and mobility sessions are by no means a sustainable long-term solution, they can be a great way to get started, test your mobility, and see what areas require the most immediate professional attention. Purpose Physical Therapy’s own founder and physical therapist, Dr. Ken Clark, has shared his recommendations for busy schedule-friendly stretches and movements that can be done from anywhere. Check out his recommendations.

Short-term Solution: Make Small Changes

The best kinds of lifestyle changes are the ones that are recommended to you by a medical professional who has an understanding of your unique circumstances and goals. With that said, if you’re still on the search for the right physical therapy model and want to make small improvements right away, start by making manageable and sustainable changes to your everyday routine. For example, if you’ve been experiencing lower back pain, consider investing in an ergonomic office chair with lower back support. Follow reliable physical therapists on social media, and follow along as they share recommended stretches and exercises for your specific kind of pain. Incorporate a light stretching routine into your mornings or evenings and try to work about 20-30 minutes of movement into your everyday schedule (even if that just means taking the stairs or parking a little farther from your office building’s entrance). Small changes like these may not feel like much, especially if you’re used to diving full-throttle into your goals, but they can lay the foundation for significant long-term change.

Look Into Mobile Physical Therapy

Mobile physical therapy is the optimal solution to consider if you feel you’re too busy for a physical therapist. This treatment model is an approach for the 21st century, allowing people with busy lifestyles to receive the care they need in a setting that works best for them. The mobile approach to physical therapy at Purpose is simple: rather than expecting you to commute to an office one or more times per week, your physical therapist comes to you. Whether it’s your home, office, gym, or anywhere else you feel comfortable, Dr. Ken Clark will meet you at the setting of your choosing equipped with everything you’ll need for a great physical therapy session.

The mobile approach to physical therapy works because it’s non-disruptive, bringing the same effective movements and exercises that you’d be doing in a doctor’s office to the setting of your choosing. This makes it easier – not to mention more sustainable in the long-term – for individuals with busy schedules to stick to custom-made physical therapy plans that optimize their fitness and maximize their mobility.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can benefit from physical therapy, and about how Purpose Physical Therapy’s mobile approach to care works, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and claim an exclusive offer on your first evaluation with Dr. Ken Clark.
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