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The success of your physical therapy treatment partially depends on how well you take care of yourself after your physical therapy sessions. Unfortunately, some patients make mistakes after sessions that detract from the success of treatment. The following are six mistakes you should avoid right after a physical therapy session.
Not drinking enough water
A physical therapy session can involve a good deal of exertion and make you sweat. This can make you dehydrated if you're not drinking enough water. Drinking water is, therefore, an important part of recovering from a session. Staying hydrated helps deliver nutrients to your cells that allow your muscles to recover from a physical therapy workout. Drinking water also helps to prevent headaches and joint aches. Drink water both during and after your physical therapy session to avoid dehydration.
Failing to stretch enough
Stretching after you exercise your muscles is important to avoid soreness and cramping. Your tissues can become tight after you've exerted your muscles and engaged in activities requiring you to stay in a certain position for a long time. Discuss stretching with your physical therapist. Your physical therapist can recommend some stretches you can do at home to keep your tissues and muscles flexible.
Eating a poor diet
Your muscles need to recover after your physical therapy session. To do this, they need adequate nutrients. Make sure you're eating a well-balanced diet when you're undergoing physical therapy. In particular, you need to be taking in enough protein so your muscles can strengthen and recover properly after each session.
Failing to plan ahead for your next session
Physical therapy is only successful when you continue it long enough to see results. You need to make sure you're scheduling physical therapy appointments and attending all of them to maximize your chances of a successful recovery. After a physical therapy session, you should know when your next session is going to be. Make attending your sessions a priority to avoid getting behind in your treatment.
Not getting enough rest
In addition to nutrition, rest is another important consideration when you're recovering from a physical therapy session. When you're sleeping, your muscles recover from being exerted to develop strength as part of physical therapy treatment. You, therefore, need to make sure you're getting a full night of sleep regularly after your physical therapy sessions.
Neglecting to report any discomfort you're feeling to your physical therapist
Communicating with your physical therapist and letting them know how you're feeling after a session is important. It's especially important for you to let your physical therapist know how you feel if you're experiencing pain or discomfort. Your physical therapist can then adjust your treatment to be sure that you're not straining your muscles and joints.
If you need physical therapy, ask your therapist for more tips.