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How Your Morning Routine Can Change Your Life

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When you see a physical therapist for the first time, one of the things they’ll stress is the importance of a healthy routine. Our physical therapy providers are experts in helping patients regain their full function again, and they’re also incredibly helpful in guiding you toward a healthy morning routine. Don’t hesitate to ask your physical therapist about how to make the very most of your mornings. Here are the ways in which a morning routine can truly change your life.

Becoming an Early Riser

Many people groan and say “But I’m just not a morning person!” and use that as an excuse for staying up late and sleeping late. The truth is that you can turn yourself into an early riser — and a more productive person — by thinking about one simple thing: your goals.

If you’re a physical therapy patient, waking up early can actually be easier for you than for others because you have a physical therapist to remind you of your immediate goals. Whatever reason that you’re in a physical therapy program, remind yourself of that every single morning when the alarm rings.

A simple daily reminder that your goal for the day is to become more mobile, to regain full mobility, or to achieve your best physical form can give you the extra shot of energy you need to get out of bed. Even better, you’ll find that waking up early just becomes part of your morning routine.

Eating Right to Start the Day

Eating right is always important, but it’s especially vital while you’re in physical therapy. Your physical therapist can recommend some good options for healthy eating to start your day — and to help power you through your physical therapy program.

More Protein

Consider adding protein to your breakfast if you’re not currently getting any of it in your morning diet. You can think outside the box for the protein: if you don’t care for options like turkey sausage, you can have some chicken or even steak to start your day.

Fewer Bad Carbs

It’s also important to avoid bad carbs because they weigh you down while you’re working with your physical therapist. Instead of white bread, opt for whole-grain bread if you feel the need for toast in the morning. Carbs from fruit and other natural carbs are fine — it’s the processed food you’ll want to avoid. This helps you feel energized for your physical therapy sessions.

These dietary habits give you benefits during physical therapy and beyond — and eating right in the morning helps you to stay on track for the entire day. Soon, your healthy morning routine will extend to a healthy lunchtime and dinner routine too.

Staying Hydrated

Poor hydration is a common problem for many people, not just for physical therapy patients. It’s especially important to add water to your morning routine if you’re seeing a physical therapist because you’ll be sweating and removing water from your body. Drink at least a couple of full glasses of water as you start your morning. Ideally, have it along with your breakfast.

This small addition to your morning routine can help you feel more awake and ready to face the day. You won’t have to worry about dehydration issues like headaches if you’re well hydrated to begin your day. Of course, it’s also best to bring bottled water along to your physical therapy appointments. Never skip on your hydration if you want to feel your best!

If you make the small changes described above, your morning routine will leave you feeling more energized and healthier all day long. Contact our office today to see how physical therapy can help you achieve a pain-free life.

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Timothy Knopf
Timothy Knopf
20:18 30 Oct 19
Best therapy place around. I would recommend this place to everyone. They have the best group of therapists around.
Mitchell Udowitz
Mitchell Udowitz
20:43 27 Oct 19
I have been to two Physical Therapy places prior to finding Orthopedic & Balance Therapy in Valparaiso. While they were ok they don’t hold a candle to Orthopedic & Balance Therapy. OBT team works as one in harmony and they stay on top of the latest technology for their patients. Their team is so very knowledgeable and very friendly plus they generally care about what they are doing and it shows. They are concerned about the whole person not just the injury they need to be treated for.
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18:52 03 Oct 19
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Heidi Richardson
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17:00 19 Sep 19
I went to physical therapy not expecting it to do very much to help because that’s the way I approach everything with low expectations. Noel and his team have made my neck feel so much better that it puts me in a more positive mood each day and I actually feel more positive and more productive on a day-to-day basis..
Christine O'Donnell
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16:26 14 Aug 19
I could barely walk into OBTS six weeks ago. I had very bad lower back and hip pain. The progress has been life changing for me. I always walk out of there with little or no pain. The staff, Laura, Dr Diane, Angie and, of course, Peggy, have taught me so much to keep my pain at bay. I highly recommend this team.
Nancy Guenther
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15:28 12 Jul 19
Absolutely awesome! My walking has improved 110%. And my pain level is zero. I highly recommend them. Go....you will be amazed how much better you feel.
Tracie Baxter
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20:24 03 Jul 19
This was the only place that could help with my TMJ. If you’re suffering from TMJ go see Noel! He really understands the condition. I no long have to deal with constant pain! The whole staff at this office is amazing and very welcoming.
Cindy Standiford
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21:33 28 Jun 19
The whole team is great!! I’m getting great care! I recommend Orthopedic & Balance for any issues you might have.
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19:53 09 May 19
Amazing staff and amazing care. I came in barely able to stand up straight due to a back injury. After 6 weeks, I feel like brand new. Everyone was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
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19:44 24 Apr 19
I am a PTA student that was required 16 hours of observation time. I had the pleasure of completing my hours at this Valpo location. The staff is incredibly friendly. They were quick to make me feel at home. In a way I was sad to leave, but happy to continue on. I hope to eventually work in this field with a work family this caring and knowledgeable about their profession.
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16:23 18 Apr 19
My experience has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience in getting me to feeling better. The staff does a remarkable job and are fully qualified in their respective areas. The staff made it fun coming here and they were very caring and helpful with their clients!!
Tim Nash
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15:32 27 Aug 18
My first experience with OBTS was very positive. During the course of my 13 therapy sessions I worked with many different therapists and all of them were professional and competent. They were able to help me effectively control my pain without medication using their therapy program. Unfortunately, they could not get my physical condition back to the same ability as before. However, this is due to the fact that it was later determined by my doctors that I required surgery. I plan on returning to OBTS for my post-op physical therapy and have already scheduled my evaluation appointment. Scheduling seems to be a challenge sometimes but that's probably an indication of their patient's satisfaction and good reviews. Thank you OBTS!
Arlene Gross
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15:58 22 Jun 18
Everyone that worked with me was helpful. I enjoyed watching the staff interact as they worked as they laughed and smiled making me feel that it was fun to exercise. My knee pain is less and I look forward to having the same results with my back.
Jose Ico
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12:43 27 Apr 18
My wife and I have been coming here for a year. They have wonderful customer service and the treatments were great. I could say that since coming here for treatments, I am now able to walk properly and sleep well at nights. They help you in the best way possible. The people here are great and we definitely recommend it to everyone!
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21:51 03 Apr 18
I have read lots of reviews that say "the entire staff of ..." is great, and you know that it is BS.. .. Butt at OBTS that statement is true. The person answering the phone, appointment setting they work around my schedule. It is truly a team concept. Everyone that has work with/on me keeps me focus on getting healthy to play golf.... Even those employees that haven't work with/on me are upbeat, positive and encouraging both their patients and me..... follow up phone calls, positive, hand written notes of encouragement, reminding me to do my homework so I can play golf this year. Great Employees, Great Business!.
Diane Burns
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02:30 16 Mar 18
I’ve had an incredible experience here at OBTS. In just two and half weeks I’ve seen and felt remarkable results. My hip mobility has improved by 30%. I credit the excellent physical therapists and the deep tissue laser therapy for my gains. I’ve gone from walking with a limp and pain everyday to walking normally and know that I’ll be back to running in the future. Every single person is warm and friendly here. Great place!
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