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Protect Your Joints! 3 Things to Keep in Mind When Exercising

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The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise every week. That time drops to 75 minutes if the activity is vigorously aerobic. Add in strength training twice a week, and you’re looking at a long, healthy, energized life. But what about your joints? How do you protect the hinges in your body during your sweat sessions? A physical therapist may be able to help. Call today to find out how physical therapy can keep you moving for decades to come. In the meantime, these three keys to joint protection can help you get moving and stay moving.

1. Start with the best foundation possible

If you are experiencing knee, hip or back pain during or after exercise, you probably think the problem is only with your knee, hip or back. The truth is, most joint problems begin with your feet. Proper shoes for your height, weight, gait, and fitness level not only help your feet, they provide proper support for the rest of your joints. But your shoes are not the only thing contributing to your foundation. As you age, changes in your inner ear make balance a challenge. As you struggle to maintain your balance during vigorous exercise, you place more stress on your joints. Fortunately, physical therapy can help you address both your footing and your balance. As movement experts, a physical therapist is highly skilled at identifying these problems and even more skilled at helping patients address them.

2. Exercising is all about form

Whether you are a swimmer, a runner, or a yogi, you know that form can mean the difference between fitness gains and major injury. Your ability to safely perform any movement, and thereby protect your joints, is reliant on great posture and proper body positioning. Fortunately, a physical therapist can identify problems with your form when you sit, stand, run, jump, bend, twist, lift, or perform any other movement. Through targeted exercises and stretches, physical therapy offers every athlete a chance to improve their form and limit impact on their joints. Want to improve your golf swing? Physical therapy can help. Tired of plateauing at the gym? Physical therapy can improve your form and get you to the next level.

3. Watch your weight

According to the Arthritis Foundation, every pound of excess weight a person carries exerts four pounds of pressure on that person’s knees. This is why so many people who are overweight or obese struggle with joint problems. Even if you are 10 pounds overweight, you are putting 40 extra pounds of pressure on your joints with every step. Fortunately, it is possible to begin an exercise regimen that will help shed unwanted pounds without putting more stress on your joints. A physical therapist can customize an exercise plan that is right for your body. This plan may include aerobic exercise, weight training, stretching, and pain relief measures that will not only help you trim down but will decrease the pressure you put on vulnerable joints in your body.

Ultimately, the key to exercising and joint protection lies in the office of your physical therapist. Contact today to find out how physical therapy can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing your joints to the gym.

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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.
Barbara Serynek
Barbara Serynek
18:52 03 Oct 19
The entire staff has been very pleasant, professional and accommodating. Both Kristen and Joe have given me the best massages. Kate and Kollin made sure that I was doing my excercises and helped to move things along. Feeling better every visit. I'm so glad that I chose Orthopedic & Balance.
Heidi Richardson
Heidi Richardson
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
Christine O'Donnell
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
Nancy Guenther
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
Tracie Baxter
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
Cindy Standiford
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.
Joseph Mulholland
Joseph Mulholland
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!
Trool u
Trool u
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.
sharon Kramer
sharon Kramer
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
Tim Nash
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
Arlene Gross
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
Jose Ico
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!
Paul Grant
Paul Grant
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
Diane Burns
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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