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How to Put the Spring Back in Your Step

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Whether you’re suffering from an injury or tired, achy muscles, a physical therapist can create a personalized program to help you feel better and have more energy so you can enjoy your daily activities. Call OBTS Physical Therapy LaPorte, Valparaiso, Crown Point, & Highland, IN for information to see how physical therapy can help you achieve better overall health and greater physical fitness. The following are several specific ways a physical therapist can put the spring back in your step!

1. Improve Balance

While balance generally decreases with age, there are also several health conditions that may affect your ability to maintain your balance. Maintaining greater balance can help you avoid trips and falls that can lead to serious injury. Good balance will not only help you avoid injury but can improve your ability to engage in and enjoy more strenuous activities. A physical therapist can provide you with several different types of exercises to improve your balance whether you’re standing, walking, or engaging in athletics.

2. Increase Flexibility

A physical therapy program can help increase your muscle and joint flexibility. A physical therapist can help you work through a variety of stretching techniques to improve your overall flexibility. The therapist may also use heat therapy to loosen tight muscles and tendons. A physical therapy program may also be able to improve flexibility by using different types of massage or even teaching you breathing techniques to increase relaxation.

3. Avoid Surgery

Surgery presents the possibility of blood clots, infection, and sometimes includes a lengthy recovering time. There are several conditions that may be avoided with the use of physical therapy. Sprains, strains, tendonitis, a dislocated shoulder, and back pain are a few ailments that a physical therapist can help you with. A physical therapy program can assist your body in the natural healing process. While surgery is sometimes unavoidable, it’s almost always better to eliminate the need for an invasive procedure if the problem can be treated with physical therapy.

4. Recover Quickly

If you’ve already had surgery or have suffered from an injury, a physical therapy program can be created to assist in your recovery. A physical therapist can put together a rehabilitation program that specifically addresses your needs to help you recover as quickly as possible. Rehab may include strength and range of motion exercises. A trained physical therapist can guide your rehabilitation process so you progress quickly without overdoing it and help prevent further injury.

5. Reduce Injury

Not only can physical therapy help you recover more quickly from injuries, it can also help you reduce the chance of future injury. The physical therapist can teach you several different exercises you can do at home and before you engage in physical activity to help prevent injury. If you’re recovering from surgery or an amputation, a physical therapist can help you learn to walk and move in new ways that will help you stay active while reducing the chance of falls and injury.

6. Stay Active

Even if you’re already in good health and involved in a variety of activities, a physical therapist can help you enhance your performance in your chosen sport. Whether it’s tennis, golf, swimming, or jogging, a physical therapist can guide you in learning how to move correctly and safely while engaging in your particular sport. A physical therapist can put together a program to increase your strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Whether it’s preventative physical therapy, rehab, or therapy to improve your ability to walk and enjoy daily activities, a trained physical therapist can help you achieve your physical fitness goals. After an evaluation, your physical therapist can put together a treatment program that addresses your specific needs.

Contact our LaPorte, Valparaiso, Crown Point, & Highland, IN physical therapy offices today for a consultation with an experienced physical therapist!

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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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