Through exercise, your body can increase its tolerance to pain by making you stronger and healthier. Without it, your body can be vulnerable to a variety of injuries/conditions. In some cases, exercise can reduce pain and help your body heal in the same way opioids can. With an increased tolerance, you can add more weight or reps to a certain exercise, helping you achieve your fitness goals. While exercises can be a very effective solution to get rid of pain, making sure that you are performing them correctly is crucial.  

When you start to feel pain, it is a common reaction to cease all type of activity until the pain goes away. Instead of helping, this strategy can actually cause more harm than good as it becomes harder to do the activity you stopped. To prevent this cycle of pain from becoming a daily part of your life, there are three types of exercises we recommend you do. The first is incorporating stretching into your routine. By doing so, you will develop greater flexibility and improve your range of motion. We also recommend you seek cardiovascularly and strengthening exercises to increase your threshold for pain.

Although knowing which exercises to do is definitely a good first step, executing them incorrectly will have an adverse effect. If you’re looking for someone with a ton of expertise in fitness and how it affects the body, a physical therapist can help. With each person experiencing pain differently, your physical therapist will create a treatment plan unique to your condition. In addition to exercises designed to increase your strength and range of motion, there are other tools a physical therapist can use. Manual-therapy is incredibly effective in conjunction with the activities mentioned above to help alleviate any afflictions the soft tissues, skin or bones are experiencing.

If you are experiencing pain that is preventing you from doing certain activities, Advance Physical Therapy can help. Our experienced staff will work with you to ensure that your condition improves and that you achieve your goals. Contact us today if you think you can advantage of our wide range of physical therapy services. We look forward to seeing you at any one of our four locations spanning Astoria, Valley Stream, Wantagh, and Lindenhurst!