Having a good range of motion and flexibility in your joints is essential for ease of movement which can reduce pain and inflammation in the joints.  Being more stationary causes joints and muscles to become stiff and not as flexible. This reduces overall range of motion and can make regular activity more strenuous.  Whether you are recovering from an injury or do not have a regular exercise routine it is important to maintain your range of motion and flexibility. Here are three ways physical therapy can help improve flexibility and range of motion.

Improve Flexibility by Stretching

Stretching muscles can improve your flexibility.  There are benefits of going to a physical therapist for direction on stretching.  They should be able to assign specific stretches based on your specific muscles and joints that are of concern.   Stretching is a great way to increase blood flow and get more oxygen to the muscles and tissues. It is important to follow their directions as to the proper amount of time for a stretch as well as how many times you should be doing them.  Over time, consistent stretching can help relax and strengthen your muscles to improve your flexibility and range of motion.

Increase Range of Motion Through Exercises

Adopting a regular exercise routine will help increase your range of motion.  Your physical therapists should have a specific set of exercises designed to help increase your range of motion depending on the joint and your current situation.  Range of motion is determined by how far you can move a joint in all different directions. By working on specific exercises that increase flexibility and build strength, you should be able to increase your range of motion.  

Whether you are recovering from an injury or do not have a regular exercise plan building and maintaining your flexibility and range of motion has many benefits.  It can not only help you recover faster from an injury but it can help prevent future injuries from happening in the first place. Having better flexibility can also make regular daily activities more enjoyable, such as bending down to pick up something or getting in and out of your car.  When speaking with your physical therapist about your exercise routine be sure to incorporate exercises that will increase flexibility and range of motion.

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