How will exercise affect my pain? Exercise causes important effects in our body beyond improving strength, mobility and performance. It also induces changes in our pain messaging system that normalize activity and signaling in our nervous system. Once you can begin moving with less pain in ways that are meaningful and functional, your central nervous system can begin to disarm the anticipation of pain and regulate your incoming sensory information more effectively. With a toolkit of accessible exercises learned during your time in physical therapy, you will effectively have access to an internal medicine cabinet that can decrease pain and keep you doing what you love!
How can I continue on my own? Once you have completed physical therapy, it is important to maintain focused exercises independently. Your PT may assign you a program of exercises to complete on our own for this reason. Depending on your available time and resources, this may be prescribed in a home environment or a gym. Another avenue of continued exercise is working with a personal trainer. This is a valuable investment in your health, and in solidifying the functional improvements you made during physical therapy. We collaborate with many personal trainers in the Cody community and are happy to assist you in finding a good fit.