Functional Living

The idea of “functional living” is less complex than one may think.

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The idea of “functional living” is less complex than one may think.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I sit down on the toilet every day?

  • Do I sit down to eat a meal?

  • Do I sit down on the couch and get up to go do something?

  • Do I bend down to pick up my keys if I drop them on the floor?

  • Do I reach overhead to get something from a cabinet?

  • Do I reach overhead to brush or wash my hair?

You most likely answered many of these questions as “Yes”.

Whether you know it or not, this means that you squat, deadlift, and reach above your head daily. These are all functional activities. We live busy and active lives, and avoiding squatting, bending forward, or reaching above your head is unavoidable. So, instead of avoiding squatting because you NEED to do it to go to the bathroom, ask yourself: Doesn’t it make more sense to get stronger to do it with less difficulty? Of course it does!

The words “squat” and “deadlift” are scary to many because they are associated with big bodybuilders and heavy barbells. That doesn’t have to be the case. Of course, if you are injured and typically do these activities, we will work together to get you back to that barbell. However, most people need to build strength and stability to stand up and sit down on the toilet/couch or bend over to pick something up off the floor. It is important to train and strengthen your body for these practical activities. This way, tasks become more functional rather than avoiding them.

Recovery Times will Vary

Everyone is different. You may require one or two visits, or an extended care plan over several weeks depending upon the procedure, your health, level of physical fitness and a number of other factors. A thorough plan will always be devised between you and your therapist. This plan is individualized and based on your own personal goals of physical therapy.

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