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Why You Should Visit Greensboro Physical Therapy Before Your Next Run

Mike Wright PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Fall is finally almost here and that means everyone from the elite runner to the weekend hiker will be out and about trying to take advantage of those cooler temps and lower dew points (no more running in a sauna!). As you increase your activity level/performance, you may find that you aren’t as physically capable as you once were, or maybe you have been ignoring a nagging pain for far too long or perhaps there’s a longer race distance looming on the horizon. Whatever the reason, just as a regular oil change promises to keep your car running at its peak performance, an evaluation by a Doctor of Physical Therapy(DPT) may be just what you need to rev up your own engine and get back on the road safely.

A recent health segment that aired on The Today Show, featuring sports medicine physician Dr. Jordan Metzl and a team of physical therapists from the Hospital for Special Surgery, shared tips for staying healthy as we enjoy a number of activities from bike riding and running to kayaking and swimming. Under the supervision of a Greensboro Physical Therapy DPT, you can learn exercises that will strengthen muscles and prevent injuries and will be given tools to ease pain and recover faster. We are highly educated and trained to take care of the entire kinetic chain, that is, all of your muscles from head to toe. After all, physical therapists are commonly referred to as “movement specialists.”

When you take your car in for an oil change, the mechanic changes the oil, replaces the oil filter and inspects your tires, air conditioning, battery and more. You’ll likely head home with a list of future needs such as rotating the tires or changing the air filter and your car will be good to go for the next 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Similarly, a we are trained to evaluate your strength, body mechanics, posture and mobility, and to set reasonable goals for your recovery or fitness aspirations. By gathering a thorough assessment of your strengths and limitations, the we can devise a therapy/performance plan that includes a home exercise and maintenance component.

Remember: winter is coming(yep, I said it). So, what are you waiting for? Making an appointment at Greensboro Physical Therapy can be the difference between puttering through life and riding at high performance. In most cases, no referral required. Request an appointment online or call us at 336.274.5006