SOUTH FLORIDA PHYSICAL THERAPY FACILITY

SPINAL CORD INJURY REHABILITATION PROGRAMS IN WEST PALM BEACH
Most people are aware of the benefits of stretching, particularly before engaging in exercise, sports or other physical activities. Stretching not only gives the body’s muscles a chance to warm up, it also allows for a greater range of movement and helps prevent against injuries and strains.        
           
One of the most important aspects of physical therapy involves stretching. The physical therapist will first asses the patient, and create an individualized treatment plan which incorporates one or more stretching techniques. These stretches are designed to help improve the patient’s flexibility and range of motion. Many times, the physical therapist will instruct the patient to practice these stretches at home to ensure maximum benefits.

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When a person experiences a neurological trauma, such as a traumatic brain injury or a stroke, their ability properly utilize their muscles may be severely compromised. In the case of a stroke, patients may experience partial or total paralysis on one side of the body, where they are unable to move on their own. If these muscles are not regularly involved in extensive stretching, whether on their own or through manual manipulation, the patient can run the risk of experiencing muscular contractions.

There are two primary types of muscular contractions, isometric and isotonic. Isometric contractions mean that there is an increase in muscle tension but no change in length, while isotonic contractions involve a change in muscle length, but not in tension. When the muscle itself actually shortens, it is known as a concentric muscle contraction.

Joint mobilization is also a key part of stretching and flexibility. Our South Florida Physical therapists are trained to manipulate a patient’s joints to increase mobility in the area. This may involve physically rotating a patient’s shoulder or bending their knee.