Physical Therapy Equipment and Supplies for Clinics
Whether it is injury rehabilitation or performance enhancement, the best option for healing and improving the body is physical therapy. There are different kinds of physical therapy equipment and tools used to help you meet the goals. Just like you wouldn’t want to join a gym with ancient equipment that is shabby or worn out, a good physical therapy clinic should offer the finest equipment to offer patients with rehabilitation and injury prevention. To equip you with the latest technology, here are 7 important types of equipment frequently used in a clinic.
Treatment Tables: Every physical therapy clinic needs a treatment table. It should be sturdy and comfortable enough for the patients to feel relaxed as the doctors perform manual techniques. It is important for a doctor to have the right kind of table to effectively manipulate the body and treat injuries.
Exercise Ball: Exercise balls are great for stretching and these allow for injury rehabilitation of specific areas of the body. These are used to demonstrate exercises that the patient can also do at home. Exercise balls are multi-functional and offer a range of difficulty levels depending on the stretch or exercise and the patient’s particular condition.
Resistance Bands: Inexpensive, portable, and extremely versatile resistance bands are one of the best Physical Therapy products. Physical therapists use resistance bands to treat injuries in combination with other methods because of their adaptability in targeting a wide range of muscle groups. These small, thick rubber band-like tools allow you to continuously progress your exercise by upping the ante and adding more resistance, further challenging your muscles without the added nuisance of additional weights.
Treadmills: Treadmills are an essential tool to get the blood flowing. Our physical therapists also use treadmills to gauge a patient’s range of motion, gait, and posture. Our individualized run assessment includes a thorough exam of strength, flexibility, and movement patterns to help shape custom exercise training plans for all patients.
Exercise Bikes: Stationary bikes are great, low-impact fitness tools that help our physical therapy patients build strength and stay healthy. Riding an exercise bike helps with flexibility and can help reduce pain symptoms allowing many of the patients to keep active throughout their healing process.
TRX: Another important and most versatile physical therapy supply is the TRX. This is used for suspension training. It is incredibly safe for all phases of rehabilitation and appropriate for people of any age group. The TRX allows you to make your exercise movements really simple or really challenging depending on your personal condition and needs. With the help of TRX, you can target your upper body that is great for those with shoulder issues who need to focus on shoulder blade strengthening. It is also great for the lower body especially to relieve knee pain. This amazing physical therapy tool is not much more than a couple of ropes.
Pilates Reformer: In addition to being used for pilates workouts, the reformer is something that is used frequently in different physical therapy clinics. For one thing, it is low-impact and therefore very easy to adjust the intensity to match a patient’s condition. You can implement this for the upper body, lower body, and core work. For those who cannot stand up to do a squat without pain, the reformer comes in handy to help them do a sort-of modified leg press. This modification can be highly effective in helping the patients get the leg strength they need to squat. It is a super-effective tool used to progress patients to more functional-weight-bearing exercises.
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