Omaha, NE (May 16, 2016) - Summer is quickly approaching, and that glorious warm weather will be here before you know it. Travel physical therapy jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, shares a few seasonal tips for physical therapists.
Working in travel physical therapy, you'll see more athlete patients who participate in summer sports over the next few months. All the changes that come along with this seasonal shift mean you'll have to adjust your technique for treating patients as well as the advice you give them. Keep these bits of information in mind:
patients to ease back into exercise
For patients who enjoy summer sports like baseball, softball, swimming and track, they may have gone through a long, inactive winter. If they only don a jersey during the summer months, those in physical therapy jobs must make sure these patients understand the importance of working their way into fitness at an appropriate pace. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Easing back into exercise is more effective if the patient starts managing his or her fitness level before the sport's season begins. For instance, a track team member who hasn't run since last sports season could easily develop plantar fasciitis from running with tight muscles. However, running a few miles may be unavoidable by the time practice starts. Doing light cardio, perhaps walking at first then moving into more strenuous exercises, and stretching for several weeks prior prepares the individual to complete the coach's conditioning demands safely.
Use the pool
as a tool
Even if your workplace doesn't have hydrotherapy equipment, you can still suggest your patients perform aquatic exercises in their free time. After all, 10.4 million U.S. homeowners have pools, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means many of your patients may enjoy taking a dip to stay cool during summer.
Water workouts are great for anyone who needs to get their body moving, as this form of exercise allows for anything from strength building to cardio. However, aquatic therapy is especially advantageous for people with arthritis, as pools allow for a low-impact way to work out. Since you won't be with patients in their homes to facilitate the exercises, be sure to provide specific directions on how to get the most out of this activity in a safe manner.
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About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.