Sunday, December 20, 2015

Exercises That Can Help During Injury Recovery

Workout exercises to aid recovery after back & neck injury
You probably know that keeping yourself at a healthy weight during your recovery is important for your mental health and for promoting the recovery process, but this is often easier said than done. Depending on the severity of your injury, exercising might appear to be impossible. You might also simply have no interest in exercising because of the effects of your medication on your mood and your ability to concentrate and your baseline pain level.

It is important that you continue to exercise, though, even if you need to do a significantly modified exercise regimen compared to your normal workout routine. Exercising gives your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones the opportunity to move through their ranges of motion, preventing muscular atrophy and promoting blood flow to those areas of the body. Exercising can also have a positive effect on your mental health, giving you a healthy perspective on the recovery process and providing you with a simple way to gauge your progress. As you work to recover from your injury, work with an experienced personal injury attorney to file and pursue a claim for monetary compensation.

Depending on the circumstances of your accident and injury, you could likely seek compensation for the cost of your physical therapy or exercise classes.



Yoga is a type of exercise that involves focused breathing, slow movements, and poses that put pressure on specific muscle groups to build strength in them. Yoga is often touted as a great type of exercise for individuals recovering from physical injuries1 because it involves no contact with others and allows an individual to move through the poses at his or her own comfortable pace.


Kettle Bell Swings

If you are suffering from a knee injury, kettle bell swings can be an easy way to stay in shape without injuring your knee further. Kettle bell swings2 involve using inertia from your own body weight to swing a kettle bell up over your head, then back between your knees in a controlled movement. Kettle bell swings, unlike many other types of exercise, do not put significant pressure on the back, also making them ideal for individuals who are recovering from back injuries or suffering from back pain.


Swimming and Water Exercises

Swimming can be a relaxing way to exercise when you are recovering from an back and neck injury. In the water, there is less pressure on your joints and on the rest of your body. Some individuals find it useful to do exercises in the pool with buoyant weights or kick boards.


Stretches for Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff, the group of arm muscles that allow for full shoulder movement, can be injured in a variety of accident types. Rotator cuff injuries can prevent an individual from working and doing a variety of activities. For a rotator cuff injury, the best type of exercise for recovery is usually stretching.3

One type of stretch that can help alleviate the pain of a rotator cuff injury is a doorway stretch. To do this, stand in an open doorway with each hand on the wall beside the doorway, then slowly allow your body weight to pull you forward, using your bent arms as leverage. This exercises the muscles in the front of the arm and the shoulder.

Call our St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys Today

When you are suffering from an injury after an accident, you likely feel consistent pain, stiffness, and soreness. Although these are a natural part of the injury and recovery process, you can minimize these effects through light exercise. Remember, always consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen, especially if you are injured or have certain medical issues that need to be considered. Your doctor can guide you toward the right type of workout for you. While you are recovering from an injury, you need to do all that you can to keep yourself healthy and progressing through the recovery process. Leave your financial and legal concerns to your attorney.

To work with an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney, contact our team at Dolman Law Group to schedule your legal consultation with us. We can examine your case and determine the best way for you to proceed with your claim. Do not wait to contact us – call our firm at 727-222-6922 today.

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1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
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