You have suffered from a severe spinal cord injury that has decreased your mobility and overall strength. Although this is a difficult time, and you may want to just stay at home, you need to do what you can to stay in shape. Performing exercises at a skilled nursing center is vital to your health.
Although you will lose much of your mobility after a spinal cord injury, you likely still possess movement in certain areas of your body, such as your arms. Exercising these areas offers you a wide range of benefits, including:
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Decreased depression
- Boosted strength and mobility
- Lowered chance of injury or imbalance
- Increased flexibility
The point about depression is particular crucial, as people with spinal cord injuries often suffer from heavy anxiety surrounding their injury. Any natural increase in mood is vital for your recovery success.
Why Perform Them At A Treatment Center?
While you can perform many exercises at home, performing them at a skilled nursing center has many benefits, including:
- Structured workouts that match your strength
- Expert guidance with skilled physical therapists
- Enjoyable company with friendly people
- Assurance you don’t get injured during a routine
The latter point is especially important. Even if you can still move your arms, they may suffer from decreased coordination and strength. As a result, you may overestimate your skills and accidentally hurt yourself.
If you or someone you know has experienced a life-changing spinal cord injury, please contact ustoday to set up an examination appointment. We can give you a tour of the facility and get you started on the road to recovery.