South Tampa
(813) 250-1208
4539 S Dale Mabry
Suite 110 Tampa, FL 33611
FishHawk / Valrico
(813) 657-1208
4357 Lynx Paw Trail
Valrico, FL 33596

Self Help Tips For a Pain-Free Life

Never push yourself past your own limit
Remember, each one of us has a certain limit. Always judge your limits, instinctively on a scale of 1 to 10. For example, 1 is relaxing on a Saturday reading the newspaper. 5 is carrying groceries. 8 is carrying groceries and walking up the stairs at a fast pace, while you are out of breath and 10 is 10 is a maximum effort, where your heart races faster than ever before.

 As a general rule, never push yourself to beyond 6-7, especially if you have a prior injury or are recovering from an injury. Always push yourself under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist at Advanced Rehabilitation.

Be physically active
You must keep your bones, muscles and joints in a constant state of motion. Never resign yourself to the couch, or think that ‘exercise is not for me”. The best way to fight pain and recover from injury is to stay active and maintain your fitness level.

Stretch and strengthen your muscles at least twice a week.
Make sure your muscles are properly stretched and strengthened under the supervision of your physical therapist. It is common for aches and sprains to occur, as a direct result of muscles that are tight (inflexible) or weak. At Advanced Rehabilitation, we conduct a comprehensive muscular and bone evaluation to identify the muscles that must be stretched for you.