Weight lifting exercises are an important part of any physical therapy routine. Each physical therapy exercise aims at resolving a particular injury or stress, and weight lifting exercises help in strengthening the muscles. This form of exercise can be very beneficial for you if you are suffering from damaged muscles. Your trained physical therapist can suggest the best weight lifting exercises for your treatment.
What Are Weight Lifting Exercises?
Weight lifting exercises include lifting heavy equipments like dumbbells and are done to increase your muscle size and strength. Weight lifting is often used as a synonym to body building, but it is not restricted to just that.
Weight lifting exercises include strength training that helps you build not only bigger muscles, but enough endurance to lift heavier weights. Popular weight lifting exercises include strengthening exercises focused around abs, thighs, biceps, triceps and the butt. It includes both lifting weights and a combination of strengthening movements, like squats and crunches, that help you tone your lower body and abdomen.
Benefits of Weight Lifting in Physical Therapy
Weight lifting exercises is more beneficial when compared to other exercises. These exercises are both accessible and versatile in nature. All you need is a pair of dumbbells, and you can do a variety of exercises with them.
Again, weight lifting helps you teach the art of balancing your body by improving your muscle strength. As time passes, it is much easier to find yourself maintaining a composed body posture while lifting heavier weights. This is because weights build up the muscle strength to bear more.
Muscle mass is also an important byproduct of weight lifting and is beneficial to people suffering from muscle damages. Finally, weight lifting is also known to build you a stronger body with stronger joints, increased flexibility and higher testosterone levels.
Dos and Don’ts of Weight Lifting
There are mainly three reasons why weight lifting can prove injurious to you – bad technique, less flexibility and heavier weights.
Bad technique is perhaps the most common reason why people succumb to injuries in weight lifting. Weight lifting includes a straight body posture and lack of it can lead to serious back problems. Therefore, it is important to first learn the technique of the exercise before adding more weight. You can do this by practicing with empty dumbbells or rods.
You might also have less body flexibility and doing appropriate warm up exercises before lifting weights is crucial in this case. With lower