Fueling your body with proper nutrition while undergoing physical therapy for an injury may not be a thought that comes to mind initially, but according to the American Physical Therapy Association, nutrition is crucial when it comes to healing and recovering from injuries, illnesses and other scenarios. This is mainly because when the body suffers, it has a much higher need for nutrition for several reasons:
All body tissues need nutrients because they’re composed of nutrients, which is the basis of creation when it comes to neurotransmitters. They play an active role in the regenerative processes of the body and help in the process of physically adapting to physical activity.
Of course, everyone’s nutritional needs are different and will be evaluated based on various factors such as your age, level of physical activity, the types of medications you use, and the injuries and/or illnesses for which you’re being treated.
Here are some important nutrients to ingest and the reasons:
Along with these essential nutrients, here is a great article on specific vitamins and nutrients beneficial for bone and muscle recovery. Vitamins help ensure that the cells develop, grow and function appropriately. Naturally, cells are an essential component of all aspects of your body. As mentioned earlier, it’s essential to ingest proper nutrition during your healing process because nutrients are lost within the body during this time due to stress, injury or illness.
In summary, if you combine proper nutrition with your physical therapy routine, you’ll see more immediate benefits of physical therapy. You’ll discover that you have significantly less inflammation and pain throughout your body. Your treatment outcomes will improve significantly, and your immune system will be much stronger.
About the Author
Jessica Tranchina, PT, DPT, is a co-founder of Generator Athlete Lab and has been an athlete her whole life. As the creator of the Generator Method, Tranchina works to help guide others to better performance and recovery and is passionate about bringing the active community of Austin together from all fitness levels and athletic backgrounds. She is the owner of PRIMO Performance and Rehabilitation, which started in Austin in 2010, where her expertise and unique skill set have been established as one of the best in her field. NASM-CPT, ART Certified Provider, CKTP.