What does physical therapy do to help the body recover that rest does not do?

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What does physical therapy do to help the body recover that rest does not do?

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It stimulates the muscles and the brain independently and it stimulates the muscle-brain connection essential for all movement

It promotes regrowth of the muscles, and also prevents things from healing too tight (with too little range of motion).

Rest alone causes muscles to atrophy (weaken) and stiffen, physical therapy helps strengthen, stretch/loosen muscles, reduce pain so you can return to pre-ailment level or close to it. Also helps with new movement that’s required temporarily or permanently as a result of injury or other loss of motion/mobility… say you have a knee replacement and need to alter how you get into/out of a car safely, they’d show you how to do so.

Muscle strengthening, flexibility and breaking up scar tissue. A lot of physical therapy is about correcting or directing the healing process.

More sleeping is actually recommended when going through physical therapy or any intense training. You break down cells in working out, and in sleeping you build them back up stronger.

It really depends on what the PT is ordered for. It helps strengthen muscles that got weaker during rest. It also helps re-train your body to perform actions more safely, building stability in joints and core to help prevent injury in the future. It can also help to stretch muscles/tendons and restore flexibility.