The path to health and fitness can feel daunting for many of us. At The Therapy Network, we understand the challenges and are dedicated to helping you find the motivation to reach your health goals.





The Forbes Health/One Poll survey found that the average resolution lasts just 3.74 months. How can you beat the odds? This blog offers compassionate guidance and practical steps to help you embark on this life-enhancing journey. Here, you will learn the following:






  • The importance of mini-goals




  • How to celebrate success along the way




  • The benefits of sharing your goals with an accountability partner





How The Therapy Network can motivate you to reach your health goals





Confidence Builders: The Power of Small Steps





two women walking
Finding the motivation to begin walking again




Attaining fitness targets begins with setting and achieving small health goals. Whether increasing your daily steps or choosing healthier snacks, these mini victories can significantly boost your confidence. A good practice is to write down your daily goals and check them off as you achieve them. Tailor your goals to fit your lifestyle. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all in health and fitness; it's about what works for you.





A helpful tip from the Therapy Network team is to set one daily goal. It is to walk thirty minutes, cut out sugar for the day, or attend a fitness class. When first setting goals, start with one mini-goal a day.





Remember, every small step counts towards a healthier you.





Incremental Changes to Food and Exercise





Embrace gradual changes in your diet and lifestyle. Switching to more plant-based meals or reducing processed foods are small changes that can make a big difference. Focus on the overall benefits of a balanced diet rather than just weight loss.





Incorporate exercise into your routine in ways that you enjoy. From walking during your commute to joining an exercise class, find activities that fit your schedule and make you happy. Remember, it’s about making exercise a part of your life, not a chore.





Rewards Beyond Food: Celebrating Achievements





Celebrate your successes with non-food rewards. Whether it’s a movie night, a day trip, or quality time with loved ones, find joy in achievements without associating them with food. This practice nurtures a healthy relationship with both your accomplishments and your diet.





For motivation to reach your health goals, make a list of non-food rewards. Keep the list handy and review it often. When you lose ten pounds, what will be your reward? Consider sharing your list with friends or family. Remind friends, family, and your accountability partner that your rewards will be non-food based.





How important is an accountability partner?





Sharing the Journey: Support and Accountability





Delores W at Yosemite after preparing at TTN




Sharing your goals and progress with friends or family can be incredibly motivating. It's not just about sharing the triumphs but also about finding strength and learning from the setbacks. Remember, the journey to better health is not just about the destination but also the shared experiences.





Monitoring your progress can be a great motivator and adds a layer of accountability. Whether through a fitness app or a simple journal, seeing the tangible results of your efforts can spur you on to keep going. It's not just about numbers; it's about recognizing the effort you're putting in.





Motivation to reach your health goals may be only a friend or a phone app away. Or, a professional therapist from The Therapy Network can help you stay motivated.





The Therapy Network: Your Partner in Health





At The Therapy Network in Hampton Roads, Virginia, we specialize in helping you reach your health goals through physical therapy. Since 1987, our commitment to patient-centric care has driven us to offer a wide range of services tailored to your needs.





Our team of therapists are skilled in various modalities like manual therapy, exercise prescription, and more. We focus on understanding your goals and crafting a plan that resonates with your journey.





Celebrating a well earned finish with TTN's Lauren Stacy, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT




We believe in empowering our patients through education and ongoing support. By understanding your body and its movements, you can take control of your health and make informed decisions. Our therapists are here to guide you, offering support and adjusting your plan as needed.





Did you know that you do not need a physician’s referral to start your journey to a healthy lifestyle at The Therapy Network?





Convenient and Specialized Services at The Therapy Network





Our six clinics across Hampton Roads offer extended hours to fit your busy schedule. We ensure the highest quality of care with a range of specialized services and a dedication to innovation.





Your Path to a Healthier Tomorrow





Building motivation to reach your health goals involves small, consistent steps. At The Therapy Network, we support you every step of the way. From setting achievable goals to providing personalized care, we are your partners in this journey to wellness.





Let’s take this step together towards a healthier, happier you.


red canoe on lake






Introduction:





Physical therapy is more than a path to injury recovery; it's vital to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness. Understanding and utilizing physical therapy's role in a comprehensive wellness program is essential in a world that moves at a breakneck pace.





The Dynamic Role of Physical Therapy in Wellness:





Physical therapy, a multifaceted profession, offers numerous applications to promote optimal physical function and overall well-being. It includes diagnosing and managing movement dysfunction, restoring and promoting optimal physical function, and preventing impairments and disabilities. For more information on the broad range of treatment methods offered by The Therapy Network, visit our Treatment Methods page.











Starting Your Wellness Program:





Ensuring your body is as ready as your mind for a wellness program is crucial. The Therapy Network provides comprehensive health screening and professional evaluations to tailor a plan that suits your specific needs. Check out our Manual Therapy services to learn more.





Recovery vs. Wellness in Physical Therapy:





While many recognize physical therapy's benefits in post-injury or surgery recovery, its role in a wellness program is often less known. The Therapy Network's wellness program, outlined on our Wellness/Fitness page, focuses on physical therapy, nutrition, and motivation, tailored to individual health and wellness goals.









The Therapy Network in Coastal Virginia:





As a leader in health and wellness in coastal Virginia, The Therapy Network offers unparalleled access to expert care, innovative treatment methods, and flexible payment options. With convenient locations across Hampton Roads, we ensure quality care is always within reach. Find the nearest clinic and learn about our approach on our Locations page.





Conclusion:





Physical therapy is a cornerstone in the journey towards a healthier lifestyle. The Therapy Network is dedicated to being your partner every step of the way. Don't hesitate to take control of your wellness journey. Visit our Contact Us page to schedule an appointment and start your path to a healthier, happier you.







When considering the world of physical therapy (PT), many think it is a solution primarily for athletes or those recovering from surgeries or significant injuries. However, this perception barely scratches the surface. Preventative Physical Therapy is essential for people of all walks of life and can be an alternative to medications for specific conditions.





man bending over to rub hurt calf.




Preventative Physical Therapy can lower patient treatment costs by 72%. (TheGoodBody.Com)





What is Preventative Physical Therapy, and how can it improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle? This blog will introduce you to the therapy and provide eight benefits.





What is Preventative Physical Therapy?





PT, a branch of rehabilitative healthcare, employs trained professionals who use specialized equipment and tailored exercise regimes to address abnormal physical functions. These professionals can guide patients in maximizing mobility, managing pain, dealing with chronic conditions, avoiding surgeries, and heavy reliance on prescription drugs.





Preventative physical therapy distinguishes itself as a proactive approach. This strategy involves offering patients techniques and exercises to prevent injuries and discomfort. Preventative PT ensures these issues don't escalate into more significant complications by strengthening the body, enhancing mobility, and detecting potential problem areas.





Golfer with low back pain




Often, the Mckenzie Method of physical therapy is considered preventative physical therapy. The Therapy Network has McKenzie Method licensed providers and incorporates the method's four steps into a comprehensive therapy plan.





The Multifaceted Benefits of Preventative Physical Therapy





We now have your attention with the prospect of lowering your medical costs. But what are some of the direct benefits of Preventative Physical Therapy? Here are eight benefits that can help every patient:






  1. Pain Management: Through therapeutic exercises, pain can be significantly reduced or managed, decreasing the risk of its return.






  • Reduced Dependence on Drugs: Managing or diminishing pain can lessen the need for specific medications, such as opioids.






  • Avoidance of Surgery: In cases where PT addresses pain or injury effectively, surgeries may become unnecessary.






  • Improved Mobility: Age is just a number! PT exercises can rejuvenate movement capabilities for individuals across all age groups.






  • Injury Prevention: Knowledgeable physical therapists can craft prevention exercises tailored to high-risk activities, ensuring maximum safety.






  • Fall Prevention: Improve balance and prevent potential falls with specific PT exercises.






  • Managing Age-Related Issues: Treat conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis through PT techniques.






  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Health: PT can significantly improve the quality of life for those with heart and lung-related conditions.





Is investing time in Preventative Physical Therapy worth it? For many, the answer is a resounding yes, especially considering the long-term benefits and the potential to avoid painful, costly, and debilitating health issues.





Preventative Physical Therapy at The Therapy Network





COASTAL VIRGINIA'S LEADER IN SPECIALTY PHYSICAL THERAPY





The Therapy Network has been a beacon of physical therapy excellence in Hampton Roads, Virginia, for over three decades. Established in 1987, it has continuously revolutionized PT in the region with a patient-centric approach. Our dedicated clinics across Hampton Roads provide flexible hours, catering to the bustling schedules of our patrons. With services available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., we strive to accommodate all.





For those seeking our expert services, TheTherapyNetwork.com provides all the necessary details. Remarkably, a physician's referral isn't mandatory to initiate your physical therapy plan with us, thanks to Direct Access. Direct Access in Virginia enables individuals to start a therapeutic journey overseen by our licensed professionals immediately.





What sets The Therapy Network apart is our commitment to excellence and specialization. Each of our clinics proudly hosts therapists trained in Preventative Physical Therapy. We are continuously pushing boundaries to offer top-tier care for our valued patients. Schedule an appointment today.


kayaks, beach, pickle ball, yoga on beach

Living in the scenic coastal areas of Virginia provides many opportunities to engage in outdoor activities like pickleball, kayaking, beach walks, and golf. But what if physical limitations are keeping you from thoroughly enjoying these hobbies? This is where physical therapy can make all the difference. Physical therapy promotes an active lifestyle, and blogs by the Therapy Network team that provide physical therapy tips for outdoor hobbies are always popular. In this blog, we combined some of our top tips for hobbies enjoyed in the Hampton Roads region.





Physical Therapy Promotes Daily Lifestyle & Hobby Enjoyment





We often take our physical abilities for granted until they are compromised. Struggles with mobility, balance, or strength can hinder us from enjoying our favorite activities. But with physical therapy, you can improve these aspects and return to your active lifestyle more quickly than expected.





Man running on beach




Did You Know you do NOT need a physician's referral to start your physical therapy journey? Thanks to Virginia's Direct Access law, you can directly consult with our licensed physical therapists at The Therapy Network. Keep reading for information and a link to book your first appointment. 





Whether you enjoy pickleball, kayaking, golf, or just walking on the beach…Physical therapy promotes an active lifestyle, and The Therapy Network is here to provide services and tips.





5 Ways to Improve Your Pickleball Game with Physical Therapy 





Pickleball is increasingly popular, but like any sport, it comes with the risk of injury. Physical Therapy promotes an active lifestyle by rehabilitating you post-injury and helping you prevent future injuries. Here are some ways physical therapy can boost your pickleball game:









1. Injury Prevention: Therapists can identify weaknesses that might lead you to common pickleball injuries.





2. Strength and Conditioning: Target specific muscle groups used in pickleball to improve your game.





3. Flexibility and Range of Motion: Therapists will recommend exercises to keep your joints agile.





4. Balance and Coordination: Improve your footwork and reaction time on the court.





5. Injury Management: If you're already recovering from an injury, tailored physical therapy can speed up your recovery.





Visit our free information library and read about physical therapy's benefits for pickleball players.





Walking on the Beach in Coastal Virginia 





There's no better feeling than walking along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk or the soft sands of a secluded beach. Physical Therapy promotes an active lifestyle that makes this simple joy accessible. Follow these tips when embarking on a beach walk:





1. Start Slow: Sandy terrains are challenging. Start with short distances.





2. Wear Appropriate Footwear: Opt for sturdy sandals or shoes that offer support.





3. Walk at Low Tide: It's easier and better for your body alignment.





"The benefits of walking are numerous, but they're best-enjoyed pain-free. Physical therapy can help ensure that you can walk as far and as long as you want, whenever you want.”—American Physical Therapy Association.  





If walking on the beach becomes painful, The Therapy Network can help diagnose the issue and offer a solution. Read our full blog, “When Walking on the Beach is Painful.”









Before teeing off in any scenic golf courses across Norfolk, Virginia Beach, or Chesapeake, consider how physical therapy can help improve your game and reduce your pain.





golfer with back pain




1. Injury Evaluation and Treatment: Therapists can pinpoint the causes of your discomfort and create a treatment plan.





2. Pre-Golf Warm-Up: Learn about essential stretches and exercises.





3. Muscle and Mobility: Improve your swing and reduce the chance of injuries.





4. Injury Prevention Plan: A preventive approach can save you from long-term issues.





If you are a golfer, consider reading our blog with additional tips. Book your session at The Therapy Network to help you get the most out of your golf rounds.





Enjoy Kayaking in Coastal Virginia with the Help of Physical Therapy





Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the waters of coastal Virginia, but preparing your body for the rigorous paddling is crucial.





Kayaking In Virginia Beach, VA
Kayaking in Virginia Beach, VA




1. Shoulder Strength: Enhance the muscle strength needed for effective paddling.





2. Elbow and Wrist Care: Physical therapy can prevent overuse injuries.





3. Muscle Imbalance: Target stabilizing muscles to avoid injury.





4. Core Fitness: A strong core is essential for kayaking.





If you enjoy paddle sports, read our latest blog about the benefits of physical therapy for kayakers. (Need link to latest blog here)





How Can The Therapy Network Help?





Physical Therapy promotes an active lifestyle that keeps you in shape and prevents injuries, ensuring you can continue enjoying all the outdoor activities that coastal Virginia offers. You do not need a physician's referral to start your journey to recovery or fitness. One is near your home or workplace, with six locations in the Hampton Roads area. 





Book an appointment today and continue enjoying all your favorite hobbies in Virginia. 



If you seek an effective way to recover from an injury or prevent future ones, look no further than Aquatic Therapy. The Therapy Network in coastal Virginia offers Aquatic Therapy sessions that can be your ticket to improved well-being and an active lifestyle.





What is Aquatic Therapy?





Simply, it involves personalized, hands-on therapy techniques and specific body movements designed for water use. How do Aquatic Therapy exercises promote recovery and wellness?





Imagine exercising in an environment where gravity's effects are reduced, and joint strain is minimized. Water provides natural buoyancy, making recovery and wellness, with Aquatic Therapy an ideal choice for rehabilitation after an illness or injury.





Your Therapy Network therapist will use specially designed exercise equipment and aids like floats and balls to assist you during your sessions. Through targeted exercises and movements, you will experience the benefits of this low-impact yet highly efficient form of Therapy.





aquatic therapy group




7 Benefits of Pool Exercise





Let’s take a closer look at the remarkable benefits of Aquatic Therapy and how it promotes recovery and wellness. Here are seven of the top benefits: 






  • Lowers Fall Risk:  If you are concerned about balance and coordination issues, Aquatic Therapy is a game-changer. In a safe and supportive aquatic environment, you will regain confidence and reduce the risk of falls by improving these skills.






  • Helps with Balance and Coordination:  Whether recovering from an injury, dealing with a chronic condition, or simply looking to enhance performance, aquatic therapy can help improve your balance and coordination—the resistance provided by water challenges your muscles, enhancing your overall stability.






  • Reduced Stress on Joints and Bones:  Water's buoyancy provides a unique advantage by alleviating stress on your joints and bones. The buoyancy makes Aquatic Exercise an excellent choice for individuals with arthritis, back pain, or orthopedic injuries. By reducing the strain on these areas, you can engage in rehabilitation exercises comfortably and with less pain.






  • Builds Muscle Strength and Endurance:  Water is hundreds of times more resistive than air, making it ideal for building strength and endurance. Your Therapy Network therapist will guide you toward improved muscle tone through exercises.






  • Increases Aerobic Capacity: Water-based exercises elevate your heart rate and enhance your cardiovascular fitness. Aquatic Therapy offers an enjoyable and effective way to improve your aerobic capacity without placing excessive stress on your joints.






  • Improves Joint Flexibility: Aquatic Therapy can help you regain and improve flexibility if you struggle with limited joint mobility. The water's resistance enables you to move your joints through a greater range of motion, restoring joint function and reducing stiffness.






  • Reduces Swelling:  Aquatic Therapy can effectively reduce swelling in injured or inflamed areas. The pressure exerted by the water helps to improve circulation, promoting healing.





As a bonus, can Aquatic Therapy help you lose weight? "Aquatics therapy is considered superior to traditional forms of physical exercise for individuals who are overweight and obese. When coupled with a new diet, aquatics therapy can help people lose weight safely and effectively.”—ClassicRehabilitation.com 





Aquatic Therapy has significant benefits, but how else does it promote recovery and wellness? What conditions can benefit from Aquatic Therapy?





Conditions that Benefit from Aquatic Exercise





Now that you are familiar with the benefits of Aquatic Therapy, you may wonder which conditions can benefit from this physical therapy approach. Aquatic Physical Therapy has been successfully used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:






  • Arthritis




  • Back Pain




  • Balance Disorder




  • Chronic Pain




  • Relief from Diabetes Symptoms




  • Fibromyalgia




  • Joint Pain




  • Multiple Sclerosis




  • Orthopedic or Sports Injuries




  • Post-Operative Conditions




  • Stroke




  • Tendinitis





With the list of benefits and conditions improved with Aquatic Therapeutic Exercise, we hope that we have answered the question, “Does aquatic therapy promote recovery and wellness?”





Aquatic Therapy at The Therapy Network





The Therapy Network is here to support you on your journey to recovery and optimal health. Our team of skilled physical therapists specializes in customizing your PT journey and will guide you every step of the way.





Read more on our website.





Experience the power of water in healing and transforming your body. Did you know you do not need a physician's referral or prescription to schedule an appointment at The Therapy Network? Contact us to schedule an appointment in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.