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How Activities At A Rehab Facility Enhance The Healing Process
Posted By: Becky Davis - 6/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

After an injury or operation, it is important to have a well-rounded recovery plan. Medication, follow-up appointments, and rest are all common resources for recovering patients. However, it is equally important to ensure that a recovery plan will include physical and mental activities. It can be easy for a patient to rely on bed rest and inactivity as they heal. If they are able, adding physical and mental exercise can help your loved one to have a more successful recovery. Read below for a list of common activities that may benefit your loved one during recovery at a rehab facility.

Mental activities at a rehab facility

When you think of exercise, you probably envision physical activity or going to the gym. There is also another form of exercise that is often overlooked: exercising the brain. Cognition, memory, and mental health are all important factors when you or a family member are recovering from injury or surgery.

One activity that can aid a patient's recovery at a rehab facility is listening to or playing music. Playing a simple instrument, or even tapping along to the music, can improve hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and cognition. Listening to music can also improve mood and encourages movement throughout the body.

Playing games is an activity enjoyed by people both young and old. Having fun by playing games is also a great tool to help your loved one to recover after surgery. Games can help with cognition, dexterity, mood, and problem-solving skills, and provide much needed socialization. Consider playing easy games such as Go-Fish for a more relaxing experience, or more challenging games like Chess or Trivia. Playing games with family, friends, and other patients can improve you or your loved one's recovery.

There are so many activities that can help to entertain, enrich, and assist a patient during their recovery at a rehab facility. Do some research and consider options such as reading, learning opportunities, and social events in your area. Taking care of mental and emotional needs can help ensure the best possible recovery for you or your loved one.

Physical activities at a rehab facility

Both physical exercise and physical therapy should be considered in a post-surgery recovery plan. The benefits of exercise, when performed safely as prescribed by a patient's care team, are virtually endless.

Exercising is good for your body and can help you to avoid injury and illness, but it can also help your body heal after surgery. It may sound scary or painful, but exercise will help you or your loved one build up energy and stamina, and improve mood. Physical activities can also help to retrain parts of the body that may have been affected by prior injury or surgery.

Having access to a private gym that you or your loved one feel comfortable in, and can easily use, is important for proper recovery. When you look for a rehab facility, make sure that there are knowledgeable staff on hand to help you build and use a fitness plan. The care team at a professional rehab facility will focus on a plan that works for each patient’s unique recovery needs.

Having a well trained physical therapist is also key to optimal rehabilitation and recovery. You or your loved one may need to improve muscle conditioning and strength, or range of movement. Patients may also need assistance with pain management when performing the daily tasks of living and to learn how to avoid future injuries. Some patients even need to relearn how to use certain parts of the body. Physical therapy can greatly help you or your loved one heal in these types of situations and many more.

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