Lateral Trainers for Physical Therapy

When physical therapists or athletes are on the market for an effective training solution, they choose the UltraSlide line of lateral trainers for efficient and low-impact physical therapy exercises. Among all physical therapy equipment, the UltraSlide brand has found a permanent place in the physical therapist’s arsenal with its location-specific benefits for feet, ankles, knees, the core, hips, and more. Moreover, fitness leaders like Ben Wellenbach at BeWell Fitness endorse UltraSlide as an outstanding piece of equipment. Read on to learn more about lateral trainers and how best to take advantage of them in physical therapy programs. This information is particularly important for physical therapists looking for innovative ways to upgrade their rehabilitation and training programs, as well as athletes looking to incorporate lateral training into their own personal exercise routines.

What’s a Lateral Trainer?

A lateral trainer product – such as an UltraSlide slideboard – provides an efficient way to exercise your body’s muscles with lateral movements rather than front-to-back as most machines and exercise routines do. By working your body from side to side, you’ll be able to more effectively work those muscle groups. Patients in physical therapy needing to rehabilitate those muscle groups will be able to benefit from a slideboard designed for their needs. There are a number of UltraSlide products that fit the bill.

  • UltraSlide 5: The UltraSlide 5 is designed for portability and durability in equal measure. Its simple design and high-quality materials make it an optimal choice for physical therapy.
  • UltraSlide 6: For group training sessions, the UltraSlide 6 is a great choice. It has been designed from the ground up for use in facilities where space is at a premium but an effective workout is necessary for more than one person. We recommend the UltraSlide 6 for physical therapy facilities that want to make the most efficient use of limited space.
  • UltraSlide 7: Next up is the UltraSlide 7 – our solution for home-based lateral training exercises. For patients looking to rehabilitate more effectively on their own time, or for physical therapists who need to make the most efficient use of space possible, the UltraSlide 7 provides a hand-tailored solution. It’s particularly useful for youth lateral training.
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How You Can Utilize a Lateral Trainer for Physical Therapy

If you’ve experienced an injury during a training session or during a game, you’ve probably had to undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation to get back into tip-top shape. A slideboard can provide an effective means by which to quickly work out and strengthen the muscles necessary to get back on the field as soon as possible. Since slideboards are specifically designed to provide an easy and low-impact lateral training platform, you can take advantage of them to quickly regain movement capabilities. They’re also effective at boosting aerobic/anaerobic endurance and stamina, as well as serving as a foundation to develop balance. In fact, one of the most effective ways to use a slideboard for physical therapy is to strengthen muscles that support critical skeletal and muscular structures like ligaments. Many athletes use a lateral trainer platform to mitigate the risk of future injuries.

Best Lateral Trainer Exercises for Physical Therapy

There are a number of effective lateral trainer exercises especially suited for physical therapy applications. We’ve included three of these exercises to give you an idea of what’s possible with slideboard – and why it’s an indispensable tool for physical therapists looking to quickly and safely rehabilitate their patients.

  • Lateral Lunges: Slide your foot outwards instead of stepping to the side as you would in a normal side lunge. Be sure to remain balanced and follow any relevant instructions as prescribed.
  • Side Squat Slide: Engage your core and lower hip in a standard squat position and slide laterally. Do as many sets as required by your physical therapy regimen for safety.
  • Drop Lunges: Squat with your left foot behind your right foot. Be sure to keep your weight on your right foot, and carefully follow any rehabilitation regimen instructions in order to maximize the effectiveness of the workout while staying safe.
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Learn More about UltraSlide for Physical Therapy Applications

To learn more about how you can take advantage of UltraSlide for your rehabilitation or physical therapy regimen, be sure to get in touch with us. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have. To discover more about the UltraSlide brand and to ask a question via our online contact form, click here. We look forward to showing you the power of the UltraSlide lineup and how you can safely and efficiently build key muscle groups that support rehabilitation efforts.