Athletes and non-athletes alike rely on physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises in order to return to their daily lives after an injury. Low-impact, functional exercises are essential to help physical therapy patients rebuild their strength and flexibility, and incorporating exercises and movements using an UltraSlide slide board into physical therapy programs improves strength, balance, coordination, core strength, and proprioception.
Slide boards can help physical therapy patients get the most out of their therapeutic exercise, including the following benefits:
- Feet and Ankles: Strengthens the plantar and dorsal muscles in the foot, and the deltoid, anterior talofibular, and calcaneofibular ligaments in the ankles.
- Core and Hips: Activates core stabilizers for consistent form and balance, and enhances all hip movements.
- Knees: Recruits both dynamic and static stabilizers. Proven effective for ACL repairs and for PCL, MCL, LCL, meniscus (both medial and lateral), and patellar femoral disorders.
Feet and Ankles
The importance of restoring flexibility and building strength in your feet and/or ankles following injury can’t be overstated – after all, they carry the weight of your entire body. The plantar and dorsal muscle groups in the foot (otherwise known as bottom and top of your feet) are involved with any foot movement. The ankles’ deltoid, anterior talofibular, and calcaneofibular ligaments allow feet to move up and down as well as side to side. Effective rehabilitation of these muscles is necessary to safely return to normal activity of any sort. Physical therapy exercise on the UltraSlide slide board is ideal for these muscle groups, as the impact on the feet and ankles can be easily managed when sliding, and slide boards offer a myriad of exercises that keep your feet on the slide board continually, minimizing repetitious impact.
Core and Hips
Given that your core is responsible for most of the movements necessary to go about your daily life (standing, bending, lifting, turning, reaching, etc.), athlete or not, ensuring it is healthy and strong is important to any physical therapy regimen. Slide board exercises allow for lateral movement, as opposed to front-to-back, which better engages the major muscle groups that make up your core and provide stability and balance for your body. Exercise on an UltraSlide slide board is excellent low-impact movement for strengthening muscles in your core.
In addition to rebuilding the strength of the major muscles found in your core, rehabilitation exercises for the hips are important to regaining optimal movement of the arms, legs, and to supporting the spine. Exercising with an UltraSlide slide board addresses and enhances all hip movements, including ab and adduction, internal and external rotation, and flexion and extension.
Knee injuries are a common cause for seeking physical therapy, and improving your knees’ range of motion, as well building strength in the structures and ligaments supporting the knee, are key to recovering and returning to your lifestyle. A frequent knee issue leading to physical therapy is injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and exercising with UltraSlide slide boards has proven to be an effective element of ACL repair rehabilitation. The low impact lateral training provided by using a slide board has also proven to be an effective tool for those working on recovering from posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), meniscus (both medial and lateral), and patellar femoral disorders.
UltraSlide slide boards are beneficial for carrying out low impact, effective physical therapy exercises to strengthen your body. Visit UltraSlide.com to learn more about the benefits of using a slide board as part of your physical therapy regimen.