Physical therapy equipment for exercise enthusiasts

Work on the body to reduce pain and prevent injuries.

Work on the body to reduce pain and prevent injuries. (Unsplash form /)

Sometimes you are ahead. Sometimes you relapse. And sometimes you travel on the sidewalk. No matter how you get into physical therapy, getting injured is an unfortunate part of being an athlete. As you recover, you will be given an exercise program that will help you build strength, improve balance, increase flexibility, and re-train your body to abandon its bad habits. These quality products for your home can help you make repetitions as you heal, plus build protective muscles and create new motion patterns that minimize the risk of future injury.

Yoga mats are not just yoga.

Yoga mats are not just yoga. (Amazon/)

Lying on a hardwood floor to stretch or sink into the carpet holding a board is never fun. This PVC yoga pad provides thick damping and non-slip grip at an affordable price. It weighs just over three pounds and is easy to carry to the gym with a strap or bag. Use it for all your floor exercises, even if the only downward-facing dog in your life is the golden retriever digging your backyard.

Pull yourself together.

Pull yourself together. (Amazon/)

Resistance zones are an essential part of physiotherapy, used in well-designed exercises such as monster walks and clamshells. This set of beginner TheraBand is latex-free and includes three band strengths ranging from yellow (least resistance) to red (the most durable). Holidays and business trips are no longer an excuse to skip the program you are proposing to PT – these light bands are as portable as they come.

A simple tool to increase flexibility.

A simple tool to increase flexibility. (Amazon/)

Physical therapists often help patients use careful and controlled movement to stretch you more than you could go without support. Exercise straps do not replace humans, but can serve a similar function. OPTP manufactures this quality nylon strap, which is accompanied by a brochure containing 30 exercises as well as anatomical illustrations since 1993. Use your leash to target tight muscles and extend the range of motion. Take advantage of the 10 hand & foot loops of 6 "& 4" length for safer grip.

The good bad.

The good bad. (Amazon/)

Made of dense and durable polypropylene, this whole foam roller is intended for targeting pain or tight muscles. You will need some guidance before rolling into your hot or cool routine as there are definitely parts of the body that you do not want to roll. Physical therapists, sports masters, and personal trainers can have tips on the best exercises to try. At three meters wide and half wide, this size accommodates most people and is a great place to start.

Keep yourself on the ball.

Keep yourself on the ball. (Amazon/)

If you have the space for this half ball in your apartment or home, you will love the opportunity to work on your core and improve your balance in a variety of ways. You can jump, kneel, stand or even lie on the ball, which is designed to be slip-resistant and also comes with endurance belts (not the same type as TheraBands) and a training guide. Turn the ball over for a swing challenge that makes you feel like you're crawling in the middle of the living room.