Walking After Rehab Program

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When to Begin:

The Walking After Rehab Program can begin while in physical therapy and/or continued after completing physical therapy for fitness, weight loss, and/or general health. The following criteria should be met PRIOR to beginning the Walking After Rehab Program:

  • Received a recommendation to begin a walking program by a licensed physical therapist, physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or chiropractor
  • Able to perform daily activities for at least 1 week without significant pain (no pain > 4/10 with “0” being no pain and “10” being emergency department level of pain)
  • Able to walk without limping or able to walk with assistive device like a cane, walker, or walking stick

What to Do If Pain Returns:

If pain should return upon walking, the walking may continue as long as:

  • The description of pain is not sharp - dull, achy soreness can be normal with new activity
  • The pain lessens or remains unchanged as the walking session continues
  • The presence of pain does not alter the walker’s normal pattern of motion (NO LIMPING ALLOWED!)

Stretch AFTER You Walk:

Stretch per PT exercises - You must do this or you will be sore!

Focus on stretching your calves, hamstrings, quads, groin, and buttock muscles. You should stretch 10-15 minutes after you walk to decrease muscle soreness and help with muscle recovery.

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