When I injured my back two years ago, I had to go through physical therapy for about six weeks, and I really feel like that more than anything else helped me to recover. I was so nervous about ending my physical therapy, as a matter of fact, that I asked my therapist about any physical therapy products I could use that would continue to allow me to work out my back and hopefully prevent further injury. She recommended several products that proved to be very useful.
The first item she recommended was a band that allowed me to stretch my arms and legs, emulate the act of lifting objects and so forth. Of all of the physical therapy products that I have ever acquired, these are the ones that I have used the most and the ones that I have kept the longest, because they allow me to do the most types of physical therapy exercises.
One of the most helpful physical therapy products my therapist recommended was a therapy ball. It is a large, inflatable ball that allowed me to stretch my back forward as I push the ball away from my body on the floor. I remember the very first time that I used it, as I rolled it out my back actually started to spasm. My physical therapist conceded that we tried that exercise too quickly, but before long, I came to rely on the ball heavily.
Another item that my physical therapist recommended is one whose name I cannot even remember. It was a device that had a large bar with a rope attached to it. I remember the exercise that I did with it was to roll up a barbell plate at the end, holding it directly in front of my body. I did not understand the purpose of the exercise or if it would be one of the physical therapy products that I used on a regular basis, but my physical therapist informed me that it was an exercise to help strengthen my back, kind of like an upright row.
I found myself collecting physical therapy products as the years went on, and whenever I felt my back starting to tense up even the slightest bit, I would get them out and start my exercises. It is amazing how, within a week at the most, I would start to feel significantly better. I purposely wrote down every exercise I did with my physical therapist so I could remember what to do and how each exercise made me feel and go back to them whenever I needed to do so. It has been a big help.