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Non Weight Bearing Activity

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is non weight bearing activity?

Non weight bearing (NWB) activity is exercise or motion you can do without supporting your own weight. For example, your weight is supported by water when you swim. NWB activities will not cause impact or strain. You can increase your strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and balance with NWB activities. You can also prevent muscles from becoming tight or short after an injury. You may only need to do NWB activities until an injury heals, or you may need to continue if you have a long-term condition. Your healthcare provider will tell you how long to continue doing NWB activities.

Why may I need NWB activities?

What are some examples of NWB activities?

Why do I need to go to physical therapy?

A physical therapist can teach you NWB activities that will build muscle strength and improve your balance. The therapist will show you how to prevent injury and decrease your risk for falls during NWB activity. For example, the therapist can show you how to use assistive devices such as crutches to help support your weight. The therapist will also help you plan NWB activities that will raise your heart rate for cardiovascular exercise. Adults should try to get at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each week.

What do I need to know about safety?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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