Physical Therapy is the study of science of movements. It is a healthcare profession that includes different treatment modalities like joint mobilization, electrotherapy, heat therapy, exercises, patient awareness and advice for treating an ailment, deformity or injury.
When Should I Go To A Physical Therapist?
This is a very common yet important question. If you have suffered an injury or chronic pain which affects your daily life then you must consult a good Physical Therapist. You can also avail the benefits of Physical Therapy after a surgery, like knee replacement or stroke.
What Will A Physical Therapist Do?
Our experienced Physical Therapists provide case-based solutions tailored to your needs. These treatments focuses on prevention as well as rehabilitation. Some scenarios where a good Physical Therapist can help –
- Back and neck pain caused due to sprain in the skeleton or muscles
- Conditions like arthritis or after effects of amputation that results in discomfort in joints, muscles, knees and ligaments
- Lung disorders like asthma or bronchitis
- Disability resulting from heart problems
- Troubles occurred during childbirth like pelvic issue, bladder and bowel problems
- Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis or loss of mobility due to trauma to the brain or spine
- Pain, swelling, fatigue, loss of muscle strength and stiffness during palliative care or cancer treatment
What Should I Expect From My Physical Therapist?
Our trained Physical Therapists at Proactive Physical Therapy provide specific and concerned answers to your core problems. This is what you can expect from your Physical Therapist –
- Your Physical Therapist will understand your medical history
- Based on the medical history and symptoms, your Physical Therapist will assess and diagnose your condition
- A treatment plan revolves around your chief concern
- Specific exercises and assistive devices will be prescribed to you. To understand what all things are done in Physical Therapy, let’s try to learn the various types of treatment modalities.
- Manual Therapy – This technique mobilizes and manipulates joints. Our team of expert Physical Therapists are highly equipped and experienced in this therapy.
- Transcutaneous Electric Nerves Stimulation (TENS) Therapy – In this therapy, the Physical Therapist uses a small device. It runs on battery and place it on the skin surface of the patient. Low grade currents passes through these electrodes to relive pain of the affected area.
- Taping – This Physical Therapy technique is highly popular as it promotes body’s inherent natural healing mechanism. Here, the Physical Therapist uses a tape which lifts the skin away from the connecting tissue, thereby increasing the space and allowing the lymphatic fluid to move more functionally to ease the pain.
- Joint Mobilization – This is a manual therapy technique where a Physical Therapist mobilizes the joint at different depths, speeds and amplitudes. It helps in restoring normal joint movement in the body and modulates pain.
- Stretches and exercises – This is a fairly common module where the Physical Therapist teaches different exercises and techniques for body stretching which helps in restoring the joint movements.
- Rehabilitation – This includes a broad range of corrective, preventive and stretching exercises to reduce the sprain or pain in the affected area.
Rehabilitation Strengthening Program
This is one of the most important modalities in Physical Therapy where the Physical Therapist conducts specific program to make the patient understand about his personal responsibility towards his health and physical conditioning. This program is very useful as it helps the patient in improving overall heath, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
Range of Motion exercises (RoM) exercises
A good Physical Therapist would diagnose the patient and recommend Range of Motion exercises to improve the mobility of joints and reduce the stiffness in the muscles. There are various types of RoM exercises, like Passive Range of Motion (PROM) exercises, Active Assistive Range of Motion (AAROM) exercises and Active Range of Motion (AROM) exercises.
Soft tissue mobilization
This highly effective technique in Physical Therapy helps in alleviating pain, reducing swelling and relaxing the tight muscles in the body.
To summarize, Physical Therapy is a special treatment to maintain, restore and make the most of a person’s function, mobility, strength and well-being. It helps through various techniques and aid in recovery as well as strengthen the body for w holistic living.
Now that we have established what all is done and expected in Physical Therapy, we would like to hear from you. Please write to us if you have any doubts regarding Physical Therapy. We would be happy to answer you. You can also check our services and locations for any line of treatment.