What is Physical Therapy?
In the simplest terms, Physical Therapy (PT) is a medical science that specializes in helping a body relieve from pain, heal from injury, perform better in work/play/leisure. PT can benefit those who have suffer from a physical challenge, condition or injury that affects how their body moves and functions.
Physical therapy can help to improve function, increase strength and endurance, and provide support and encouragement through the process.
The need for physical therapy can be defined by an individual is able to move around freely and independently, or if someone is suffering from pain caused by an injury or weakness.
How Does Physical Therapy work?
Physical therapy helps people target the weak or injured part of the body and use specialized techniques to increase their function, mobility, strength and balance. Pain relief is achieved with all natural means that involves no side-effects or drugs.
- Pressure-Point Release
In this procedure, the therapist or clinical assistant searches for muscles that are actively in spasm or causing pain. They then push on the muscle for 1-2 minutes. Initially, it will cause soreness but should diminish steadily. This helps to normalize the muscles and improve circulation in that area.
- Soft-Tissue Mobilization The application of movement and force to muscles, ligaments, nerves or other soft-tissue for the purpose of promoting healing and normalization. Can be used to reduce pain. Sometimes discomfort may accompany the procedure.
- Joint Mobilization
The application of movement and force to a joint for the purpose of increasing motion and range. Can be used to reduce pain. Sometimes discomfort may accompany the procedure.
- Kinetic Activity
- Therapeutic Exercises
Strengthening and balancing the muscles around your joints are essential for good movement, stability and pain relief. Physical therapists are the leading experts in helping those with pain, arthritis, obesity, diabetes and heart disease get fit and strong safely.
Who Can Benefit from Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy can benefit clients of all ages, ranging from infants to the elderly that are in need of assistance increasing function, mobility and strength.
If someone you love suffers from an illness, injury or condition that prevents them living their life pain-free and at their optimal level of function, physical therapy can strongly benefit them.