Perhaps you suffer from soreness and whiplash after a car accident, or maybe a sports injury has left you with an injury that limits your mobility. Physical therapy might be the right step on your road to recovery. Also called physiotherapy or PT, physical therapy is the rehabilitative process for restoring mobility and physical functionality. While physical therapy exists as a profession unto itself, there is much crossover between it and chiropractic care, and here at Rock Creek Spine & Rehabilitation Center, we utilize both to ensure your optimal health.
What to Expect
Like most treatments, the first visit about physical therapy will typically last longer than other visits as you and your chiropractor look at your specific health needs and medical history to determine the right plan for you. The majority of subsequent visits will likely be spent doing exercises and stretches to strengthen injured muscles and tissue. Techniques learned during the visit should be practiced at home with regularity and at the prescription of your chiropractor. Because physical therapy involves a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises, it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing to your physical therapy appointments.
Your physical therapy treatments may also include other methods, such as hands-on manipulation techniques like massage, practice with stabilizers like a cane or walker, ultrasound, or education about proper posture. Your chiropractor may also use heat or cold therapies, applying heated pads or a bottle of cold water, respectively, to injured areas. Collaborate with your chiropractor to develop a schedule of physical therapy goals for yourself as you work to recover.
Depending on severity of the injury and the recommended treatment regimen, physical therapy can be painful as you regain functionality of injured limbs. Be candid with your chiropractor about the pain you experience to make sure the methods used do not exacerbate any injuries. “No pain, no gain” is not always an applicable expression when it comes to physical therapy.
Benefits of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is no quick and easy pill to regain perfect functionality. It is a process, and the results are well worth it. In fact, one of the benefits of physical therapy is that it limits the need for pills. Here are just a few others:
Relieve pain. Sometimes it really is a matter of strengthening weakened muscles. Sometimes the body needs to heal correctly. Physical therapy can teach you to condition your muscles so you no longer have pain.
Help limited range of motion. Whether restricted mobility is chronic or caused by injury, physical therapy is essential for improving limited range of motion.
Recover from injury or giving birth. After trauma, physical therapy at Rock Creek Spine & Rehabilitation Center combines chiropractic care to make sure everything is where it needs to be before working through discomfort or pain to get you back to your best self.
Improve balance. Physical therapy can improve balance as your muscles grow stronger.
Manage chronic illness or pain. Whether or not an idle mind is the devil’s playground, inactivity is often chronic pain’s amusement park. Physical therapy can get the body moving in healthy ways to minimize chronic pain.
Adapt to prostheses. Starting off on a new foot? Physical therapy can help work through the growing pains of adjusting to a new member of your body’s family.
At Rock Creek Spine & Rehabilitation Center in Broomfield, CO, we know physical therapy can be just the thing you need to get back on your feet. It can alleviate pain and restore unhindered movement. If you think physical therapy may be right for you, or with any further questions, give us a call today.