Physical Therapy is a highly effective and very specialized treatment program for all types of acute and chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic types of pain. Due to weakness as a result of lack of movement, our physical therapists specialize in helping patients achieve greater levels of strength and flexibility through a variety of different modalities and treatment plans, including:
- Manipulation of joints and bones
- Manual soft tissue therapy
- Movement therapy and exercise
- Exercise and stretching techniques
Within each of these categories, there’s much that a physical therapist has to offer as far as variety of treatments. A physical therapist works with each patient to understand his or her particular pain — what causes it and what can be done to manage it. This is the kind of attention that a regular doctor is often unable to give, but a physical therapist can ask questions and talk about pain issues as you are going through your exercise routine.
How Physical Therapy Helps Chronic Pain
Exercising for just 30 minutes a day on at least three or four days a week will help you with chronic pain management by increasing:
- Strength in the muscles
- Stability in the joints
- Flexibility in the muscles and joints
Keeping a consistent exercise routine will also help control chronic pain. Regular therapeutic exercise will help you maintain the ability to move and function physically, rather than becoming disabled by your chronic pain. Physical therapy tackles the physical side of the inflammation, stiffness, and soreness with exercise, manipulation, and massage, but it also works to help the body heal itself by encouraging the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. This two-pronged approach is what helps make physical therapy so effective as a chronic pain treatment.
Pain Management: Finding the Right Combination
The less you move, the more pain you’ll experience. Conversely, the more safe, therapeutic activity and exercise you get — and the more you learn how to exercise to work through your condition, the less pain you’ll feel and the more you’ll be able to function on a daily basis.