3 Top Reasons Why Physical Therapy Is Important
- Reduce Pain
Physical therapist combine several treatment methods in the plan of care to reduce pain. One way is by utilizing manual therapy to reduce soft tissue restrictions or to mobilize painful joints. Specific therapeutic exercises are used to improve ROM, flexibility, and strength in muscles that could be creating pain. Taking a nervous system approach to therapy by utilizing the NEUBIE (Neuro-Bio-Electric-Stimulator) can also help reduce or eliminate pain as the nervous system is the driver behind what’s going on in the body.
2. Increase Flexibility, Mobility, & Strength
Specific treatment programs designed for each individual patient help improve functional range of motion, flexibility, and strength. A skilled physical therapist knows how to pick which exercises, manual techniques, or activities are most beneficial for YOUR body to address your current pain or limitation.
3. Recover from or prevent injury.
Physical therapists understand how different sports activities or work tasks can increase your risk for specific types of injuries (such as stress fractures or overuse tendinopathies). They can help with improving work space ergonomics (seat or desk position, computer height, etc), address impaired body mechanics placing you at increased risk, or by designing appropriate recovery or prevention exercise programs for you to ensure a safe return to your job or sport.