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    Preparing for Physical Therapy Appointment

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Undergoing physical therapy is a great way to improve your range of motion, balance, muscle strength, and flexibility after suffering an injury or having surgery. Physical therapy can also help manage various chronic pain conditions. However, it is important to properly prepare in order to get the most out of your appointment.

    A good way to prepare for a physical therapy appointment is to contact the facility ahead of time to determine what items you need to bring with you and what type of clothes you should be wearing. For example, some patients may perform more strenuous activities that require athletic shoes or baggy clothing. It is also important that you show up to your appointment at least 15 minutes early so you can sign in, complete any necessary paperwork, and take a quick look around the facility.

    Get on the road to a pain-free life by calling the Pain and Wellness Center at (781) 780-3616. You can also learn more about our services or schedule a consultation by contacting us online.

    How Physical Therapy Can Help with Pain Management

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Physical therapy is an alternative therapy that focuses on improving or restoring one’s physical functions and capabilities, including range of motion, balance, muscle strength, and overall mobility. In addition to helping individuals recover following surgery or injury, physical therapy is often utilized as part of a pain management program. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy when it comes to pain management.

    Heat and Ice

    Physical therapy uses a number of treatment modalities to alleviate pain, including the use of heat and cold compresses. Heat is often used to relax the muscles, joints, and ligaments in preparation for manipulation or massage, while ice is often used to alleviate inflammation and swelling. Applying heat and cold at the right times and in the right manner can do wonders for one’s pain management.  

    Exercise Therapy

    Exercise is one of the major components of any physical therapy program. Exercises may vary from stretches and mild weight lifting to more strenuous activities, such as cycling or jogging on a treadmill.  By improving muscle strength and flexibility through exercise, physical therapy can help reduce the symptoms of many chronic pain conditions.

    Massage Therapy

    Many doctors utilize massage therapy as part of their physical therapy programs. Massage has proven extremely beneficial when it comes to pain management, as it relaxes muscle tension, alleviates pressure along the joints, and stimulates blood flow to healing tissues.

    Electrical Stimulation

    Some physical therapy programs utilize electrical stimulation for patients suffering from chronic pain. This electrical stimulation may be used to help atrophied muscles contract and regain strength, or help break up swelling and scar tissue in injured areas.

    For more information on how physical therapy can help alleviate your chronic pain, contact the Pain and Wellness Center in Peabody, Massachusetts at (781) 780-3616. You can also visit us online for more information on the services offered by our North Shore and Boston pain clinic.

    Obesity in America

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Despite government changes to update school lunch programs and add nutritional labels to all foods, Americans are not winning the war on obesity. A recent study shows that the obesity rates rose in 28 states between 2009 and 2010. 

    Unhealthy diets, large portion sizes, ease of access, and sedentary lifestyles have caused the number of overweight and obese individuals in America to rise steadily over the years. Watch this clip for more information on the causes of obesity.

    If your weight is causing chronic pain, it may be time to undergo physical therapy at your Peabody pain clinic. Contact the Pain and Wellness Center online or call us at (781) 780-3616 to get started.

    Debunking Myths About Physical Therapy

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Some people think that chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, and other forms of complementary medicine pale in comparison to other pain management treatments. However, unlike medications and other Band-Aid treatments that only serve to cover up the symptoms of the condition, physical therapy focuses on restoring your physical capabilities and body functions in order to combat the actual cause of pain. Learn more by reading over these myths about physical therapy.

    Physical Therapy Is Not Real Medicine

    One of the biggest myths about physical therapy is that it is not an effective medical treatment for chronic pain conditions. However, physical therapy is a highly recognized, reputable form of treatment designed to help patients put an end to both acute and chronic pain.

    Physical Therapy Is All About Exercise

    Despite its name, physical therapy is not all about physical exercise. Forms of physical exercise such as stretching, weight-training, and cycling may all be a part of your treatment, but physical therapy also includes a number of other treatment modalities, including heat and ice, electrical stimulation, massage therapy, and manual adjustments.

    Physical Therapy Only Helps Get You in Shape

    Another big myth about physical therapy is that it only helps combat chronic pain and restore function by rebuilding muscle strength and overall flexibility. In reality, physical therapy can also help improve range of motion, balance, endurance, and even help reduce the risk of injury in the future. Furthermore, physical therapy has been shown to help promote the healing process for faster recovery.

    With years of experience under their belt, the providers with the Pain and Wellness Center in Peabody are ready to answer all of your physical therapy questions. Give our North Shore pain clinic a call at (781) 780-3616 to set up an initial consultation. We also offer comprehensive diagnostic testing, massage therapy, acupuncture, laser acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy, manipulation under anesthesia, and psychological therapy.

    Foods That Can Promote Spinal Health

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Everyone knows that it is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Relatively few people are aware of the connection between good food and a healthy back. Many foods—especially those that are high in calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C—promote strong bones, healthy soft tissues, and fast healing after injury.

    Calcium is vital for maintaining a healthy bone density and can be found in dairy products, spinach, broccoli, kale, almonds, and a variety of other foods. Vitamin D improves the absorption of calcium and is found in some fish oils and fortified milk. Vitamin C plays an important role in the creation of collagen, a building block of tendons and ligaments. This important vitamin is found in citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.

    These are only a few of the important vitamins and nutrients necessary for a healthy body and spine. Speak with your doctor to learn more about eating a balanced diet, or contact the healthcare team at the Pain and Wellness Center by calling (781) 780-3616.

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