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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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Physical therapy is an excellent way to improve strength and mobility after a surgical procedure. It can also help eliminate pain after injury, and can help some patients avoid an invasive surgical procedure. If you have been suffering from chronic pain or a recent injury, you may have spoken with your doctor about physical therapy as a treatment option. Read on to learn more about what you might expect from an upcoming physical therapy session.
Before your physical therapy appointment, it’s important to prepare any questions you might have for your physical therapist. It’s also helpful to write down your symptoms in detail, including which movements alleviate pain and which make it worse. Getting ready ahead of time will ensure that you optimize your time with the specialist during your session.
Upon your arrival, your therapist will ask you several questions about your symptoms and what may have brought them on. He or she will also perform a detailed examination to help determine which therapeutic treatments best suit your needs. Together, you will clarify your goals for treatment and how best to reach these goals. Treatment may focus on reducing pain, swelling, inflammation, weakness, or a combination thereof. Your therapist may also work with you to improve the mobility of a joint.
Education is the main focus of physical therapy treatment. For instance, your therapist may teach you special exercises to do at home, or new ways to modify your everyday behavior to avoid injury. Ideally, these techniques will help you recover from injury or surgery, reduce pain, and prevent injury from reoccurring.
The experts at the Pain and Wellness Center offer physical therapy as a treatment option for managing pain and improving your quality of life. If you would like to learn more about the role physical therapy plays in the treatment and prevention of pain, contact our practice today at (781) 780-3616 and schedule a consultation.