Everyone strives for a healthy, strong, and active lifestyle. However, the reality is that this type of lifestyle is not always easy to achieve, especially for those suffering from chronic pain. Fortunately, physical therapy is a great resource for helping you alleviate your pain and reach your fitness goals.
If you?re looking to achieve a healthier lifestyle and you?re not sure where to start, contact Redefining Health today! We?ll create a treatment plan specific to your needs so you can accomplish your goals through the best methods for you.
What does physical therapy do?
Physical therapy is generally comprised of three important phases: pain relief, strengthening, and functional integration. Some people are apprehensive toward physical therapy because they believe it will hurt them; however, the opposite is usually true. Physical therapy is aimed at pain relief and strengthening, and your physical therapist will make sure that your treatment plan won?t bring you any pain or discomfort. This is achieved through several treatment services, such as ice and heat therapies, stretching, bracing, and ultrasound.
An active lifestyle is also dependent upon movement. Your physical therapist will cater your treatment plan around specific movements designed to increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and overall mobility. He or she will assist you with many of these exercises, but will also provide some simple ones that can be done at home.
The end result of physical therapy is living the life you want, free from painful limitations. That can only happen when you apply the concepts you learn from your treatments to the outside world. Your physical therapist is as dedicated as you are, and will encourage you to achieve all the goals you set forth in the beginning.
What should I do if I want to get started with physical therapy?
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes work, but once you get into the groove of it, it becomes much easier. For example, eating nutritious foods is one of the easiest ways to improve your health (although we know those sweets are hard to kick.) Physical activity is the hardest aspect to get in the habit of doing, especially if you are being held back by chronic pain.
Some people try to mask their symptoms with anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medications, while others unfortunately give up on the idea of being active altogether. Luckily, with the help of a physical therapist, it is possible to reclaim your pain-free, healthy lifestyle, and get back to doing the activities you love.
So, how exactly will it benefit me?
The purpose of physical therapy remains the same, no matter what you are seeking its services for. Perhaps you are still suffering from the lingering pain of an injury. Perhaps you are recovering from a surgery and trying to get your range of motion back. Perhaps your joints simply aren?t what they used to be, and you are looking for relief. Whatever the case may be, physical therapists are dedicated to relieving your pain and getting you back to your peak level of physical health.
A physical therapist is a movement specialist, educated in analyzing mobility issues with walking, running, jumping, bending, stretching, and almost every other form of physical activity. Your physical therapist can pinpoint problem areas and create a customized treatment plan aimed at improving those areas. Through in-office sessions and at-home exercises, patients strengthen their muscles and joints, improve their balance, build endurance, and experience pain relief, all without the unwanted harmful risks of drugs or surgery.
What should I expect from my physical therapy treatments?
At our clinic, we know that every patient is different. That?s why we design each treatment plan around the specific needs of each and every patient. When you arrive for your initial appointment, you will undergo certain diagnostic tests that will give your physical therapist a better idea of where to begin with treatments.
These tests will look at your pain levels, balance, range of motion, and overall function. Your physical therapist will also ask you questions regarding your health history. After all this data is collected, your physical therapist will create your personalized treatment plan that will help you achieve your health goals.
If you are looking to improve your health, strength, and physical activity, look no further. We can help you get there – even if you?re dealing with pain. To get started on the path toward a healthier and happier lifestyle, contact our Portland, OR office today to schedule your consultation!