Physical therapy assists people of all ages who are suffering from severe medical conditions, illnesses or injury. Customized physical therapy programs can help patients return to an active lifestyle by improving functioning and mobility. However, many people still wonder what the actual benefits of physical therapy are. Below you will find how a trained physical therapist can bring you back to a healthy lifestyle.
Reduce and/or Eliminate Pain.
Manual therapy techniques such as soft/joint tissue mobilization or treatments such as taping or electrical stimulation can help relieve pain along with restoring function. These techniques with therapeutic exercises can help prevent pain from returning.
Sometimes no matter what the age of the person mobility becomes a problem. A physical therapist can provide stretching and strengthen exercises to help restore your ability to move. A physical therapist can also properly fit patients with a cane, wheelchair or other assistive devices. By customizing a therapy plan for each, it guarantees that each patient can begin to practice maximal performance and safety.
It’s common to lose some degree of function and movement after stroke. Physical therapy helps strengthen weakened parts of the body and improve gait and balance. Physical therapists can also improve stroke patients’ ability to transfer and move around in bed so that they can be more independent around the home, and reduce their burden of care for toileting, bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living.
If physical therapy helps you eliminate pain or heal from an injury, surgery may not be needed. And even if surgery is required, you may benefit from pre-surgery physical therapy. If you are going into a surgery stronger and in better shape, you will recover faster afterward in many cases. Also, by avoiding surgery, health care costs can be reduced.
Prevent Sports Injuries.
Physical therapists understand how different sports can increase your risk for certain kinds of injuries (such as stress fractures for distance runners). With this understanding, physical therapists can design appropriate recovery or prevention exercise programs to ensure each individual a safe return to your sport.
For more information on Pura Vida Therapy’s outpatient physical therapy program—which has offices in Kansas City, KS and Shawnee —click here or call (913) 248-8888.