This week’s alternative pain relief strategy is physical therapy!
Physical therapy is one of the most successful strategies for chronic pain, and long-term results. Physical therapists are trained to assess your condition and help you regain functional mobility and independence.
How does it work?
- Physical therapy works to strengthen the body, reduce pain and improve motor function
- Physical therapy works to restore the balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength so that movement, blood and nerve flow are not hindered.
What kind of therapy is used?
- Low impact aerobic: Light on joints but works to increase heart rate. Used as warm up exercises. Ex: stationary bike
- Strengthening exercises: Machines, resistance bands or own body weight to build up muscles. Ex: lunges, squats
- Pain relief exercises: Moves that specifically target where you feel pain, increase strength and flexibility
- Prescribed at home exercises
What does Physical Therapy help with?
- Spinal cord injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports injuries
- Joint mobility
- Cardiac and pulmonary function
Ask your doctor if physical therapy would work well for your chronic pain!