Pain relief can be enjoyed from physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, which involves the prevention and treatment of physical injuries and disabilities. This is because physiotherapy promotes healing in the bones, muscles and tissues as well as restores movement and function in the body’s affected parts.
But it must be emphasized that physical therapy exercises for pain relief – or for any other purposes – must be performed under the supervision and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. You, the patient, do not have the knowledge and skills for the purpose, which means increased risks for more injuries and more pain.
If you are looking for a licensed physical therapist, you can find one at any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the Colton clinic. Patients from the Rialto, Bloomington, San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Highgrove, and Grand Terrace areas can also access the clinic.
When used in the appropriate manner, physical therapy can be used in the achievement of significant pain relief through the following ways:
- Stretching exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Pain relief exercises
- Low-impact aerobic conditioning exercises
Physical therapy can also be use for passive pain relief, such as in the use of heat and ice packs, TENS units, and ultrasound.
You have to consider many points, too. First, physical therapy is individualized to meet the specific needs of each patient. This is the main reason why you have to visit a physical therapist before engaging in passive and active physiotherapy.
Second, initial discomfort can be expected during and after the physiotherapy. You will observe an increase in your pain symptoms at first, especially when you have suffered from chronic back pain. Your physiotherapist, however, will ensure that your body will not be pushed beyond its limits.
Think of it as going to the gym to finish a challenging workout. You will feel stiff in many places because your muscles have been stretched in unfamiliar ways. You should not back out unless your pain becomes unbearable; an initial increase in pain may actually be a signal that your body is starting to heal.
When your pain becomes severe, you should inform your physiotherapist about it. You and your physiotherapist can then reassess your program and make changes.
Most importantly, you have to carefully pace yourself. You must give your body time to adjust to the new exercises so as to lessen the risks for worsening your pain.
Come to any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the one at Garden Grove, which is near Stanton, Santa Ana, and Westminster, for more information about physical therapy and pain management.
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