Physical therapy emphasizes precise physical movement to help athletes in need of active recovery, people who have been injured, or those affected by chronic medical conditions that impair their ability to move or perform everyday functional activities. The process involves a customized treatment plan designed to promote movement, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability or future injury.
Physical therapy has two main goals: The first is to help restore the highest possible level of function and, therefore, independence, and the second is to prevent loss of mobility before it happens. Physical therapy typically achieves these concurrent goals with comprehensive fitness and wellness programs that consider all aspects of health.
Physical therapy is useful in addressing any medical condition or injury that limits your ability to move; it’s also useful for promoting active recovery following major athletic events. Physical therapy is commonly used to help with the following conditions:
Physical therapy is built on active patient participation through movement, something that’s mainly accomplished through therapeutic exercise. Therapeutic exercise programs, which emphasize slow, careful progression and are closely monitored, can help patients restore and build physical strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and stability, while limiting the risk of injury.
At the start of any therapeutic exercise program, the main goal is to reduce pain and inflammation. Once inflammation is under control, you can begin to focus on restoring range of motion, rebuilding muscle strength, and developing endurance. Most therapeutic exercise programs include four main components:
Using therapeutic exercise in combination with chiropractic care can help advance physical rehabilitation efforts more quickly and effectively.
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