Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Specialist
Whether you suffer from chronic migraines, have just undergone knee replacement surgery, or are looking for a safe way to recover after triathlon season, physical therapy can help. Virtually everyone can benefit from physical therapy at some point in their lives, because, much like chiropractic care, it’s designed to naturally address pain and physical limitations while improving strength, range of motion, and function. At City Chiropractic and Wellness,with a location in Midtown Manhattan, Dr. Max Heller offers comprehensive physical therapy services to patients from the New York City area.

Physical Therapy Q & A

City Chiropractic And Wellness

What is Physical Therapy?

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.

What Conditions Can Benefit From Physical Therapy?

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:

  • Back, neck, or headache pain
  • Arthritis pain or joint inflammation
  • Hip and knee injuries
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Shoulder and elbow injuries
  • Joint replacement recovery
  • Pre- and post-surgery conditions
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Overuse and repetitive stress injuries
  • Sports and performance injuries
  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • TMJ, or jaw disorders

What is Therapeutic Exercise?

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:

  • Strengthening exercises, which typically emphasize heavy resistance and limited repetitions
  • Endurance exercises, or aerobic activities that use large muscles for a longer period of time
  • Flexibility exercises, or stretching designed to gradually increase range of motion
  • Balance and coordination exercises, which help develop a stronger center of gravity

Using therapeutic exercise in combination with chiropractic care can help advance physical rehabilitation efforts more quickly and effectively.

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