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How to Improve Your Physical Therapy

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

physical-therapyHome Workouts Make Physical Therapy Work

Receiving treatment from a physical therapist can be a wonderfully soothing, not to mention… well… therapeutic experience.

The skills involved in diagnosing, manipulating and restoring natural movement to patients with musculoskeletal and other issues are unique and can be quite wonderful.

And those who think of it as a relatively new discipline might by surprised to learn that its first practitioner was Hipprocrates who, according to the open knowledge resource Physiopedia, advocated massage, hydrotherapy and manual therapy treatments as long ago as 460 B.C.

But an important and oft-overlooked part of the therapist’s repertoire is to devise a program of home workouts based upon the patient’s specific complaints and well as of course to his or her physical capabilities.

therapyA Bespoke Approach

All sorts of people use the services of physical therapists, often referred by general practitioners who recognize their particular expertise in their chosen field.

Some patients may be sports people who have sustained injuries whilst performing. Others may be people who already experience mobility issues in their everyday lives – older people, people with a disability or even those who are physically restricted in their movements due to their own personal condition.

The approach taken by the therapists will always be one that is mindful of and adapted to the unique circumstances of the patient.


What are the Benefits of Physical Therapy?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

physical-therapy-clinic8 Benefits of Physical Therapy

If you suffered an injury and want quick recovery, we suggest that you check out physical therapy.

A good physical therapist will help you get your wellness back. They will help you choose the right therapies so you can get recovered as soon as possible.

The exercises are designed to solve problems that you may be suffering from. After the therapy, your range of motion and flexibility will get better. Aside from this, physical therapy will help you to reduce pain and inflammation.

Given below are 8 benefits of physical therapy.

Reducing Pain

After an injury, pain is what you suffer from. If the injury was severe, the pain may also be severe. For pain reduction, your therapist may recommend manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercises to help you get rid of joint and muscle pain. Aside from this, the therapy will also help you prevent the pain from coming back.

Regaining Balance

After an injury, if you became bed-ridden, it may be hard for you to maintain your balance while walking. Physical therapy can help you regain your balance so you can prevent falls. Apart from this, the exercises will enable you to boost your coordination.

spinal-disc-back-conditionsAvoiding surgery

After an injury, the doctors will decide if you need surgery. Since surgery involves complex procedures, you may want to avoid it if possible.

Physical therapy reduces pain. As a result, you don’t have to opt for surgery. Even if you have to get surgery, the therapy will help you get stronger for the procedure. Afterwards, you will be able to recover faster.

Improving mobility

Another benefit that you can enjoy is stretching and strengthening of your muscle. No matter what type of daily activities you perform, physical therapy will help you improve your motion. As a result, you can perform better.


Chiropractic Physical Therapy Can Help

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

herniated-disc-painWays Physical Therapy Can Help

Anyone who struggles with chronic pain or range of motion issues might benefit from physical therapy. A physician might recommend this treatment plan to help a patient recover from an injury or some medical condition. The medical professional can teach pain management techniques, as well as methods for improving flexibility and range of motion.

Pain Management

Many people experience ongoing issues with pain that interfere with daily activities. Instead of resorting to medications for various types of pain relief, physical therapy can be an effective way to manage discomfort. The therapist can provide the patient with exercises that target specific muscle groups and joints. Performing these exercises can build strength and flexibility, which may reduce pain. This type of treatment can also include electrical stimulation directed at specific muscle groups, which often helps alleviate discomfort.

Enhanced Mobility

Anyone struggling with mobility can benefit from physical therapy. This treatment can assist people with building strength to stand, walk, and move around. Specific exercises will stretch and strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and enhance coordination. When patients must perform specific movements such as transferring from bed to a wheelchair or using a walker to walk, this type of therapy can teach skills and help build strength.


Get Relief with Chiropractic Physical Therapy

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

grappin-chiropractic-clinic-signChiropractic Treatment With Physical Therapy Offers Long-Lasting Relief

In the US, a significant percentage of the population visits the chiropractic doctor for treatment purposes. But, what actually is chiropractic treatment? Many people living in the US are of the opinion that the treatment is effective which is why it is one of the natural mainstream treatment options in the country.

There are a few important things for an individual to know about chiropractic care and the services that are offered in many chiropractic wellness clinics.

Many chiropractor offer physical rehabilitation in addition to spinal manipulation which is the primary method of treatment in a chiropractic clinic. Most Doctors of Chiropractic actually undergo specialized training in physical therapy, offered by the school and other post-graduate courses. The chiropractic student must pass a physical therapy exam required by the National Board Of Examiners. One of the primary staples of physical therapy is to provide specific exercises for the patient in order to restore biomechanical function of the joints, this is done by stretches, stabilization exercises, core strengthening and other core stabilization exercises. A lot of chiropractic doctors as well as physical therapists use a stability ball, medicine ball, and or a wobble board to assist with balance and coordination.

gonstead-cervical-adjustment-dr-carl-grappinA chiropractor who is well-trained in physical therapy may offer therapies such as: ice, heat and electric stimulation, whirlpool, paraffin wax and others.

Besides physical rehabilitation, the main objective of the chiropractor is to provide spinal manipulation or adjustments. The aim is to restore proper alignment of the spinal structures hence decreasing nerve pressure and irritation. This provides pain relief, increase mobility, and an overall sense of well-being. Some doctors offer spinal decompression as a treatment for the relief of pain related to disc injuries. Spinal decompression has proven effective for bulging and herniation of the discs, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), and others.

Chiropractic care combined with physical therapy are amongst the best natural ways for pain management.


Physical Therapy Helps the Elderly with Symptoms of Aging

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

How Physical Therapy Helps Elderly People With Diseases

As we age, our bodies lose their ability to function as well as they used to when we were younger. After living a full life, our muscles, joints, and bones wear down, and we need extra help to stabilize our health and wellness. Physical therapy is a great service for the elderly, especially those who are suffering from diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis. Here are some of the ways that physical therapy helps elderly patients to cope with these debilitating diseases.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects a person’s movement. Parkinson’s is often seen as hand tremors and slurred speech, and commonly causes stiffness and the slowing of the body’s movements.

senior-care-therapyPhysical therapy helps those with Parkinson’s by developing aerobic exercise routines for them, which can help reduce stiffness and improve the body’s mobility, balance, and posture. Those who suffer from this illness also experience varying degrees of depression, and regular exercise can also help with those symptoms.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with a patient’s memory, thinking, and behavior. The condition normally worsens over time and makes it difficult for the patient to even perform daily tasks. Physical therapists help those with Alzheimer’s by designing exercise routines for them. Studies have shown that exercise can improve memory, delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and delay the decline in the ability to perform daily tasks in those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Those who are suffering from this illness also are prone to falls and breaking bones, which physical therapists can also treat when necessary.


Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Exercise

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

injury-physical-therapyExercise and Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitative Exercise

Generally speaking, the more fit our bodies are, the less prone to injury we will be. Now, this depends on a lot of different factors, and given those factors, also affects recovery and rehabilitation after an injury.

Height and Weight Ratio

Depending on your height, your weight can indicate that you are underweight, of average weight, overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. There are many health issues that can compound the matter of weight, but the bottom line from a musculoskeletal standpoint is that an overweight body puts extra pressure on our joints and can cause cartilage to wear away much faster as we age. Cartilage is important because it helps cushion our joints (especially in the knees) and the vertebrae in the spine. Extra strain on the joints as well as the muscles can inhibit movement and increase the likelihood of osteoarthritis.

Keeping active is essential to maintaining a strong musculoskeletal structure (including proper bone density).

NOTE: The reason people say that muscle weighs more than fat is because muscle is more dense. If an increase in muscle mass corresponds with a decrease in body fat, you could very well see your weight go up, even if you’re in better shape.


We cannot stress enough how important flexibility is to the body. You don’t have to be a yogi or a contortionist, but keeping your body flexible decreases your chance of injury and can increase speed of recovery. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and ultimately your skeleton all need to move with you, not fight your movement. This is within reason, of course. If you’ve never done a back bend in your life, doing one on a whim will likely cause both pain and injury. Baby steps. Strong ligaments can mitigate the effects of sprains as well.

Muscles and Bone Density

In some cases, swimmers who rarely did workouts outside of the water developed arthritis at a very young age. Swimming is a very low impact (if no impact) physical activity, and while it is truly one of the best forms of exercise you can do, it should not be the only one. In fact, swimming is a great rehabilitative activity because of its low-impact nature.


Sports Injuries: Prevention and Treatment

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

sports-injuries-gymSports Injuries

Participation in sports and physically activity has many benefits to our health and well being; however, accidents and injuries during these activities occur all too frequently.

Finding the right help to understand how to prevent, or heal from a sports injury is an essential part of staying in the game.

Chiropractic, through such specialized educational resources as the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician  (C.C.S.P.) Program, has one of the most modern and effective non‑drug and non‑surgical sports rehabilitation programs available today.

A sports injury can occur due to an accident or from the repeated overuse of muscles, tendons, and joints. In organized sports, over fifty percent of these injuries occur in practice, rather than during an actual game. The sports that rank among the highest of reported injuries are basketball, football, and soccer. The type of injury received from participation in these sports is referred to as an acute injury.

sports-injuries-basketballWith an acute injury, the initial response of the body is to create swelling around the site of impact. The swelling is the result of your immune system rushing chemicals to the injury site.

This immune response is meant to protect against infection and occurs whether or not the skin was broken. The price we pay for this absolute protection is in swelling. The immune system chemicals naturally attract fluid.

Initial action to reduce the amount of swelling was one of the greatest discovers in the initial management of sports injuries.  Experts in this field have estimated that an injured athlete treated with the RICE approach (documented below) will recover 50% faster and have less chance of re‑injury than an athlete who does not follow this approach. (more…)

Back Pain Causes and Treatment

Monday, December 8th, 2014

lower-back-painUnderstanding Back Pain

Back pain is a very common ailment. Back pain accounts for more than 7,000,000 new cases and 250,000 surgeries each year.

There are many causes of lower back pain but the most common cause is mechanical stress. This can be considered the action of movement under the presence of weight. For instance, when you bend forward with the knees straight, pick up an object, and twist while lifting, you apply a great deal of mechanical stress to the lower back. This is especially true if you lift the object with your arms away from your body.

The lower back is especially susceptible to this malady. This is because the lower back receives more weight and has less support from the mid‑back region, due to the lack of ribs.

To make matters worse, the lowest part of the back usually houses the largest nerve with the smallest space for a nerve to exit the spine. This nerve, is called the L5/S1 or Sciatic Nerve. It can be the source of lower back and/or leg pain (commonly called sciatica) when it is out of alignment, is diseased, or the muscles and tissues surrounding the spine become inflamed.

Back pain is a sign that something is wrong and if mild symptoms persist or worsen over two or three days, you should seek professional help. If your pain happened due to an injury, you should seek attention as soon as possible. Treatment outcome is often greatly improved by treating pain from an injury as soon as possible. (more…)