We’ve probably all experienced the nuisance of minor pain. You get a sinus headache, you reach for a decongestant. A backache? Ibuprofen may do the trick.
But for people with chronic pain (it lasts longer than 6 months), the answer may not be as simple. That’s where physical therapy can help.
Physical therapy can help treat not only the pain, but the underlying cause of it as well. Physical therapy can help decrease pain, increase mobility, and improve overall mood.
There are a number of ways that a physical therapist can help a person manage pain depending upon individual abilities, including:
- Low-impact aerobics
- Use of modalities like ultrasound and electrical stimulation
- Strengthening exercises
- Movement therapy
Therapeutic treatments are designed to help a person increase muscle strength, endurance, joint stability, and flexibility. In addition, it can help reduce inflammation, stiffness, and soreness. It encourages the body to heal itself by boosting the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.
Now, that seems like a smart move!