If you suffer from back pain, no matter how big or small, physical therapy can provide you relief as well as the tools to remain pain free.
What is Physical Therapy?
A licensed physical therapist will help improve the their patients quality of life using physical exercises, patient education and other tools. Physical therapists are required to obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and pass a state administered exam. This education gives therapists the knowledge and foundation to use passive and active therapy tools to help their patients.
If you choose to utilize physical therapy, your initial appointment will be a thorough evaluation. This time is used to determine the intensity, location and possible causes of your pain as well as develop a treatment plan. Your therapist will monitor your progress and make adjustments as needed to improve your health and relieve your pain.
Physical Therapy Tools
Your physical therapist has many tools available to improve your health and relieve your pain. He or she will guide you through various exercises designed to help improve your posture, core muscle strength and stabilization. Strengthening exercises will depend on the location and cause of your pain. Your therapist will also guide you in which exercises to avoid so that you don’t further exacerbate your pain.
Stretching is a commonly used tool in physical therapy. Once your treatment plan is established, your physical therapist will give you specific stretches to practice. Stretching relaxes tight muscles and improves circulation in the spine. Regular stretching also helps improve your day to day movements and posture which can eliminate, and also help prevent future pain.
Deep tissue massage may be utilized to release tension in your muscles and soft tissue and work out spasms and irritation. It also increases blood flow and circulation which helps recovery from muscle or tissue soreness. Relaxed muscles can translate to improved flexibility and higher endorphin levels.
Getting the Most Out of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a team effort and there are steps you can take to ensure you get the most out of your time.
1 Make and keep your regularly scheduled appointments.
It is important that you meet with your therapist so that he/she can monitor your progress and make any corrections to your existing treatment plan.
2 Do your homework
It might sound silly, but your therapist will likely give you exercises or stretches to work on at home. You need to commit to improving your health at home as well as your appointments.
3 Be honest
You might be tempted to skip your homework and not tell your therapist. This will not improve his/her ability to help you.
4 Keep detailed notes
It is often hard to recall exact details of episodes of back pain. It can be incredibly helpful to track when your pain occurs and any other details such as what you were doing at the time and time of day. This information can give your physical therapist information used to alleviate behaviors that may cause pain.
5 Implement your therapy long term.
Even if you receive your discharge papers from your physical therapist, it is important that you keep up with your exercises, stretches and any other assignments. Your optimum health is a long-term investment.
See us for your back pain
If you have recurring back pain, don’t wait for it to get worst. We provide pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory treatments for various kinds of pain issues, including back pain. When it comes to providing pain relief, Arizona Pain and Spine Institute is second to none in these parts.