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Is Being Pain-Free Part of Your Goals? Here’s How Physical Therapy Can Help You Feel Your Best

Is Being Pain-Free Part Of Your Goals? Here’s How Physical Therapy Can Help You Feel Your Best

by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPTLeave a Comment

There’s no better time than now to start those goals you have set for yourself. This includes taking care of aches and pains you may be having. Pain may be common, but it is not normal, and physical therapy may be able to help. Physical therapy can help with injuries, prevent falls, and enhance function with day-to-day activities and hobbies. If any of the above sounds like you, physical therapy could be your answer! Let’s take a closer look how physical therapy can help.

Physical therapy has a variety of different techniques that can be used to help reduce pain. Manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, pain-free range of motion, ice, heat, and electrical stimulation can all be used to reduce pain. Manual therapy is a type of therapy that requires specific training and sometimes certification. Typically, you will find hands-on techniques and fine movement assessments from a manually trained therapist. Soft tissue mobilization improves the mobility of the soft tissue, which can be done to muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc. Finally, electrical stimulation is a device that sends a current into the body part that causes a signal disruption from the brain to the body part in pain and vice versa. When you reduce pain, this will help improve function and quality of life.

Once pain is reduced, your physical therapist can work with you to improve strength. Making sure we are strong for all the activities we want to do in our day-to-day life is important. A physical therapist can provide you with an individualized program for improving strength, which can help prevent injuries and improve overall well-being. Making sure your physical therapist knows what is important to you, what you want to get back to, and what your goals are is critical to ensuring success when participating in a physical therapy program.

When the pain is controlled or gone and you feel strong, you can return to an active life. More movement can lead to a healthier lifestyle and improve mentally and physical health.

If you experience prolonged pain or are dealing with an injury, contact your local Athletico physical therapist. Our team of movement experts will help you determine the best course of care needed for your injury. The sooner you get started, the faster you can get back to doing what you love!

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*Per federal guidelines, beneficiaries of plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VHA and other federally funded plans are not eligible for free assessments.

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About the Author:
Paige Gibbens is a physical therapist specializing in lower extremity treatments and is certified in dry needling and Graston. She is also the Missouri & Southern Illinois regional coordinator for Athletico's Endurance Program.

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