Everyone knows they’re supposed to stay active to heal chronic pain but you think—’How? Basic activities make my pain worse! Sometimes, just getting through the day at work is agony, and basic movements cause terrible pain.
This is where our physical therapy can help. We’ll give you a personalized strengthening and exercise plan, in addition to helping you learn how to manage your daily life.
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Physical Therapy is Personalized.
Chronic pain comes in many forms, so effectively treating your pain requires a plan just for you. The physical therapist will do a detailed physical evaluation to assess your chronic pain and its effect on your life. We will also ask about your treatment goals.
Physical Therapy is Passive and Active
Physical therapy includes both passive and active treatments. Passive treatments help to relax you and your body. They’re called passive because you don’t have to actively participate.
Your physical therapy program may start with passive treatments, but the goal is to get into active treatments. These are therapeutic exercises that strengthen your body and help you deal with the chronic pain.
Passive physical therapy treatments include:
- Deep Tissue Massage: This technique targets spasms and chronic muscle tension that perhaps builds up through daily life stress.
- Hot and Cold Therapies: Your physical therapist will alternate between hot and cold therapies. By using heat, the physical therapist seeks to get more blood to the target area because an increased blood flow brings more oxygen and nutrients to that area.
Cold therapy, also called cryotherapy, slows circulation, helping to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain.
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation): A TENS machine stimulates your muscles through variable (but safe) intensities of electrical current.
- Ultrasound: By increasing blood circulation, an ultrasound helps reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.
In the active part of physical therapy, your therapist will teach you various exercises to improve your flexibility, strength, core stability, and range of motion (how easily your joints move).