How Physical Therapy Restores Your Mobility

How Physical Therapy Restores Your Mobility

When you have back pain or knee pain, your first instinct is to immobilize (stop moving) to stop the pain. Immobility is often recommended following an acute injury to prevent further damage, but movement is usually the first line of treatment.

At Apple Wellness Center, our chiropractor, Michael Pasternack, DC, understands the value of physical activity when it comes to healing acute injuries and treating chronic pain conditions. We often include physical therapy procedures in our treatment plans to help our patients get back to doing the things they love.

Here, we want to talk to you about how physical therapy procedures can restore your mobility.

About physical therapy procedures

Physical therapy procedures include a wide range of activities that improve your flexibility, strength, and balance, while reducing pain and supporting the body’s natural healing process.

Common physical therapy procedures include:

Stretching

Stretching is a gentle exercise that involves lengthening the muscle to improve flexibility. Making your muscles more flexible gives your body the ability to move more freely.

Exercising

Exercising is one of the key elements of our physical therapy procedures. We customize exercise plans based on individual needs. But our goal is to improve strength, endurance, and balance. 

Heat and cold therapy

We use heat and cold therapy to manage pain and injuries. We use heat therapy to reduce muscle tightness and soreness, improving flexibility, and cold therapy to decrease inflammation and swelling. 

Education

Most importantly, we teach you how to stretch, exercise, and manage your pain or injury at home. Yes, we provide these therapies at the office, but you need to continue these activities at home to gain the most benefits. 

Exercising to restore mobility

Mobility means you can move around freely and easily. The less active you are, the more immobile your body becomes, leading to disability.

Physical therapy procedures use targeted stretching and strengthening exercises to restore mobility. At our practice, we slowly and methodically push you and your body to stretch farther and lift more, helping you achieve your goals as quickly and safely as possible.

When it comes to restoring mobility, no two patients are alike, even those with the same condition. Customizing your exercise program based on your current abilities and ultimate goals ensures you regain your mobility, while reducing your risk of future problems.

Who benefits

Anyone struggling with a condition that limits their ability to move about freely and easily benefits from physical therapy procedures. We use stretching and exercising to treat a wide range of patient needs, including:

Physical therapy procedures also benefit those recuperating from surgery. 

Immobility, no matter the cause, affects quality of life. Therapeutic exercises from trained professionals can help you regain your mobility and get back your life. Call our office or click the book online button to schedule an appointment at our Winchester, Virginia, office today.

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