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August 3rd, 2015 8:12am
An important step in treating chronic pain and one practiced at Recovia is physical therapy. Individuals suffering from chronic pain commonly benefit from participating in physical therapy, even though it can be perceived to cause more pain. There are various methods and reasons why physical therapy is used to treat chronic pain.
As with any functioning body, physical movement and some form of exercise is a contributing factor to obtaining overall good health. Exercising a few times each week, no matter how little, can positively impact chronic pain sufferers. Not only can physical therapy help increase muscle strength and flexibility, it can also encourage the build up of endurance while helping patients to overcome soreness and stiffness. Having a regular and consistent physical therapy routine can keep the body moving and agile. Oftentimes, individuals suffering from chronic pain want to just crawl into bed and never leave. Although rest is beneficial, leaving the body stagnant and refraining from physical activity will lead to disabling stiffness and rigidity.
How can the team at Recovia help? It is important to remember that not all chronic pain is the same. At Recovia, the patient’s physical therapist will evaluate their pain and design an individualized treatment plan that is right for them. From there, they will teach the patient how to cope with daily activities. Merely stretching and learning flexibility exercises can help with daily activities. Certain exercises can even improve coordination and movement, decreasing overall pain. These steps can set chronic pain suffers or injured patients on the right path for gaining physical strength and functionality.
Manual therapy is another avenue of physical therapy that focuses on massaging and manipulating joint structures and soft tissues, helping relieve some of the pain and tension in the body. This training can help determine if adjustments are needed to be made when performing certain tasks.
Patients can expect to leave our program with exercises and stretches that can be done at home as well. It is imperative that chronic pain sufferers have techniques and physical treatments for to use at their discretion daily. Commonly known as ‘self-PT’, patients are trained to know what exercises will continue to help the body heal and strengthen when they are away from the clinic.
These various aspects of physical therapy contribute significantly to a chronic pain sufferer’s health journey.
Recovia is a functional flex-care program that aims to maximize recovery for individuals suffering from chronic pain, injury, or dependency. The mission is to provide a compassionate, comprehensive, cost effective, and individualized functional rehabilitation program. For more information, please contact us at 480-712-4600 or visit our information page.
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