Do you have an injury or illness limiting your ability to perform daily tasks and work activities? If so, physical therapy is the solution you are looking for. Physiotherapy therapy treats various conditions and helps improve function and movement. Our board-certified physical therapists at Axon Health Associates offer tailor-made treatments suited for your environment, health, and lifestyle.
What Is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, is a noninvasive treatment that aims to evaluate, improve, maintain and restore health and physical function. Physical therapy is safe and effective and can be applied to people of any age and stage in life.
Typically, physical therapists begin by conducting a physical examination, medical history, and diagnosis. The information gathered helps formulate a treatment plan, monitor progress, and manage and educate you on disease prevention and healthy habits.
Physical therapists deal with deficiencies in physical movements by noting your limitations, targeting the source of pain, and treating them to improve your quality of life. Physiotherapy is an effective solution for a stress-free and pain-free recovery.
Health Benefits for Physical Therapy
- Relieve pain
- Improve movement
- Prevent surgery or disability
- Stroke, injury, accident, or surgery rehabilitation
- Improves balance to prevent a slip or fall
- Helps recover from a sports injury
- Control bowel and bladder function
- Manage a chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis
- Prevents sports injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Alleviates chronic fatigue
- Helps relieve neck and back pain
- Improves respiratory issues
- Helps adapt to an artificial limb
- Knee ligament injury
- Managing age-related complications
- Improves recovery after you give birth
- Learn and adapt to using assistive devices like a walker or cane
- Conditions affecting the hand such as trigger finger or carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neurological conditions like spinal cord injuries, stroke, or traumatic brain injuries
Types of Physical Therapy Treatments
Common treatments that relieve pain, improve mobility, and restore functionality include:
- Aquatic therapy (Hydrotherapy): A heated body of water is used to relax muscles, improve flexibility, and reduce swelling and pain. It is ideal for patients who have difficulty bearing weight and difficulty exercising.
- Traction: This treats lower back and shoulder pain
- Exercises: These improve strength, stability, and flexibility.
- Dry needling: Involves placing needles into the skin at the trigger points for pain relief and relaxing muscles and spasms.
- Aerobic activities: These exercises reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Types of exercises include swimming, walking, or cycling.
- Acupuncture: Involves using hair-thin needles to prick the skin to relieve pain, tension headaches, and repetitive stress injuries.
- Massage: A massage therapist Kneads and manipulates injured tissues to improve circulation and decrease pain.
- Joint immobilization: To decrease pain and improve mobility.
- Laser or light therapy: This uses focused light to improve the healing process. It helps treat inflammation, wound healing, and relieve pain.
- Kinesiology taping: A flexible fabric tape applied to the skin which pulls and stretches during movement to rehabilitate muscles and provide pain relief.
- Electrical stimulation (Electrotherapy) and TENS (transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation) to relieve pain in injured tissues and muscles.
- Heat and cold therapy: These treatments decrease joint pain in joints. Cold therapy reduces inflammation, while heat therapy improves circulation and relaxes the muscles.
Where to Get Physiotherapy Treatments
Here is where to get physical therapy treatments:
- Skilled nursing facilities or assisted living homes
- Inpatient rehabilitation centers
- Private homes
- Outpatient clinics or offices
- Extended care facilities
- Schools and colleges
- Fitness centers or sports facilities
Types of Physical Therapy
There are various types of physical therapy. The most common types include:
Vestibular therapy: This helps regain balance and coordination from conditions resulting from the inner ear. It involves various exercises and manual techniques to enhance stability and improve vertigo.
Pediatric physical therapy: This is exclusive to children and helps correct and manage genetic defects (such as spinal bifida and cerebral palsy), delayed growth, limb disabilities, and congenital disabilities
Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation: Helps treat heart failure and chronic lung disease. Different exercises and strength resistance techniques are used to increase endurance and improve quality of life.
Orthopedic physical therapy: This therapy treats musculoskeletal injuries such as trauma to the bones, ligaments, tendons, joints, and muscles. The treatment relieves pain, increases mobility, and corrects damage to the skeleton from conditions such as sprains, bursitis, and fractures.
Neurological physical therapy: This therapy helps treats neurological conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, aneurysms, brain injuries, and Parkinson’s disease. It restores balance, coordination and improves movement patterns and motor skills.
Geriatric physical therapy: This treats age-related illnesses. It addresses mobility limitations and musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoporosis, chronic disorders, and arthritis. This is addressed by gentle exercises and other techniques to reduce pain.
Rehabilitative Physical Therapy: Focuses on the recovery of patients who have undergone significant surgeries affecting their mobility and movement. It is particularly common in rehabilitating injured athletes and bodybuilders. The rehabilitation begins at the hospital and continues even when they are recovering at home. It stops after one gains full mobility and range of motion in the treatment area.
Contact Axon Health Associates today or schedule an appointment online for more information about physical therapy and other treatments.