Depending on your experiences and your point of reference, physical therapy may either sound like a miracle or a solution that's simply too good to be true. The truth, however, is that it's neither of those things. Physical therapy improves your life in certain measurable ways--no miracles necessary.
Benefits of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is just one approach in a repertoire of treatment options, but it stands out for many reasons.
For example, physical therapy draws many elements from chiropractic care without being the exact same treatment. It also addresses a variety of health issues, from common aches and pains to joint damage, serious injuries, and more. Finally, while it can improve things like mood and overall health, it also has measurable benefits you can actually see as they improve your quality of life.
Here are a few ways physical therapy makes this happen:
#1: It helps you recover faster
Whether you've already had surgery or are trying to avoid it, physical therapy can help you get—and stay—on the road to recovery. For example, your physical therapist may work with you to design a plan that strengthens muscles around your injury or problem area, improving strength and support while limiting the risk of further issues.
#2: It helps manage pain
A physical therapist has many drug-free pain control options at their disposal. Exercises, specialized massages, and guided stretching are just a few tools your PT may have up their sleeve—all designed to reduce pain and put you in control of your life.
#3: It improves your ability to do daily tasks
Flexibility isn't just important for athletes. They're also a big deal for people just trying to complete everyday tasks, like doing the laundry or reaching something on a high shelf. Physical therapy improves balance, mobility, muscle strength, and more, helping you do the little things that mean so much.
#4: It gives you tools to utilize throughout your life
The benefits of physical therapy don't stop when your sessions do. Instead, your PT may provide tools, approaches, exercises, and recommendations you'll be able to take home with you, helping to prevent pain and injury between sessions or after you complete a certain amount of physical therapy.
Physical therapy may not be a miracle, but for many patients, it sure feels like one. By speeding up your recovery, managing pain, and giving you control over your abilities and comfort, physical therapy improves quality of life in simple but measurable ways.
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