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The importance of physical therapy

Living with pain and discomfort should’ve been left in last year. With the help of physical therapy, you can be one step closer to living a pain-free life. Instead of looking for painkillers to give you instant but not most extended relief, visit a physical therapy professional.

The history of physical therapy.

The use of the first forms of physical therapy can be dated back to 460 B.C. Hippocrate is believed to be the first to use physical therapy in treatment along with advocating for massages, manual therapy and hydrotherapy. The earliest findings of the actual practice of physical therapy can be traced back to Per Henrik Ling, “Father of Swedish Gymnastics.” He founded a Sweden institute that helped athletes receive massages, manipulations and exercise. Shortly after, Sweden gave PTs official registration.

Physical therapy made its way to the United States during the late 19th century. During this time the U.S. saw a polio epidemic. This epidemic affected the population including the President of the United States and during that time lead to an increasing demand for more research to be conducted for muscle recovery. During WWI, women were recruited to help men with physical therapy and care. Thus,  the field of physical therapy began to flourish. In the late 1940s, the American Physical Therapy Association was created. Now, it represents around 76,000 members in the United States.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is when a licensed medical profession restores the physical function and mobility of a body part related to an injury, disability or disease. With the help of physical therapy, people can know effective healing and restoration during any stage of recovery. There is a wide range of treatments:  

  • orthopedic physical therapy

  • geriatric physical therapy

  • neautroloicagal physical therapy

  • wound care therapy.

These types vary between professionals and each patient’s individualized care needed.

When do you need physical therapy?

The need for physical therapy varies from person to person. One of the most reasons for physical therapy is to recover from a pulled muscle. While others need physical therapy to increase their mobility in everyday life. It doesn’t matter the age of the patient; physical therapy can be applied to relieve the pain and mobility. These are the most reasons for physical therapy.

You're experiencing chronic pain.

Everyone experiences pain whether that be physically or emotionally. However, when the pain becomes too much to handle and starts to interfere with your daily activities, it’s time to receive professional help. If you’re experiencing a type of pain that lasts for three to six months or longer, you have a form of chronic pain. This kind of pain makes it unbearable for individuals to accomplish the simplest tasks — the best choice to combat the pain and aches with physical therapy. It will help you feel better and prevent any further discomfort.

You’re injured from a sport.

Preventing injuries while playing a sport is easier said than done. You could get knocked in the head with a ball at any moment during a game. Pushing yourself too far during practice or exercising will leave you with sprained or pulled muscles. Thankful physical therapy provides the best type of pain relief without having to comprise your time and training. Plus, it’s also designed to prevent any injuries from occurring later on. .

You're searching for alternatives to surgery.

Physical therapy is excellent for any common injury to help with avoiding major surgery. This treatment is less expensive than resorting to an expensive surgery. The process is simple, and you could have instant results. After a couple of visits, you could start to feel brand new again!  

Don’t think twice about making your physical therapy appointment. Contact us to set an appointment for physical therapy session.

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We’re Wisniewski Chiropractic, part of the Thrive Wellness network. Nearing our third year in our current location, we’re excited to continue bringing you personalized care and support for your wellness journey. Dr. Wisniewski is an expert in chiropractic care. We believe in healthcare that relies less on medication and more on  prevention through the use of proper diet, exercise and patient education. Our chiropractic services follow a three-part plan: relieve your pain first, address the root cause, and make a plan for your future wellness.