Physical Therapy for Pain Management
According to the dictionary, pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli.
Whether your pain is acute (new) or chronic (long-term), there are many options physical therapy can do to help. All of the options below are fantastic pain management options because they have no side effects, no addictive nature, and are cost-effective (in other words: cheap.)
TENS UNIT – TRANSUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION
The TENS Unit, a pocket-sized device is extremely effective because it can be used at home, at work, and at play; and can be used multiple times per day.
GRASTON/ SOFT-TISSUE TECHNIQUES
Julie Ortman, PT, DPT is our resident expert in all things Graston. She has had impressive results for patients young and old, athletes and non-athletes, able to successfully improve pain in all body parts. When choosing a Graston medical provider, make sure she/he has been through the actual Graston coursework and has the genuine Graston tool set (no imitations.)
COMPRESSION SOCKS or WRAPPING
these can be helpful if one spends a lot of time sitting, standing, or in a sedentary position. These are most beneficial for tired, aching, heavy feeling, and/ or swollen legs.
Kinesiology tape is a thin, elastic cotton strip with an adhesive backing that is commonly used by athletes and physical therapists to alleviate pain and improve muscle function. The tape is designed to mimic the properties of human skin and stretch in multiple directions, allowing for the full range of motion. Taping techniques involve applying the tape in a specific pattern to a particular area of the body, such as the knee, ankle, or shoulder, to provide support and stability. Kinesiology tape can be worn for several days and is a popular treatment option for athletes seeking to recover from injuries quickly while maintaining their performance level.
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WARM WATER THERAPY
Warm water therapy, also known as aquatic therapy, is a form of physical therapy that involves exercising in a pool of warm water. The water provides a low-impact environment that supports and cushions the body, making it an ideal option for those with joint pain or limited mobility. Aquatic therapy can improve cardiovascular fitness, strengthen muscles, and increase flexibility. The warm water can also help to reduce pain and inflammation, allowing for more comfortable movement. This type of therapy is often recommended for individuals recovering from surgery, injury, or chronic conditions, as it can be an effective way to accelerate healing and restore function.
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Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapists to alleviate pain and improve muscle function. It involves the insertion of thin needles into trigger points, which are areas of muscle that are causing pain or discomfort. The needles are inserted directly into the muscle, targeting tight knots or bands that may be causing pain or limiting movement. The goal of dry needling is to promote healing and reduce pain by improving blood flow and releasing tension in the muscle. This technique is often used in conjunction with other physical therapy treatments and can be an effective option for those with chronic pain or sports injuries.
Learn more: Dry Needling