Physical therapy is a treatment path for injury or physical issues that involves only natural solutions rather than medication or surgical intervention. Like chiropractic, physical therapy focuses on helping the body to heal itself using its innate healing abilities. Physical therapy has two main goals: Relieving the pain and helping the patient regain full use of the affected body part again. Physical therapy and chiropractic care combine particularly well because they have similar goals and can be done at the same time. By combining physical therapy treatments and chiropractic care, the patient can get the fastest pain relief and the quickest return to full function.
The physical therapy treatments used will depend on the patient and their specific condition. Most people benefit from a combination of treatments, including options like ultrasound therapy, moist heat therapy, cryotherapy (cold therapy,) and electrical muscle stimulation therapy. Many patients will have several of these treatments during the course of an appointment at the chiropractic provider's office. The physical therapy treatments are not painful in any way. In fact, many people look forward to their physical therapy treatments and find them to be extremely relaxing. The chiropractic caregiver may also teach the patient some specific exercises as part of their physical therapy treatments. These exercises are targeted for the specific condition and are focused on making the injured area stronger and less susceptible to injury in the future. Patients can do these exercises in a few minutes a day at home, making it an easy part of their regular routine.
Physical therapy treatments are commonly done for the same period of time that chiropractic care is prescribed. Every patient is different, so the chiropractic care provider will discuss the length of care needed with each patient following their initial evaluation.
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