At Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic, all of our chiropractors utilize their Physical Therapy endorsement to help patients achieve improved ranges of motion, decreased levels of pain, and increased rates of healing for their injuries. They utilize many therapies that you would commonly encounter in a Physical Therapy office such as heat and ice therapy, ultrasound therapy, paraffin wax, traction, and electric muscle stimulation (interferential current).
Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic utilizes specialized equipment to help with physical therapy in the office. Dr. Gulitz offers theraband tubing for resistance exercises, recumbent bicycles, upper body ergometers, treadmills, wobble/balance boards, swiss exercise balls, intersegmental traction tables, and mechanical traction therapy. For patients with herniated discs in their necks and/or lower backs mechanical traction is able to help with pain and ease the symptoms associated with these conditions.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a type of care that involves treating disease, injury, and other issues in the body through an assortment of treatment methods and therapeutic modalities such as stretches, exercises, heat, electrical stimulation and massage. Over several sessions, patients can gradually increase their strength and endurance. Physical therapy techniques are designed to facilitate movement, reduce pain, increase flexibility and release tension in the muscles.
Depending on the nature of your injury or condition, a chiropractor may recommend that you take part in a physical therapy program so that you can restore your functional mobility. There are many forms of physical therapy treatments, so a chiropractor may use a combination of several different ones. The program will be tailored based on your body and condition. Chiropractors often supplement chiropractic care with physical therapy sessions so that patients can minimize pain and reduce inflammation.
Who Can Benefit From Physical Therapy
Patients can benefit from physical therapy even if they just want to improve their overall health. Though many people who have physical therapy are those who have suffered a sports injury, experienced a fall or an accident, or have chronic pain, it is recommended for those who also want to improve their flexibility and mobility. Physical therapy is beneficial for many reasons, especially for patients who are searching for non-invasive treatment options to alleviate their pain.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
A physical therapist will ask you several questions about your medical history and symptoms during your consultation. They will ask you questions about the types of pain you are experiencing, the frequency in which it occurs, how long you have been experiencing pain and other treatments you have previously received if any. After learning about your patient history, they will conduct a physical evaluation to determine what areas are causing you issues.
How to Prepare For Your Physical Therapy Session
Before attending your first physical therapy session, you should do several things to prepare. Prior to your session, make sure you eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water so you have enough energy to do the exercises. Create a list of questions that you would like to ask the physical therapist. They will be able to answer your questions about what to expect during each session, and what each treatment entails. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing to your sessions that doesn’t restrict your movement so you can move around freely and do the exercises properly. After the session, the physical therapist may instruct you to do certain exercises at home so you can continue to improve your range of motion and manage your pain.
Set Up A Consultation
If you are suffering mild to severe pain that is affecting your daily life, physical therapy may be an effective treatment option for you. Many patients have reported success after just a few physical therapy sessions, and it has helped people better manage their symptoms. Pain relief from an injury, disease or accident is possible. Schedule an appointment with a physical therapist at Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic to learn more about our physical therapy program.