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What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is the treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of therapeutic exercise and the application of modalities, intended to restore or facilitate normal function or development. It also remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, and physical intervention (therapy using mechanical force and movement).


The Benefits of Physical Therapy


Short-term and regular physical therapy have a number of benefits including:

  • spinal and extremity pain relief
  • headache relief
  • increased mobility and range of motion
  • decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
  • arthritic joint pain relief
  • increased joint health
  • increased performance and energy
  • increased sense of well being and relaxation
  • increased balance and coordination
  • reduced degeneration and risk of injury
  • enhanced tissue healing
  • decreased tissue inflammation
  • Proper healing following surgical repair

How Physical Therapy Differs

layoutWhen evaluating and treating patients, physical therapists take a holistic approach which includes identifying and correcting the cause(s) of the patient's health ailment while also providing relief for aggravating symptoms. Physical therapists believe that correcting the cause of the problem provides significant long-term benefits over only treating the symptoms.







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