Physical Therapy is used in the treatment of both chronic and acute pain. Physical Therapy gives special focus to the treatment of trigger points.
These are points in the body which develop as a result of overuse or injury to the muscle. Knots form in the muscle because of the lack of oxygenated blood flow to the area, resulting in pain.
In some case there are satellite trigger points which actually cause the pain in a different area of the body. So while you may present with a pain in your hip the trigger point for the pain could be in your back.
So this is where the treatment is focused. Pain may also result from soft tissue (tight muscles) which can compress nerves, resulting in pain. Examples include repetitive strain injury, bad posture, frozen shoulder, sprains, and all kinds of sports injuries.
How does it work?
Using specialised techniques called Soft Tissue Release, Positional Release, Strain/ Counter Strain, Deep Tissue Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy, harmony and balance can be restored between the nervous system and the soft tissue systems. These treatments encourage circulation and enhance lymphatic drainage helping to reduce inflammation in the body. It enhances the function of all the joints, muscles and the movement of joints in the body.
You may need a number of treatments, and may have to make some minor changes and adaptations to your activities so that you can return to normal life.
GENERAL BENEFITS OF physical THERAPY INCLUDE:
- Reduction or elimination of pain
- Greater flexibility and strength
- Increased ease and efficiency of movement
- Balanced musculoskeletal and nervous systems
- Improved posture
- Increased circulation
- Decreased body toxins
- Increased energy and vitality