Physical therapists help in reducing and managing pain. Low back pain, affects up to 80 percent of Americans during their lifetime. Physical therapy mobilizes the spine along with specific exercises. This can help alleviate the pain and have long-lasting effects.

If you are at risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association encourages seeing a physical therapist for initial pain treatment resulting from:

  • Tendinitis/ bursitis
  • Degenerative joint problems (osteoarthritis)
  • Inflammatory joint problems (rheumatoid arthritis)

Physical therapy is a great alternative to medication. And in fact, for some surgery is best for musculoskeletal pain. Research shows individuals who receive active physical therapy, experience greater improvement in function and decreased pain intensity.

No matter what part of your body hurts, a physical therapist at Total Ortho Center can help. By contributing in alleviating or managing pain without costly medication. For a certified trained physical therapist call 888-409-8006 today to learn more.

As stated before, physical therapy can be helpful in the management of Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). For example, a physical therapist may recommend:

  • Isometric (“pushing”) exercises to help build muscle strength without subjecting inflamed joints to excessive wear
  • Isotonic (“pulling”) exercises to further increase muscle strength and help preserve function
  • Daily walking, using a cane or other assistive device as needed

Benefits of Medical Massage

Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage, such as:
  • Pain relief
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Depression
  • Reduced blood pressure and
  • Reduced heart rate
Pain relief from musculoskeletal injuries is one of the major cited benefits. When combined with patient education and exercises, however, massage can be helpful for sub-acute and chronic low back pain. After multiple treatments, massage has also been shown to reduce sub-clinical depression as well as trait anxiety. Both of which are very common in patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions.
Additionally, other benefits of massage include improved circulation, increased flexibility, and improved posture. It is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration an overall sense of well-being. Furthermore, theories behind the physiologic mechanisms of massage include blocking nociception (“gate control theory” of pain), activating the parasympathetic nervous system with subsequent release of endorphins and serotonin, and preventing fibrosis or scar tissue formation.