Physical therapy is a broad-based field that encompasses the prevention, treatment, and maintenance of both short-term injuries and long-term chronic physical disabilities. Physical therapists are experts in anatomy and kinesiology, the science of movement. They have a deeply nuanced understanding of the ways in which muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons work together to create movement.
Physical therapists use a wide range of techniques to treat issues related to physical pain and functional movement limitations. Manual physical therapy is a subset of physical therapy in which the physical therapist uses hands-on treatments to correct specific problems. Soft tissue mobilization is one form of manual physical therapy. Here is what you should know.
Joint mobilization is a specific set of techniques that fall into the subset of physical therapy known as manual physical therapy. The goals of joint mobilization are to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and normalize the functioning of the joint. Here is what you should know.
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, where the spine goes sideways instead of being in correct alignment. It is most often diagnosed in otherwise healthy adolescents just before puberty as well as in those with other health conditions, such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis. For severe cases of scoliosis, wearing a brace or undergoing corrective surgery may be required. In addition to, or instead of, these measures, physical therapy can be beneficial even for mild cases of scoliosis. Here are some of the ways that physical therapy can help with scoliosis.
If you are suffering from an injury or chronic pain condition, manual physical therapy may be able to help. Physical therapy is a broad-based field that treats disorders of functional movement. The goal is to restore function and range of motion while eliminating pain. Manual physical therapy is a specific type of physical therapy that is generally used in conjunction with other forms of physical therapy. Here is what you should know. Continue reading “What You Should Know About Manual Physical Therapy”
Myofascial release therapy (MFR) helps to alleviate tightness and shortening in the muscles. Many people seek this treatment after an injury or when coping with chronic pain in a part of the body that contains soft tissue, such as the shoulder, back, or hip. Myofascial release can also help alleviate symptoms of such conditions as migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Here is what you should know. Continue reading “Understanding Myofascial Release”
Physical therapy is a broad field that encompasses all sorts of treatments for functional movement disorders. Physical therapy attempts to identify areas of restricted movement, alleviate pain, and restore full mobility. Although there are many different techniques, all can be loosely categorized into several main types.
Everyone has a poor night’s sleep now and then, whether due to stress or jet lag. In general, one lost night of sleep will leave you feeling miserable but will not have long-lasting effects on your mind or body. The more nights in a row that you have disturbed sleep, though, the more compounding effects you will experience. Here are a few tips for better sleep.
Temperature therapy is highly useful in treating all sorts of pain, inflammation, and muscle stiffness, regardless of the cause. It is inexpensive and easy to use. Yet many people are unsure which situations call for ice, and which would be better treated with heat. As a general rule, ice is best for acute injuries, inflammation, and swelling, while heat works better for muscle stiffness or pain. Here are some more details. Continue reading “Ice vs. Heat: When to Use Which Treatment”
Although they can occur throughout the body, repetitive strain injuries generally affect the wrists and hands, forearms and elbows, or shoulders and neck. They can affect many different structures including the muscles, nerves, and tendons. You may receive a specific diagnosis such as bursitis, tendonitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Continue reading “Repetitive Strain Injuries: What You Should Know”