Why You Should Do Physical Therapy for Neck Pain
Physical therapy has been shown to be effective for alleviating neck pain. Neck pain can be caused by a variety of things. It can have a specific cause such as a car accident. It may also be caused by low-grade stressors such as sleeping in an awkward position. Physical therapists can treat neck pain regardless of what causes it.
Physical therapy involves the use of external stimulus in order to promote healing and manage pain. Physical therapists not only aim to reduce pain but they also want to increase range of motion. Studies have shown that physical therapy is safe and effective.
The high majority of people who get physical therapy will be able to get immediate relief. The physical therapist will likely recommend exercises that people can do at home in order to improve their condition. Breathing exercises and postural exercises are often recommended.
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Different Physical Therapy Methods
Deep Tissue Massage: The purpose of a deep tissue massage is to alleviate muscle tension. You may have neck pain as the result of chronic tension. The therapist will use direct pressure to get rid of the pain and tension.
Dry Needling: Dry Needling is a medical technique performed by a skilled physical therapist to immediately reduce pain, muscle tension and improve mobility.
Joint mobilization: An type of manual therapy that involves the passive movement of specific joints using the skilled application of force, direction, and technique.
Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger point therapy, often referred to as myofascial release or pressure point massage, involves the application of gentle yet firm pressure to specific areas along the body, known as pressure or trigger points.
Therapeutic Exercise: Through therapeutic exercise, it is possible to have your function restored and live a life that is pain-free.
Getting the Most Out of Physical Therapy
Set Small Goals
You want your neck pain to be 100 percent gone. However, you should focus on smaller goal first. For example, reducing pain and swelling can be small goals.
Do the Stretches and Exercises the Right Way
Your physical therapist will teach you stretches and exercises that you can do at home. You have to do these exercises the right way in order to heal properly. It is also important to note that incorrectly doing the exercise can result in pain and injury.
The results may not be immediate. In fact, you may experience some soreness at first. However, if you keep going, then you will likely get relief.
What Are the Goals of Physical Therapy?
Educate patients about how to properly perform exercises
Use different modalities to reduce pain and promote the healing process (including dry needling, joint mobilizations, and trigger point release)
Help patients to be able to return to their normal activities
Prevent the pain from returning
Help manage exacerbations-You may do an exercise improperly and have a flare up. However, a physical therapist will teach you how to prevent the symptoms from returning.
Making An Appointment With Us
1on1 Physical Therapy is a private, therapist owned practice. We aren't limited by policies when developing your individualized treatment program. We are patient focused, not volume focused. As a result, when you come to 1on1, you get one hour of hands-on, one-on-one treatment.
We understand what you’re going through, therefore, we do whatever it takes to get you back in action. We offer flexible hours and in most cases, we can see you within 24 hours. We are experts in helping people understand what’s keeping them from recovering from pain or injury. Most people begin to feel better within the first two visits!
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