Chronic Pain Relief: Why Physical Therapy Should Be First on Your List
George Soros once said, “the more complex the system, the greater the room for error.” And this doesn’t just apply to economics.
The human body is made up of 650 muscles and 206 bones, working together to form 360 different joints. With so many working parts, the human body is exceedingly complex. Even the smallest injury or weakness can cause long-lasting, widespread damage. And, if it’s not treated effectively, it may lead to chronic pain.
Many people don’t realize Physical Therapy can be more effective for reducing chronic pain than medications and surgery. In fact, Physical Therapy can treat pain from nearly any source:
- Injury from Sports or Overuse
- Muscular Imbalances, Weakness or Spasm
- Strains, Sprains
- Pinched Nerve
- Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
- Poor Posture
- Spondylosis, Stenosis or Spondylolisthesis
- Herniated Disc
- Tendonitis, Bursitis, Plantar fasciitis
- Fractures, Dislocation
- Ligament Injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL)
- Meniscus Damage
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- AC Joint Separation
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Rotator Cuff Problems
- …and much. much more
Treating Pain at the Source
Physical Therapy treats pain at its source. At Holistic Vitality Center, our comprehensive approach to physical therapy can minimize or even eliminate reliance on invasive surgeries and medications, so that you can live a more natural, pain-free life.
Some treatments are “passive,” such as massage, acupuncture and nutritional changes. These help kick-start the healing process; aiding in pain, inflammation and mobility. “Active” treatments, such as stretching and weightlifting, focus on recovery and strengthening to support long-term pain relief.
Treatment can include a wide range of activities, exercises, stretches and more. Here are some of the most common:
Exercises like walking or biking will get the heart pumping while minimizing strain on joints
Activities like weightlifting and using free weights, resistance bands or even your own body weight (like lunges and squats), enhance endurance and strength
Regular, gentle stretching aids in the range of motion, promote flexibility
Different from relaxation massages, these are a physical therapy massage or “soft tissue manipulation” which increases blood flow to the area needing relief
Adjusting the joints helps smooth nervous system pathways, improving spinal function and overall health
Reduces pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killer
Your Customized Treatment Plan
At Holistic Vitality Center, we understand your goals are as unique as you are. That’s why we offer comprehensive, one-on-one evaluations lasting up to a full hour. Your customized treatment plan will include a variety of therapies targeting flexibility, strength and balance – ensuring pain-free movement follows you from the treatment room, to your home, to work and to all the activities that make you smile.
Don’t let pain control your life, whether you are a current patient or a new patient, partner with us to take back the reins and begin your journey toward wellness, healing and wholeness. Schedule your evaluation today, call (919) 848-3333 so that together, we can get you on the path to relief.