A healthy, strong, and active lifestyle is what everyone strives for. However, it is not always easy to obtain, especially for those suffering from chronic pain. The very thought of going out and exercising with your aches and pains may leave you feeling uncomfortable. However, there is, fortunately, a simpler solution to gaining the active lifestyle you desire. Physical therapy can help you achieve optimum levels of health and fitness, all while reducing your pain. If you are looking for a healthier, stronger, and more active lifestyle, give Westchase Physical Therapy a call today!
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy generally consists of three important phases: pain relief, strengthening, and functional integration. Some people are apprehensive toward physical therapy because they believe it will hurt them; however, the opposite is usually true. Physical therapy is aimed at pain relief and strengthening, and our physical therapist will make sure that your treatment plan won’t bring you any pain or discomfort. This is achieved through several treatment services, such as ice and heat therapies, stretching, bracing, and ultrasound.
We use a reliable assessment process specific for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet.
An active lifestyle is also dependent upon movement. Our physical therapist will cater your treatment plan around specific movements designed to increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and overall mobility. He or she will assist you with many of these exercises, but will also provide some simple ones that can be done at home.
The end result of physical therapy is living the life you want, free from painful limitations. That can only happen when you apply the concepts you learn from your treatments to the outside world. Our physical therapist is as dedicated as you are, and will encourage you to achieve all the goals you set forth in the beginning.
Imagine you now have the knowledge and power to control your pain and stiffness and the ability to do your work or daily activities. You will not have to spend months in therapy or have to rely on unnecessary medications, injections, or surgery. Take control of your injury, empower yourself, and get back to the life you love with specific movements and exercises given to you by our certified physical therapists.
How will physical therapy help me in Westchase & Palm Harbor?
The purpose of physical therapy remains the same, no matter what you are seeking its services for. Perhaps you are still suffering from the lingering pain of an injury. Perhaps you are recovering from surgery and trying to get your range of motion back. Perhaps your joints simply aren’t what they used to be, and you are looking for relief. Whatever the case may be, physical therapists are dedicated to relieving your pain and getting you back to your peak level of physical health.
A physical therapist is a movement specialist, educated in analyzing mobility issues with walking, running, jumping, bending, stretching, and almost every other form of physical activity. Our physical therapist can pinpoint problem areas and create a customized treatment plan aimed at improving those areas. Through in-office sessions and at-home exercises, patients strengthen their muscles and joints, improve their balance, build endurance, and experience pain relief, all without the unwanted harmful risks of drugs or surgery.
What should I expect?
Everyone has different needs based on the conditions of their bodies. There is no cookie-cutter approach to health and wellness, as one treatment plan may not work the same for one person as it would for another. Your physical therapist will work closely with you to evaluate your mobility, balance, range of motion, and severity of pain. Your physical goals will also be taken into account when creating your treatment plan, as well as any health risks that may be holding you back. At your initial evaluation, you may be asked to perform basic movements, such as sitting down, standing up, walking, lifting, stretching, or other motions. Once your physical therapist has a clear picture of what you need, he or she will begin constructing a treatment plan to help relieve your pain and achieve your goals.
In the end, an active lifestyle is more than possible, even if you struggle with chronic pain. If you are looking to improve your health, strength, and physical activity, look no further – we are here to help. Request an appointment with one of our physical therapists today and get started on your journey toward better health and wellness!
Patients with bleeding disorders, extreme fear of needles, on medications that prevent clotting or promote excessive coagulation, or with tender points directly near vital neural or vascular tissue may be identified as contraindicated to this treatment by a practitioner.
“I absolutely love Westchase Physical Therapy! Yvonne and Chris are stellar therapist. It’s amazing what these two people can do to relieve pain almost instantly. I didn’t think that I would be able to go a day without pain. Yvonne and Chris equipped me with information and exercises to strengthen my back and legs. I am standing, walking and lifting. I can actually go out and enjoy football games with my grandkids and not be down for a day or in excruciating pain. I thank God for leading me to Westchase and Yvonne for motivating and encouraging me. I look forward to our next appointment.”
“Westchase Physical Therapy has the best staff, therapists and facility. They are welcoming and knowledgeable for clients of all ages. Dr. Julie and the team have helped me improve my mobility and strength. The therapists put us first and there is a lot of positive reinforcement. The personalized app videos help practice at home to get stronger at your own pace. Everyone there has a smile and I highly recommend Westchase for PT.”