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  • Writer's pictureRachel Richers

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a practice of medicine geared toward patient’s achievement of highest level of function and quality of life. I see it as empowering patient's healing through movement. It is the role of the physical therapist to help coach, guide, and educate our patient in how to use their body to heal their body. The therapist is only a tiny portion of the overall puzzle that is physical therapy.

We assess how your body moves - both where you hurt, and the areas above and below your pain location. We use hands on techniques, called Manual Therapy, to massage tissues, mobilize joints, restore alignment and body symmetry. We use exercise to help stretch or strengthen muscles necessary to overcome your specific pain or limitation. We will look at your balance, both while standing still and with walking, lifting and completion of everyday activities (getting in and out of the car, loading the dishwasher, carrying laundry, navigate stairs, etc.) We can also use machines such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation to add energy to your system with the goal to make pain better in order to allow improved tolerance to therapy session and day to day function.

When you have pain, lost range of motion, weakness, or just general difficulty with living your life to the fullest physically, I hope you will think of seeking the assistance of a physical therapy.

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