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How Can Physical Therapy Alleviate Neck/Back Pain?
December 7, 2018
Fitness, Wellness, Physical Therapy
Are you suffering from back or neck pain? Physical therapy can help to reduce pain and restore function. Physical therapy for neck and back pain is designed to focus on the structures that support the spine. This includes the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
There are three main goals of this type of physical therapy. These are:
1. Educating the patient on the basics of stretching and strengthening to accelerate healing and alleviate pain
2. Accelerating healing through targeted stretching and strengthening
3. Teaching patients about body mechanics to prevent future occurrences. This also includes maintaining good posture.
What to expect
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for neck and back pain. It is therefore important to see a physical therapist for an examination. Your physical therapist will carry out a thorough physical examination of your body. They will also take a look at your medical history and ask you several questions. The information gathered from these activities will help them determine the cause of your pain and the best approach to help alleviate it. In some cases, further tests may be required to ascertain the exact cause of the pain.
The physical therapist will then suggest a course of treatment. They will work with you to help alleviate the pain. Some common treatments applied by physical therapists include:
Various exercises can be used to increase your range of motion and help to decrease the pain. These exercises will help to strengthen the neck and back muscles. These are often prescribed if the therapist has identified weakness.
• Posture correction
This includes sitting and standing posture. The therapist will work with you to improve your posture.
Massage can be used to help release tight muscles or ease pain in sore muscles. Different techniques can be applied for different results.
Other treatments include the application of heat or cold, mobilization and traction. Physical therapy is a great option for pain relief.