The following is part 3 of 3 in a series covering the issue of Chronic Pain. See the bottom of this article for links to the rest of the series.
Physical Therapy Can Help Those Suffering From Chronic Pain
Physical therapists are experts in something every person in chronic pain (and every person) needs…Movement. Getting rid of the pain is likely the first thing that comes to mind, but it doesn’t stop there. You want to thrive, not just survive. We can teach you about your pain, what might be causing it, what might not be causing it, and what you can do right now to help yourself. Your physical therapist will also work with you to design a program tailored to your individual goals and desires.
Physical activity and exercise might seem like the last thing you should do when you’re in pain. But lack of movement actually makes the pain worse, not better. For example, there’s an overwhelming amount of research that shows how light aerobic exercise, water based (aquatic) physical therapy, education on your pain, and walking can greatly help lower your pain AND help you move better.
Everyone Is Different, That’s Why You Need A Physical Therapist
Since people aren’t robots, we know that what works for one person doesn’t always work for others. That is exactly why a physical therapist is needed. We combine the best available science and our expert training in movement with your personal desires and goals to make a plan that will work for you. A physical therapist can help you learn how to manage and control your pain so you can get back to living life.
What exactly does “combine the best available science and our expert training in movement” look like when you attend physical therapy? First of all, you should expect to do some talking. It’s important that you share your story, what your goals are, and what you’ve been through. Your fears and concerns are also very important to share, so that your physical therapist can give you the care you deserve. Communication is a two-way street. As the plan is developed, it’s important for you to share with your physical therapist if anything doesn’t make sense, if you don’t like what you’re being asked to do, or if you feel like you’re getting worse. Which brings us to the next important point: You should be feeling better! There will certainly be bad days, or flare ups, but that’s part of what physical therapy can help you with – giving you the tools you need to manage those bad days. Managing chronic pain is more than “doing some exercises” and it’s more than “just taking a walk.” It’s understanding your own situation, knowing that what you’re doing is safe for you, and having a plan to meet your specific goals. Your Physical Therapist can help you make that plan, and help you meet your goals.
Physical therapy can greatly help those dealing with chronic pain. Call a physical therapist today to move better, feel better, and get back to the things you love.
To find a physical therapist near you, visit Find A PT via the American Physical Therapy Association.