As the days of October breeze by, National Physical Therapy Month is coming to a close.
One question I often get asked is: “Does physical therapy genuinely help with arthritis?”
The answer, in short, is a resounding yes. But let’s delve a bit deeper, shall we?
In this blog, you’re going to delve into five ways that physical therapy can help arthritis.
Get ready to reclaim your life from arthritis.
Before we delve into how physical therapy can be transformative for people with arthritis, it’s essential to understand what arthritis is.
Arthritis isn’t a singular disease; it’s an umbrella term covering over 100 conditions that involve joint inflammation.
Are you experiencing sharp pains in your back? Or maybe your knees?
Symptoms can vary but often include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion.
It can affect anyone, regardless of age, and make day-to-day activities challenging.
The Importance Of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is more than rehabilitation after an injury.
It’s about prevention. It’s about getting your body into peak condition
Has it been a while since you hit the gym?
For those gearing up for a gym return, physical therapy may be exactly what you need.
Now, let’s explore the ways in which physical therapy helps arthritis
5 Ways Physical Therapy Helps Arthritis
Pain Management Without Medication
Through targeted movement techniques and specialized exercises, physical therapy offers relief from arthritis discomfort.
It not only diminishes the pain but can, in many cases, offer a viable alternative to continual medication.
This approach not only alleviates pain but also side-steps potential side effects from prolonged drug usage.
Are you finding it difficult to get off the couch or to properly stretch your legs on that morning run?
Arthritis often leads to stiffened joints, making simple movements a challenge.
Physical therapy introduces exercises designed specifically to enhance your range of motion.
This ensures fluidity in movement, particularly valuable after periods of inactivity or during those chilly, stiff mornings.
Strengthening Surrounding Muscles
Third, think of the muscles around your joints as a supportive cushion.
When these muscles are robust and well-toned, they offer added protection and support to the joints, potentially reducing pain.
Physical therapy targets these muscles, strengthening them and thereby creating a protective shield around affected joints.
Helping you to enjoy the gym pain-free!
Learning Proper Body Mechanics
Fourth, It’s not just about moving, it’s about moving right.
Under the guidance of expert therapists, you learn the optimal way to carry out daily tasks, from the way you sit at your desk to the manner in which you lift objects.
This knowledge is invaluable in minimizing strain on joints, and ensuring day-to-day activities are carried out with minimal discomfort.
Customized Exercise Training Plan:
If you’re worried your needs won’t be understood, that’s not true.
Each person’s experience with arthritis is unique, which means there can’t be a one-size-fits-all solution.
Recognizing this, physical therapists devise exercise plans tailored to your specific needs and challenges.
This personal touch ensures exercises are both effective and safe, maximizing benefits while minimizing any potential risks.
Ready To Reclaim Your Life From Arthritis? Get Gym Ready
Thinking about kickstarting your fitness journey but grappling with doubts or concerns?
You’re in good company.
I’ve had the pleasure of guiding numerous individuals, many of whom had initial worries, towards achieving their fitness goals.
This National Physical Therapy Month, we’re offering you a Free Wellness Assessment.
Come on over, let’s discuss your fitness goals, and any concerns you might have, and receive personalized advice from an expert member of our team.
If you’re not quite ready for a face-to-face session, no worries! We’re here for you, offering Free Telephone Consultations.
Trust in us. Like the people of Siouxland did, voting us their #1 choice for physical therapy for two consecutive years!
Can’t wait to get started on this journey with you.
Until then, keep moving and stay strong!
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