Physical therapy offers many benefits to people who have been injured or who are recovering from a traumatic illness. Therapists know what exercises and activities would be most beneficial in helping a patient regain their health and level of physical fitness prior to their injury. The therapist will teach them the proper way to perform each activity and give them the time they need to adjust to the new level of activity. Working with a physical therapist gives the patient an opportunity to work in a safe environment and gives them the peace of mind that they are working at a pace that will reduce the risk of re-injury, while at the same time keeping them on track with their goals.
Physical therapy goes hand-in-hand with chiropractic care. As the person's structural form is brought back into alignment and balance, physical therapy works to strengthen the body and provides the support that is needed to continue to move forward. With each adjustment, the body is brought closer to its prior state of health. During the time the body was not functioning properly muscle strength and tone was lost. The exercises used during the therapy program work to strengthen the muscles and become more flexible. Range of motion is increased and the body becomes more mobile.
The amount of physical therapy a patient needs will depend on the severity of their illness or injury, the length of time they were incapacitated, and how much strength they lost during their recovery. In the beginning, physical therapy may be needed on a daily basis. As the person continues to heal and begins to resume their regular day-to-day activities, the number of therapy sessions needed each week will be decreased. Patients who have experienced a traumatic physical injury may need therapy on a regular basis for several months. Some patients may be well on their way to a full recovery after a few short weeks.
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