What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy reduces pain, encourages healing, and strengthens your body without medication or invasive procedures.

Techniques the physical therapists at Onesource Sports Neuro Rehab use might be active (where you do specific exercises or movements) or passive (where your therapist performs a treatment while you sit or lie still).

Physical therapy forms a vital part of most people’s treatment for musculoskeletal conditions and many other health problems.

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What are the different kinds of physical therapy?

Physical therapy takes many forms, including:

  • Manual therapy
  • Osteopractic therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Laser treatments
  • Stretching and strengthening
  • Conditioning
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Balance training
  • Taping
  • Bracing
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Spinal decompression

Onesource Sports Neuro Rehab also offers specialized treatments, including LSVT BIG® for people with Parkinson’s disease, virtual reality for neurodegenerative disorders, vestibular rehabilitation for vertigo and dizziness, and geriatric specialty therapy.

What conditions can physical therapy treat?

Physical therapy is essential for people with musculoskeletal conditions and disorders that affect the nervous system, including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain)
  • Dementia
  • Anxiety and depression

The highly skilled therapists at Onesource Sports Neuro Rehab can also provide post-stroke and post-surgical rehabilitation services.

How important is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is often fundamental to your recovery. Some of its key functions include:

Preventing atrophy

Physical therapy stops muscle fibers and connective tissues from shortening and weakening (which can limit your mobility).

Supporting healing

Increased physical activity enables your heart to pump more blood to the injured area. Blood carries oxygen, nutrients, and healing cells like growth factors to the site, increasing the availability of these substances that are vital to healing.

Improving mood

Being sick or injured can be depressing, especially if you’re in a lot of pain or have limited mobility. Physical therapy boosts the release of feel-good chemicals in your brain. It also helps reduce brain fog — difficulties thinking clearly and remembering that are a symptom of disorders like fibromyalgia.

Fighting lethargy

Lethargy — feeling tired and lacking energy all the time — is common with many chronic conditions. Increasing the physical activity you do helps raise your energy levels and combat feelings of fatigue.

Onesource Sports Neuro Rehab provides on-site physical therapy facilities and offers a home therapy service for patients who are homebound or find it difficult to visit in person.

To find out more about the benefits of physical therapy, call Onesource Sports Neuro Rehab today or book an appointment online.