Physical Therapists are often thought of as the medical field that specifically deals with issues surrounding your back, or more specifically, your spine. While they certainly focus on your spine, physical therapists are essentially joint and nerve specialists. And since all your nerves travel from your brain and through the spinal column, if there is a disruption in any part of the spine, it can significantly affect your ability to function normally.
With all the messages that your brain sends through the spinal cord, it should not be a surprise that physical therapy. can offer benefits to several aspects of your life. Below, we have compiled a list of just some of the benefits of physical therapy.
If you’re faced with high blood pressure, it can be overwhelming to think about adding a medication that has several serious side effects on your daily routine. These side effects include fatigue, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, and weight loss. Recently, a study has found that just one. The adjustment could result in the same benefits as medications that are specifically designed to lower your blood pressure, and that the effects of that adjustment could last for as long as six months.
If an adjustment can offer the same results as the medications, but without the daunting side effects, it may be the right time to book an appointment with your Physical Therapists.
It probably isn’t a surprise that physical therapy helps with pain in the neck and back. However, some studies suggest that 80% of Americans experience some sort of lower back pain in their lives. With costly surgeries, addictive pain medications and mixed levels of relief, physical therapy is another option that many people just don’t consider. Physical Therapy can help to correct any issues without invasive procedures or prescription medications and may be a viable alternative for your neck and back issues.
Both tension and migraine headaches can often be traced to your back. Spinal issues or back misalignment can create a strain on your muscles as they attempt to compensate. This additional strain can trigger tension and migraine headaches. Adjustments can help to align the back and in turn, the muscles can relax, and prevent future headaches from arriving. In fact, there are over 200 studies that confirm these results!
Scoliosis is a medical condition that causes the spine to abnormally curve. This change in posture can cause issues with pain, breathing, and an overall reduction in your range of motion. While the treatment options are limited for people who have been diagnosed with scoliosis, physical therapy is generally a great alternative.
When physical therapy is combined with physical therapy, it has been shown to slow the progression of the disease while improving a patient’s quality of life.
Sciatic pain is caused by an issue in the sciatic nerve that travels down to your legs. Any problems that impair the nerve's ability to function can result in pain in one or both legs. This pain can be so debilitating that it sometimes leads to an over-prescription or addiction to certain pain medications.
Physical Therapy works to help reduce the pressure that is placed on the sciatic nerve. Studies have shown that when patients visit their physical therapists to receive care, there was a reduction in the number of days that they experienced pain as well as a reduction in their pain severity.
Neurological conditions can be caused by a wide variety of reasons. Physical Therapy for these conditions can help to increase both blood and cerebrospinal fluid which, in turn, delivers more oxygen to and removes waste from the skull, allowing the brain to have an increased ability to heal and function properly.
While this list is only a sampling of the many benefits that physical therapy can offer, you may likely have been experiencing some of these issues yourself. If you’ve been diagnosed or are dealing with any of these conditions, you should call your physical therapists to discuss your options today.