Physical Therapy can offer benefits to so many people with drastically different conditions. While the conditions that are commonly linked to physical therapy generally surround spine and back health, it can also help with intestinal health and ear infections as well as a multitude of other issues.
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, you should consider a visit to your physical therapists to get a diagnosis and see what they can do to provide relief. Physical therapists offer many services without harsh or dangerous medicines or invasive procedures that can cause hospitalizations and time off work.
Growing a life is an incredibly difficult job for your body and creating a new life comes with some side effects that may not always be seen as awe-inspiring. As a woman’s body changes to facilitate the growth of the fetus, several conditions can be cause for a visit to a physical therapist. Some of these conditions include:
A protruding abdomen that curves the spine
Changes to the pelvis
Numbness or tingling in the extremities
All licensed physical therapists are required to take specific classes that focus on the treatment of expectant mothers. Some physical therapists receive additional education that further allows them to treat the specialized needs of pregnant women and their unborn children. Mothers should also consider visiting their physical therapists for postnatal adjustments to speed their recovery.
At first thought, it may seem overbearing to think about infants receiving physical therapy. However, positioning in the womb or difficult labor can result in increased strain on the spinal column. Physical Therapists can help infants with adjustments to align their spine and promote healthy immune system responses.
Physical Therapists can also help when infants have trouble breastfeeding, sleeping, have colic, or many other issues. If your newborn child is having any issues, you may want to schedule a consultation with a physical therapist to see if they can help.
Our kids are often very active and seem to be growing out of their shoes, shirts, and pants almost as soon as we buy them. This rapid growth and along with an active lifestyle can often lead to small injuries in the spine. When you combine an injury to the spine with the need for rapid growth, kids need to be in tip-top shape so that their bodies can grow and develop in a healthy and natural way. Physical Therapists can even help kids (and adults) who suffer from ear infections.
Today’s adults have increasingly stressful jobs. Whether you sit at a desk for eight hours a day, which can result in poor posture and pinched nerves, or have an active job where you may have to stand for several hours or lift heavy objects throughout the day, these motions can result in back, neck or muscle pain. Luckily, physical therapists are able to help all of these individuals.
As our bodies age, it’s natural that some of our joints deteriorate and we feel more discomfort than we used to. While many people believe that this discomfort is a natural part of the aging process and something that must be dealt with, proper spinal alignment can actually help alleviate many of the aches and pains that people may just attribute to their age.
It should be clear by now that there are no contraindications for physical therapists when simply considering your age.
There are a few patient types that may not benefit from a physical therapist if they are looking to receive an adjustment. These patients include those with:
Failed back surgery
Multiple back surgeries that have not completely healed
Certain types of spinal implants
While spinal adjustments may not be the right course of action for every patient, there are many other treatments available to choose from that may be the right fit. Make sure that your physical therapists are aware of your condition so you can discuss the best treatment options for you will be along with the benefits and risks associated with each. Please don't hesitate to call your physical therapists and schedule an appointment to help alleviate your pain today.