5 Amazing Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps reduce pain and improve your body’s functions. Medical Director Cary Nelson, MD, Executive Director Kari Hawkins, DC, and our knowledgeable physical therapists at Advanced Integrative Medical Center in Redondo Beach, California, offer pain relief and care without resorting to drugs or surgery. Here are five great ways physical therapy can help.

1. Manage pain without medication

Whether you’re recovering from surgery or dealing with chronic pain from previous injuries or health conditions, such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis or sciatica, our knowledgeable therapists can help relieve your pain without prescription drugs.

Our therapists utilize a range of treatments to help you heal, including:

  • Cold therapy and moist heat
  • Electrical stimulation to reduce pain without drugs
  • Ultrasound to improve blood flow and/or heal muscles, tendons, and tissues
  • Phonophoresis, ultrasound to deliver topical medications

2. Ease the pain of arthritis

Arthritis affects over 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States. It causes more disability than any other condition. One of its main symptoms is joint pain. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), physical therapy can help arthritis sufferers and others improve mobility, increase strength and perform daily tasks. 

Our experienced therapists use various stretching exercises and other means to increase range of motion and lessen your pain. By strengthening your body’s core and leg muscles, you can perform certain activities, from climbing stairs to fixing dinner, more easily. 

3. Improve posture and mobility

We can help build your muscle strength and range of motion through a series of repetitive movements and exercises. Whether you’re an athlete seeking physical therapy following an injury or you have chronic health issues that impede mobility, you may benefit greatly from physical therapy.

Typical exercises for sports injuries may include:

  • Squats
  • Bench presses
  • Isolation exercises such as knee extensions and lateral raises

We’ll devise a personal exercise plan based on your individual needs.

4. Heal more quickly after surgery, or avoid it entirely

Our physical therapists help you heal after surgery or major illnesses, such as a heart attack or stroke. You can even improve blood sugar levels through ongoing aerobic exercises, which is especially helpful to those with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Those considering surgery may discover physical therapy eliminates or minimizes their ongoing pain or condition, making surgery unnecessary.

5. Relief from female issues

Women undergo an array of health issues throughout their lives, from postpartum pain to incontinence. We can reduce your discomfort from such ongoing symptoms as: 

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lymphedema
  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain and more

Don’t struggle through pain or injury alone

Our caring physical therapists can help both men and women combat a range of health issues, including: 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sports injuries from tennis elbow to concussion
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Our talented team at Advanced Integrative Medical Center provides physical therapy and a host of integrative care, including spinal adjustments. We even offer telemedicine appointments to help assess your specific needs and develop your personalized course of action. Simply give us a call at 424-210-8093 or /appointments today.

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