Surprising Ways a Physical Therapist Can Help You

When someone hears the words physical therapy there is very a common misconception of what physical therapy is.  Many people think of just helping an athlete after a major injury while others think massage or personal training.  With today’s sub-specialties, physical therapists can actually help in many ways patients don’t typically expect.

When people hear of traumatic brain injuries they usually only think of strokes but more common injuries to younger people, concussions, can make it hard to walk, exercise, and do everyday things like school work/homework.  Damage to the brain can affect the way the nerves communicate with the muscles.  Physical therapy retrains the brain by forcing the body to go through the motions to relearn, which rebuilds connections between the brain and muscles.

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Do you ever feel like your world is turning upside down when every time you stand up you become dizzy and unstable?  Physical therapists have been treating vertigo for many years. Benign proximal positional vertigo (BPPV), the most common cause of vertigo, can commonly be diminished one or two sessions of physical therapy.

If you, or a loved one, have been lucky enough to survive a heart attack, the next thing you need to do is strengthen the muscles weakened by the heart disease. Physical therapists help strengthen your heart with a graded exercise program that starts with very basic exercises and advances you as your body is able to tolerate with exercise regimens are prescribed carefully so patients don’t push their bodies too far.

Bad posture and excessive stress not only cause headaches but can also contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction which is one of the main causes of jaw pain. The tightness and poor alignment from bad posture and stress will alter your bite or force your muscles to work harder and lead to teeth grinding.  This bad posture does also contribute to neck pain and tension headaches, things which physical therapists are the experts in fixing.

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Low back pain is by far the most common musculoskeletal problem with nearly 80% of the population being affected at some point in their life.  Postural exercises can help, but active therapy is the way to go. Depending on the cause of your pain, a physical therapist can lead you through exercises to strengthen the core and the muscles of the hip and low back.  Physical therapists also use their hands as tools (manual therapy) to ensure the joints of the back are moving in proper alignment.

Urine problems are never fun to talk about, but a physical therapist is the healthcare provider to confide in. Physical Therapy helps people with stress incontinence caused by a weakness in pelvic floor muscles with specialized pelvic floor exercises, patients strengthen their muscles and gain bladder control, and regain a normal lifestyle.

Physical therapists are more than just personal trainers or massage therapists.  Most physical therapists have undergone seven to eight years of specialized education to obtain their Doctorate degree.  Do you need help and don’t know where to turn?  Book your FREE Discovery Visit here!

Andrew Vertson

Andrew Vertson

Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Fresno in 1991. He then earned his Master’s degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 and his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Loma Linda University. In 1996 he also earned his Certification as an Athletic Trainer. He has also completed extensive post-graduate course work in orthopedic manual therapy through Kaiser-West Los Angeles and the Ola Grimsby Institute.
Andrew Vertson

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