Feeling stiff and achy. Joint inflammation. Frequent headaches. All these symptoms can be linked to a category of conditions called musculoskeletal disorders.
Musculoskeletal disorders are issues that affect body parts like your muscles, other soft tissue, joints and bones. Unfortunately, these issues are far too common. Research shows that more than 50% of Americans are currently suffering from some musculoskeletal disorder. Physical therapy is an outstanding tool to help treat musculoskeletal problems.
What benefits can physical therapy have for musculoskeletal disorders?
Physical therapists are trained to help patients find ways to move more freely and improve their quality of life. Some of the benefits of physical therapy include:
- Decreased recovery time from injury
- Improved range of motion and mobility
- Increased strength and stability
- Reduced chance of future injury
Three tips to help you get the most out of your physical therapy
Every patient experiences injuries and medical conditions in different ways. This is why the most effective therapy plans are personalized to fit your specific needs. However, even the best therapy plan is more likely to benefit you if you follow these three tips:
- Show up
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Much like this inspirational quote, your body loses out on 100% of the benefits of physical therapy if you aren’t there. Find the motivation to get to your appointment. Keep that goal in mind when you think you’re too tired or want to reschedule for the next week.
- Ask questions
During a physical therapy session, it can be tempting to silently endure your appointment in the hopes that it will end as quickly as possible. However, you would not be using the full expertise of the physical therapist by staying quiet. Specifically, asking questions during your appointment:
- Can help you and your therapist set and adjust rehab goals
- Allows your therapist to explain the benefit or reasoning behind a treatment or exercise
- Provides clarification or assistance with proper form
- Shows your physical therapist that you’re an active participant in your rehab
- Try your best
Physical therapy can sometimes be uncomfortable. It can be hard to push yourself when you’re uncomfortable. Putting forth your best effort is crucial to achieving your rehab goals.
If your job leaves you tired after a long day, try scheduling your appointment first thing in the morning while you are fresh. Other patients are night owls and are much more alert in the afternoon and evening. Some people need to eat or have a nap before being at their best. Whatever the case may be, do what you need to do to put yourself in a position to put forth your best effort at physical therapy.
Continuum Wellness offers physical therapy for many musculoskeletal disorders
Need physical therapy for a musculoskeletal disorder? Our therapy specialists at Continuum Wellness are ready and willing to help you get the care you need. We offer free screenings designed to reveal the specific source of your symptoms. Our team also excels at creating personalized therapy plans to fit the needs of each patient we see.
Can’t get out of the house to come to our therapy clinic? Don’t worry! Our team offers at-home therapy and virtual care sessions that you can use without leaving home. In addition, you don’t have to have a doctor’s referral to begin using any of our therapy services.
Don’t wait to start getting our help. Contact our team today for more information about the issues we can help treat or to schedule your initial appointment.