Types of Physical Therapy You Need to Know About

What is Physical Therapy, and How is it Used?

Physical therapy is a treatment method that helps patients regain function, increase flexibility, and rebuild muscle. This treatment can be used as a solitaire or in conjunction with other treatment methods. Many patients will use physical therapy post-surgery to help during their recovery process. This can help patients relearn motions that may feel unfamiliar after an intensive surgery, including walking and different exercises. Oftentimes, with age, individuals may begin to experience pain in the joints, including their hips, knees, shoulders, and neck. In this case, physical therapy can be an option to help them improve their functionality in these joints. 

At BEST Health System, we recommend physical therapy to many of our patients. Not only can it be a stand-alone solution for their condition, but it can also be a step in the recovery process. Our physical therapists are professionally licensed by the state to help assess patients’ conditions and suggest the appropriate exercises and stretches. Continue reading to learn more about BEST’s physical therapy program and the different types of physical therapy. 

The Different Types of Physical Therapy

Depending on the patient’s condition and overall health, they will require a different form of physical therapy. At BEST, we offer a variety of therapies to treat any condition. 

  • Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization & Soft Tissue Mobilization. This form of focuses on stimulating the body’s healing response through remodeling resorption, scar tissue, and tendon regeneration. 
  • Kinesio Taping. You can apply this over muscles to minimize pain and control inflammation. This taping allows a full range of motion, unlike restrictive sports tape. 
  • TMJ Therapy. A therapy designed to improve mobility and reduce pain associated with the jaw, neck, and surrounding facial muscles. 
  • Cupping. This therapy uses plastic cups with valves or hand pumps over trigger points or painful areas. 
  • Pelvic Floor and Core Therapy. Ideal for people suffering from incontinence, organ prolapse, and other conditions specific to women, patients are provided with education on tools for bladder retraining, pelvic exercises, behavior/ lifestyle changes, and modalities to improve their quality of life. At BEST, we use AllCore360 to accelerate results by helping patients activate all muscles without the need for impact. 
  • Dry Needling. This therapy involves inserting needles into trigger points in the body to relieve myofascial muscle pain. 
  • Total Joint Therapy. This therapy strengthens and restores knee and hip mobility pre and post-surgery through various exercises to increase range of motion, gain training, and preventive recovery techniques.  

Is Physical Therapy Right for Me?

Physical therapy is a great option for many patients throughout different points of their treatment and recovery process. Whether you are looking for pain relief or help to regain mobility, physical therapy can offer a solution. If you think this might be the right path, you should contact your primary care physician to review your symptoms and goals. 

Many times, patients use physical therapy alongside other treatments and therapies. For example, many people use medical massage or corticosteroid injections while also attending weekly physical therapy appointments. 

Treatment at BEST Health System

At BEST Health System, we believe in helping patients find the least invasive treatment option. Whether this is a range of therapies or one of our minimally invasive surgeries, all our patients deserve the BEST. Get started on your path to recovery today. 

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