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When your doctor sends you to physical therapy it is to help you recover from an injury, or to help you successfully live with a permanent disability. It is likely you are in pain and have lost significant flexibility to the area that has been injured. Your therapist will stock the very best physical therapy supplies to help you achieve your goal, which is to regain range of motion and muscle strength to the inflicted area.

When you first step into the physical therapy center you can be overwhelmed at what to expect. However, your fears are really unfounded, because therapists are caring professionals and they proceed with treatment in a slow and progressive manner. They are well-versed in different body types and how injuries affect all areas of the body. In other words, they know how to get you back on the road to recovery. They will introduce specific stretching and exercises designed to recover lost motion range and to strengthen the injured area.

In addition to stretching and exercise you will be introduced to heat, electrical stimulation, and ice packs. Electrical stimulation is a low voltage device. Electrodes are attached to the injured area and the low voltage is applied to the skin of the injury. Electrical impulses are sent to the nerves which scramble the normal pain messages the brain is sending. This allows pain to be reduced without taking medications.

Physical therapy is introduced for a variety of injuries, but lower back pain is the most common ailment that is treated. Many people suffer from lower back pain as a direct result of their jobs. Sitting and typing in front of a computer all day is really not healthy. If this describes you it is vital that you stand and take a short break once per hour. Get up from the chair and stretch. This is a good time to do a mini-workout. After all, there is no rule that says you must do all of your exercise all at one time. If you want to avoid physical therapy this advice should be heeded.

In closing, physical therapy is used to treat injuries and permanent disabilities. The idea is to regain as much flexibility and muscle strength to the area as is possible. The therapist will have you stretching and exercising in a controlled environment to accomplish this. You will likely receive electrical stimulation, heat, and ice packs as part of your therapy

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