Physical therapy is one of the primary reasons why new patients seek out the services of Dr. Matthew Shave at 34th Street Chiropractic and Wellness in the Midtown Manhattan area of New York, New York. When an individual has sustained an injury or is experiencing illness that impacts their ability to function, physical therapy offers measurable results.
The human body is a highly complex structure, and it relies upon many interconnected systems for proper function. When that system is damaged due to illness or injury, optimal performance is impossible, and significant levels of pain can result. Patients seek physical therapy to address a wide range of problems, including recovery from a traumatic injury, restorative care following a serious illness, or improvement of bodily function that has been impeded by excessive levels of chronic stress.
Patients can expect to begin their physical therapy path with a comprehensive assessment with their chiropractor. At that time, information will be gathered on the patient’s current state of health, as well as his or her health and wellness goals. Once the practitioner has a clear idea of the current issues at play, a course of treatment will be designed. Physical therapy approaches are tailored to the needs of each patient, but common treatments options include massage therapy, medically supervised range-of-motion exercises and the application of various technologies, both new and time-honored.
A critical component of physical therapy involves teaching patients new techniques for completing their normal daily tasks. This serves to empower patients to optimize their physical performance and avoid further injury. Patients who require assistive devices, either on a short-term or permanent basis, are trained in how to properly use those pieces of equipment. Patients are also provided with a full program of exercises and stretches that can be performed at home. In many cases, patients who seek physical therapy have come to accept limited mobility, chronic pain and reduced physical performance as an unavoidable state of being. When they are provided with the tools and information needed to improve those issues, they are often surprised and grateful to learn just how much they can improve their daily quality of life.