What Physical Therapy is All About


How physical therapy works

Physical therapy can be defined as a form of treatment for physical problems and complications that deter you from managing your daily tasks. It can be used for a physical injury or disease to the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems in our bodies without needing surgery or drugs. Physical therapists are responsible for properly carrying out this therapy.

Physical therapists help us in better movements and alleviate our pain. The aim of physical therapy is to fix or ameliorate the physical purpose and the proper levels of fitness for patients. Physical therapy enables people to tackle their daily responsibilities with ease. Preventing any future disorders in the movement may be easier if people embark on measures to avoid such occurrences right from the childhood and continue following up throughout their lives.

A therapist will analyze you as well as discuss your signs with you and your day – to – day duties. Your therapist then helps you through a treatment program. The aim of this program is to assist you in moving better and restoring or increasing your coordination, endurance, flexibility, balance, and strength. Physical therapists will begin at relieving you of any pain and swellings. The utilization of manual therapy techniques like electrical stimulation, heat, water, cold, ultrasonography as well as knowledge is prevalent in this therapy.

How physical therapy helps back pain

Both doctors and patients often misdiagnose back pain. Back pain is very dangerous and can be disabling as well. This type of pain is becoming more prevalent due significant changes in lifestyle. Depending on the irritated structures, the symptoms for back pain may vary across humanity.

However, some of the prevalent signs of back pain include a burning sensation, tingling, back pain with some radiation to your legs and numbness and much more. If you experience such symptoms, you need to take them seriously and immediately seek medical help to preclude further damage that may cause more complications that are severe. Your back pain may be as a result of lumbar joints arthritis, protruded or herniated discs, or pinched nerve within the spinal foramen or canal. Besides, it could be from ligamentous or muscular pain. Other causes could be bad posture, trauma, hypermobility, and developmental aberrations.

Back pain requires individualized approach because it is very multifactorial. It is of the essence to deal with the cause instead of treating the symptoms. To enable your therapists to tackle the cause head on, you need to discuss what generated the pain as well as your movement dysfunction. Treatment methodologies like clinical plates, postural retraining, acupuncture, myofascial release, ISM, and DNS can be utilized to relieve your back pain.

Physical therapy to strengthen core

People can use this therapy to train their body musculature for core stability and strength. Core strengthening can be very determining when it comes to going back to active sporting. It can also determine how you will continue doing your daily activities. Since your core strength lies in your abdominals, your core strengthening therapy will be centered toward the abdominal muscles. To effectively strengthen your core, physical therapy requires training of multiple muscles. The reason being, an attempt to enhance the function of a single muscle is faulty and may lead to greater dysfunction.

Physical therapy for your core strengthening requires improving the functions of more than one muscles. One of the most crucial facets of the performance of your abdominal muscles is having the ability to obtain the necessary control for efficient core lengthening. Your physical therapy should entail helping you to stabilize your spine appropriately. Besides, physical therapy helps you achieve an optimal maintenance of movement and alignment of your spine and pelvis.

Physical therapy trains you to preclude excessive compensatory motions and stress when going beyond your extremities. This type of treatment may also recommend several exercises for you core strengthening. Such exercises as sit – ups, leg raises, crunches, and side bends amidst others have excellent results on your core strength.

Physical therapy to improve flexibility

Your physical flexibility will be of much help in reaching the optimal levels of fitness that your body can manage. It can also perform a vital part in preventing injuries. Next to training for strength and conditioning your cardiovascular activities, flexibility is the fierce mainstay of your fitness. Physical therapy helps you improve significantly on your flexibility through various exercises and training. Through these training, you can stretch your muscles increasing the length of the fibers or tendons of muscle attaching them to the bones.

The longer your muscle tendons become, the more you will increase the size of your muscle during strength training. The more your muscles are flexible, the more you can make them stronger. In turn, having sturdy muscle tendons will boost your levels of metabolism thereby increasing your fitness levels. Besides, flexible muscles will make your daily task easier to execute as well as help you minimize chances of particular injuries.

Physical therapy to improve balance

Your balance could affect how you attain and hold upright and stable positions when you are standing, sitting or even walking. Several determinants can make you have problems related to your balance. Among these factors are stiffness of your joints, weakness of your muscles, and sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, medical statuses like arthritis, injuries to your medulla spinalis, and diabetes could affect your balance.

Your needs will determine how physical therapy will treat your equilibrate problems. You will get training directed at evaluating multiple systems of your body, including skin sensation, inner ear, joints, proprioception, muscles as well as eye – tracking ability.
A physical therapist is a professional expert who will prescribe active physical and movement techniques and exercises to ameliorate these systems including inner ear retraining, stretching, proprioception training, visual tracking, and strengthening.
Following your physical therapy well, you will cut down on the chances of falling, meliorate your mobility, strength, balance, and movement as well as increase your activity levels.

Physical therapy equipment

To enhance your physical therapy, various assistive devices and modalities are required. Some of these devices are discussed below. For you to add to your flexibility while relieving pain, a traction device is needed. Ultrasound can be applied on your tissues to produce heat. This will relax your muscles, cut down on pain through nerve endings sedation, and boost local metabolic processes in your body.

Another equipment is the electric muscle stimulation. You use this device to exercise muscular tissues that you are unable to contract. Therapeutic exercise provides a wide range of actions intended to improve flexibility, a range of motion, cardiovascular fitness, and strength.

For your physical therapy needs, you require doing your research well and seeking services from well – trained, qualified, experienced, and certified physical therapist. This will ensure you receive quality services as well as achieve your goals.
With excellent and qualified staff, our clinic delivers services through certified methodologies. The facility is well – equipped with state of the art technology and instruments to ensure your physical therapy is monitored and runs smoothly. We offer over ten treatment methods, with each method customized depending on your individual needs.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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