Physical Therapy Benefits: What to Know if You’re Headed to the Physical Therapist

Physical therapy is something most people experience at some point in their lives. If you deal with back and neck pain issues for an extended period of time, you may end up at physical therapy.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Physical therapists focus on decreasing pain and increasing mobility. They want to get you back to living the life you love as quickly as possible — but it will take a little time and patience.

Benefits of physical therapy include reducing pain, reducing inflammation, improving mobility, improving alignment and balance, recovering and healing from injury, personalizing your care, potential to avoid surgery — and so many more.

Virginia Therapy and Fitness Center (VTFC) Expert Larry Grine

We are thankful to be sponsored and supported by Virginia Spine Institute, which includes the Virginia Therapy and Fitness Center (VTFC), home of many incredible physical therapists.

We had the opportunity to interview one of them, Larry Grine, a PT with a unique specialty of orthopaedic manual physical therapy and biomechanical assessment of human movement. Check out this interview:

Don’t miss Larry’s great career story and the incredible advice he offers for those enter and leaving physical therapy.

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We also want to cover a few more details about physical therapy and what to expect when you are there.

Non-Active Physical Therapy Treatments:

  • Heat or ice packs
  • TENS unit
  • Ultrasound
  • Dry needling

Active Physical Therapy Treatments may include:

  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Aerobic Exercise

Physical Therapy Benefits: Whole Body Approach

When it comes to physical therapy, a whole-body approach is best. So is a realistic understanding of how long it might take to overcome your issues. While technology and treatments have improved immensely in the past decade, bodies still take time to adapt and heal. Physical therapy benefits are endless and we encourage you to speak with your doctor abvout making it part of your recovery journey.

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Every body is different and every injury or issue may require it’s own unique treatment plan. Speak with your doctor and physical therapist about your situation and get a realistic understanding of how long your treatment will take. Then commit to the program and look to the stories of our Spinal Champions to see that hope and healing is possible!