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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Thank a Doctor Today!

March 30th is National Doctor’s Day!

National Doctor’s Day was created to show appreciation to physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury. The first Doctor’s Day was celebrated on March 30, 1933, when the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond set the day aside to honor physicians everywhere. This was the anniversary of the first time general anesthetic was used in surgery. In 1990, President George Bush officially declared March 30th as “National Doctor’s Day”.

 

Manual Physical Therapy for Pain

Modalities vs. Manual Therapy

Some patients arrive at their first physical therapy appointment expecting to receive hot packs and instructions on how to complete a series of exercises. Electrical muscle stimulation, heat and ice are all considered modalities. A modality is a type of electrical, thermal or mechanical energy that causes physiological change to relieve pain. To explain more, our friends at Western Berks Physical Therapy made a handy little video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIe4w6WdgS0

So what other treatments are available other than modalities?

This brings us to Manual physical therapy! Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a modality. In manual therapy, therapists use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints to decrease pain. Manual physical therapy is proven to restore mobility to stiff joints and reduce muscle tension in order to return you to more natural movement without pain. It can also provide effective relief for patients with chronic and acute back pain from soft tissue injuries such as a back muscle strain or a pulled ligament.

WARNING: NOT ALL PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS ARE CREATED EQUAL! 

While all physical therapists have the option to use manual therapy in their practices, many therapists don’t spend the time or the resources to become proficient in this area of practice. Make sure to research physical therapy providers near you before making your decision on where to attend therapy! Remember that YOU have the choice of where you would like to go for therapy. When a physician provides a prescription for physical therapy, it can be “filled” wherever YOU want, not where the doctor tells you.  Some physicians with their own physical therapy office will tell their patients that they must use the doctor’s facility for rehabilitation.  That is simply not true!  In fact, it is unlawful to practice what is known as “self-referral”. We suggest finding a provider who is highly skilled in manual therapy and one that uses manual techniques aimed at relaxing tense muscles and restricted joints in order to decrease pain and increase flexibility.

Where you go to therapy DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Choose wisely.

Getting to the Root of Headaches

Relieve Your Headaches with Physical Therapy

Headache pain can vary from being a slight annoyance to completely debilitating. Many headaches stem from poor body posture and position. Poor posture can put stress on the cervical spine which houses delicate nerves that can become inflamed. By examining the body and paying close attention to symptoms, our skilled physical therapists can develop a plan of care to lessen and alleviate your headaches. Avoid adding an additional medication and choose Western Berks Physical Therapy for non-surgical treatment for facial or headache pain. Using manual techniques we will improve the motion of the neck, which reduces stress and strain. Your therapist will also create a customized home exercise routine to improve muscle strength and posture. If you suffer from headaches and want relief now, visit us online at WesternBerksPT.com to learn more and schedule an appointment.

 

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My Back Pain Always Returns! What Can I Do?

After the common cold, the most reported reason Americans miss work is back pain. Unfortunately, once you have experienced back strain or injury, it can easily become a recurring problem. Many cases of back strain are due to the way we live. Unless you implement lifestyle changes, the same muscles and ligaments that were initially injured keep repeating the same patterns, never allowing them to properly heal or be protected. Even worse, a recent study discovered that our natural inclination to avoid using sore or damaged muscles causes us to “compensate,” using inappropriate muscle groups in ways that normally produce pain. That’s why physical therapy is so important for back injuries.

Since shortened, weak or inflexible muscles are often responsible for causing back injuries in the first place, we will focus on increasing flexibility, balance and strength in the spine, and its surrounding muscles (especially the core, trunk, and the quadriceps). Beware: designing a physical fitness program yourself can do more harm than good. By going too far, too fast, you can actually create more back strain. Leave it to the experts!

We can analyze the cause of your injury and the elements you need to  improve on. That can help keep your back pain from coming…backSchedule your back consultation today!