Chiropractor for Algonquin and Lake in the Hills

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services in Algonquin, IL

Eliminate Pain and Stiffness So You Can Return to Your Active Lifestyle

Physical therapy (PT) is a branch of rehabilitative health that uses specific rehabilitative exercises and equipment to help people regain physical function and improve posture. PT promotes overall health, fitness and quality of life. Most Algonquin Chiropractic Center patients undergo some form of it as part of their customized treatment plan.

A PT program may be the right option if you’re in pain, have poor posture, or suffer from inflammation and poor balance. These treatment plans can also help restore strength, increase endurance, stabilize the spine, and improve overall function. Contact us today to schedule a consultation if you think this type of program is right for you.

A patient does physical therapy under supervision of a doctor

Types of Physical Therapy

If Dr. Galante believes physical therapy is the right option for your unique needs, you’ll generally progress through two stages—passive and active therapy.

Passive Therapy

A passive therapy care plan aims to reduce the pain and inflammation you’re experiencing at the outset. Typically, passive therapy begins shortly after an injury (or illness) that affects the muscles and joints of the body. Patients who come to Algonquin Chiropractic Center for a sports therapist after an injury often begin their journey with passive therapy.

Passive therapy treatments can include:

  • Hot and cold packs
  • Electric muscle stimulation (EMS)
    • Interferential current (IFC)
    • Russian stimulation / Burst-mode alternating current (BMAC)
    • High voltage pulsed current (HVPC)
  • Gentle stretches
  • Super-pulsed laser treatment
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Cox Technic
  • Spinal decompression

Active Therapy

Active therapy is what people commonly think of as physical rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is a more active form of physical therapy. The goal of rehabilitation is to restore maximum function, improve strength and enhance performance. You’ll improve your ability to perform basic movements, increase your functional strength, and regain stability. As a result, you’ll be better able to complete work-related tasks and enjoy leisurely activities.

Treatments in this stage include:

  • Whole Body Standing Vibration Therapy
  • Rehab
  • Squats (and other exercises)
  • Weight Training

Dr. Galante also has numerous exercises on his YouTube channel to help improve strength, stability, and balance. You can check them out here and perform these exercises at home.

How Physical Therapy Works

At Algonquin Chiropractic Center, we aim to make your experience with us as simple and stress-free as possible. But most importantly, we want you to get the results you want and deserve. That’s why we follow a proven process to diagnose and gently heal your musculoskeletal problems so you can return to your active lifestyle without hassle. Here’s what you can expect when you choose our practice for your physical therapy or rehabilitation needs:

1. Thorough Consultation

Dr. Galante will sit down with you to discuss the pain and other issues you’ve been experiencing. Then, he’ll run some noninvasive tests to diagnose the problem, which may include X-rays. He’ll also listen to your concerns and answer any questions you have.

2. Custom Treatment Plan

Based on his findings during the consultation, Dr. Galante will develop a custom physical therapy treatment plan to overcome pain, improve balance and regain mobility. Your plan may include additional treatments, like chiropractic adjustments, to be most effective.

3. PT Appointments

Once a treatment plan has been agreed on, you’ll likely begin with passive physical therapy. As your pain decreases, you’ll move into active therapy. Cox Technic and spinal adjustments will be in your treatment plan so you can continue healing and regain your active lifestyle.

The Benefits of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

You can expect numerous benefits from choosing Algonquin Chiropractic Center for your physical therapy and rehabilitation needs. A few of the more prominent benefits include:

Better Function

Doctor helps diagnose pain by gently pressing on patient’s back

When pain is decreased, your body (and mind) are better able to function. This is why pain management is our first and most important short-term goal.

Improve Balance

Patient on crutches works to improve balance

Poor balance can increase the risk of injury and make daily tasks challenging. Physical therapy aims to slowly improve this to keep you safe and active.

Develop Strength

Patient works with weights

PT focuses on regaining the strength you had before your accident, injury or illness. In fact, you may be even stronger than before once treatment is complete.

Regain Mobility

Doctor works on patients knee for mobility

Loss of mobility, flexibility and general muscle function can be devastating. We’ll work to help you regain basic function so you can return to your normal activities.

Frequently Asked Questions About Physical Therapy

What conditions can a physical therapist near me treat?

Physical therapy can be helpful in the treatment of many conditions. Musculoskeletal, sports-related, work-related and motor vehicle accidents are common reasons people use physical therapy. Other reasons include arthritis, carpal tunnel, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, headaches, lower back pain, sciatica, migraines and more.

However, this isn’t an all-inclusive list. If you believe you may benefit from these services, we encourage you to schedule a consultation.

Is physical therapy painful?

PT may sometimes be slightly uncomfortable, and everyone’s pain tolerance is different. However, we take every measure to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible during your appointments. If you feel pain at any time during your PT visit, please let us know so we can adjust our treatment plan accordingly.

How long will I need to do physical therapy?

Most treatment plans last between four and twelve weeks. But this is more of a guideline than a rule, and your plan may be shorter or longer. It depends on your reason for PT, the severity of the issue and whether you follow your at-home plan.

How quickly can I see results from PT?

You should see minor improvements in pain after each visit and improvements in overall health after six to eight weeks. However, it’s important to remember everyone is different. You may see results slower or quicker than average, and that’s okay.  Physical therapy is about slow, steady results that will last.

Think You Could Benefit from Physical Therapy?

You may benefit from a PT program at Algonquin Chiropractic Center for many reasons. These treatment plans effectively reduce pain, decrease inflammation, improve balance, correct posture, and so much more.

If you believe you could benefit from a personalized PT treatment plan, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We can’t wait to help you return to your active lifestyle!